Super Bowl 50: Weather Forecast, Prop Bets, Predictions for Panthers vs. Broncos

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 02:  The betting line and some of the nearly 400 proposition bets for Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos are displayed at the Race & Sports SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on February 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The newly renovated sports book has the world's largest indoor LED video wall with 4,488 square feet of HD video screens measuring 240 feet wide and 20 feet tall.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Northern California residents know that there are no guarantees when it comes to their weather.

However, when it comes to the temperature and the overall climate conditions for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, the weather in Santa Clara, California, should be ideal for the NFL's biggest game of the season.

The Weather Channel is expecting temperatures to reach a high of 73 degrees on Sunday with sunny skies. There is no chance of precipitation, and that means Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers and Peyton Manning and the Broncos will have no weather-related excuses for not putting on a great show.

Understanding the weather will not be a factor in the game is hugely important for fans who are interested in making bets on the Super Bowl, including prop bets which seemingly become more popular every year.

Knowing the sun will be shining on a field that is expected to be in excellent shape—despite some of the problems that Levi's Stadium has had this year—should give the skill-position players an advantage.

One of the most popular prop bets is the one that considers the first touchdown of the game. This proposition offers the football fan to get off to an excellent start if he can come up with the player who gets into the end zone first.

Carolina's Jonathan Stewart scored the first touchdown in the game four times this season, and a $100 wager on the running back would return a profit of $800, according to Odds Shark if he does it again in Super Bowl 50. Demaryius Thomas scored the first touchdown three times for the Broncos, and he is listed at plus-900. 

Cam Newton is plus-700 while tight end Greg Olsen is plus-750. C.J. Anderson and Emmanuel Sanders of the Broncos are also plus-900.

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers participates in drills during practice prior to Super Bowl 50 at San Jose State University on February 5, 2016 in San Jose, California. The Carolina Panthers face the Denver B
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Good weather should help the quarterbacks and receivers ply their trade in Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton can bring his backers a $100 profit for a bet of $125 if he passes for more than 240.5 yards. Those that don't think Newton will reach that level must risk $105 to win $100.

STANFORD, CA - FEBRUARY 04:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass the ball during practice at Stanford Stadium on February 4, 2016 in Stanford, California. The Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016.
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Peyton Manning must throw for more than 235.5 yards to give his backers a victory in the passing yards over/under. The betting proportions for Manning are the same as the ones that Newton's backers face in this proposition.

There are solid payoffs involving the receiver who will conclude Super Bowl 50 with the most yardage. Thomas is listed at plus-275 while Olsen is listed at plus-300. Other receivers include Emmanuel Sanders (+325), Ted Ginn Jr. (+500) and Corey "Philly" Brown (+650). No other receiver is listed at less than plus-1,200.

Bettors can also make a wager on whether there will be a defensive or special teams touchdown. Those who say there will be will win $200 for a $100 wager, while a bet that it won't happen will require a wager of $260 to win $100.

Betting on whether there will be an onside kick is also a Super Bowl prop. Those who want to bet that it will happen will win $145 for a $100 bet, but they will risk $175 to win $100 for betting that an onside kick will not be attempted.

Predictions:

Odds Shark has the Carolina Panthers favored by 5.5 points in the game, and that's a good number for those who are backing the Panthers. That's because a two-field goal difference will give them a victory in their bet. During the first week of betting, the spread had reached six points, and that would have turned a two-field goal difference into a push.

The over/under in the game is listed at 44.5, and the good weather should help both offensive teams exceed that figure.

We see the Panthers as a strong favorite, and as a team that has a chance to finish the season with an 18-1 record as well as the league championship. That has only been done by the 1984 San Francisco 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears, and both of those teams are considered to be among the NFL's all-time best.

The Panthers may be at their level, and if they are not, they are just a notch below. We see Newton leading an explosive, big-play offense and getting the best of the Broncos. Manning is no longer in a position to lead a strong come-from-behind effort.

The final score should be 33-14, meaning the Panthers cover and the over comes in.

Jonathan Stewart looks like a solid  choice to score the game's first TD.
Jonathan Stewart looks like a solid choice to score the game's first TD.Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images

Look for Stewart (+800) to score the first touchdown of the game, and the feeling here is that there will also be a defensive or special-team touchdown (+200) scored.

We don't think there will be an onside kick attempt (-175), and we will swallow hard to risk our money and hope to take a $100 profit from that wager.

It's Super Bowl Sunday, so have fun out there. But be careful, and remain in control.

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