Super Bowl 53 Primer

The Super Bowl is here, one of my favorite days of the year. I know it sounds semi-ridiculous, but it should be a national holiday … or at least the next day. It’s a huge part of American culture. The commercials, the media, and of course, the game. This years game features the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams were the number two seed in their respective conferences and had to win two playoff games to get here. Below is everything you will need to know about the game — where/how to watch it, who’s involved, the halftime show, and how to bet on the game!

When is the game?

Super Bowl LIII will take place this Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. ET.

Where is the game?

Great question. This year, the Super Bowl is being held in Atlanta, at the brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (home of the Falcons). This is the first Super Bowl the Mercedes-Benz Stadium has hosted, which opened in 2017.

The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Credit: Michael Chang/Getty Images

What is the halftime show?

Maroon 5 is the headlining performer during the Super Bowl 53 halftime show in 2019. They will be joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. 

How do I watch the game?

The most important question! This year, the game will be on CBS, which is channel 2 in the Los Angeles market (where I live). This year, you will be able to stream the game for FREE on or on their app, so that’s pretty cool. Announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romy will call the game, much to everyone’s delight.


Streaming:, CBS Sports App

Jim Nantz (Left) & Tony Romo (Right)
Credit: CBS

Who is playing?

Now let’s get to who is actually playing in the game. As mentioned before, Super Bowl 53 features the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. These two same teams played each other 17 years ago, in Super Bowl XXXVI, with the Patriots winning that game 20-17. Coincidentally, that game spawned the New England dynasty …. which has lead to five super bowl wins and nine super bowl appearances, including this one.

New England Patriots

Record: 2-0
Points scored: 39.0
Points allowed: 29.5
Yards per game: 511
Yards allowed: 312.5

Regular Season 
Record: 11-5, 1st AFCE
Points scored: 27.2
Points allowed: 20.3
Yards per game: 394.3
Yards allowed: 359.1

Los Angeles Rams

Record: 2-0
Points scored: 28.0
Points allowed: 22.5
Yards per game: 418.5
Yards allowed: 299.0

Regular Season 
Record: 13-3, 1st NFCW
Points scored: 32.9
Points allowed: 24.0
Yards per game: 394.3
Yards allowed: 358.6

I Want to Bet on the Game. How?

Let’s save the best for last! Just as the Super Bowl is one of America’s past times, so is gambling! There are plenty of sports sites that you can gamble on, and are just two of plenty. Like usual, you can bet on the game itself and a wide variety of prop bets. I’ve listed some of my favorites below.

Current Line (via

NE-3.0 (-110)-145O 57.0 (-110)
LAR+3.0 (-110)+125U 570 (-110)

Prop Bets (via Bovada)

Super Bowl MVP

  • Tom Brady +125
  • Jared Goff +250
  • Todd Gurley +1000
  • Sony Michel +1200
  • CJ Anderson +1600
  • Aaron Donald +1800
  • James White +2000
  • Julian Edelman +2000
  • Rob Gronkowski +3000
  • Brandin Cooks +4000

Coin Toss

  • Heads -105
  • Tails -105

Tomy Romo Correct Predictions

  • Over 7.5 -120
  • Under 7.5 -120

Color of Gatorade/Liquid 

  • Lime/Green/Yellow +225
  • Clear/Water +220
  • Orange +400
  • Blue +400
  • Red +600
  • Purple +1000

Will there be a Roughing the Passer penalty?

  • Yes -155
  • No +115

National Anthem Length

  • Over 1:47 +160
  • Under 1:47 +120

Sean McVay Age Mentions

  • Over 1.5 -220
  • Under 1.5 +155

Where Will Romo Work in 2019?

  • TV Analyst -500
  • Playing in the NFL +300
  • Coaching as an Offensive Coordinator +500
  • Coaching as a Defensive Coordinator +1600

Number of Commercials During Game

  • Over 96 -120
  • Under 96 -120

For full prop listings, visit

Brandon Rosenthal is a writer, podcast host/producer, and an avid sports fan since the early 1990’s. He has been covering the NFL since 2016 for You can view all of his posts and articles, and follow him on Twitter.

Author: Brandon Rosenthal

I’m a sports fanatic, podcaster, and sports blogger. Sports is a passion of mine and I enjoy connecting with other sports fans out there. You can follow me on twitter or here on Wordpress.

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