Super Bowl Prop Bets: All The Specials And Side Punts You’ll Need
Super Bowl Prop Betting Tip:
Super Bowl LVI is right around the corner and it is between the surprise AFC champs the Cincinnati Bengals and the LA Rams, who’ve gone all-in to win a second Lombardi trophy.
You could satisfy your Super Bowl betting itch with a wager on the winner, whether the Rams can cover the handicap or the total points in the game. You could even dig a little deeper and look at player specific markets like first touchdown scorer or how many rushing/receiving yards an NFL star will have in this huge game.
But, the best betting sites offer a swathe of other markets as well and they seem to compete with each other to come up with the weirdest list of prop bets for Super Bowl week.
While betting on the coin-toss or how long the National Anthem takes to sing might seem odd to some, they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
We’re going to take a look at some of the unique in-game and off-the-field betting opportunities offered for the biggest match-up of the season.
Super Bowl First Touchdown Jersey Numbers
This might sound like a needlessly complicated way of betting on first touchdown scorer, but it’s worth checking how each betting site is settling it because some terms are quite different than others.
For instance, William Hill offer odds on different player number bands, grouping player numbers 1-19 on both teams together.
That means you get Bengals star receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) and the Rams top threats Cooper Kupp (10), Odell Beckham (3) and Van Jefferson (12), as well as their cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey (5) and Darious Williams (11), plus BOTH starting quarterbacks, Matt Stafford (9) and Joe Burrow (9) - who are decent scoring threats near the goal-line.
That’s a lot of potential scorers and you’ll get odds of 2/1 on the first TD coming from them.
Alternatively, there’s a straightforward over/under of 23.5 on first touchdown jersey number from MansionBet, with the overpriced 11/10.
Those extra numbers give you Los Angeles RB Cam Akers (23) and three Bengals defensive backs – Eli Apple (20), Mike Hilton (21) and Chidobe Awuzie (22) – all of whom could make a pick-six play, especially with Matt Stafford’s tendency to throw an interception or two.
Super Bowl National Anthem Wagers
While country music artist Mickey Guyton won’t move the needle in Ireland, he’s the opening act for the NFL’s showpiece, and he’ll be a big focus for gamblers who fancy a punt on the length of the National anthem.
The market may sound ridiculous, but serious money will be wagered on it as it’s a market where quite a lot of info can be available pre-game based on rehearsals.
Paddy Power have set the line at 98.5 seconds, with over/under locked at 5/6 each. It’s worth trying to source rehearsal timings as that could get the Super Bowl off to a winning start before the game kicks off.
There are some related lines too that might grab your interest.
Betting sites also offer any scoring drive to be shorter than the national anthem length, with yes an 8/15 hot selection, while there are also lines on which QB and which coach will be shown first during the singing of the anthem.
Of those, the coach one appeals more and, given the game is in LA, you’d wonder if Sean McVay might be the director’s first choice once singing starts at 5/6.
Missed And Made Super Bowl Kicks
Both kickers in this game have had strong seasons, but the unique pressure kicking for the league championship can do strange things.
Matt Gay of the Rams has looked shakier in recent weeks than during the regular season. He has attempted nine kicks in the playoffs and made seven of them, which is solid form, and one of those misses was from over 50 yards. That isn’t a gimme for most kickers.
The second miss came in the Divisional Round versus Tampa Bay with just over six minutes left in the game.
If Gay had hit that 47-yarder there would’ve been no final minute dramatics from Cooper Kupp and Matt Stafford required to steal the game at the death. The kick came up short of the goalpost. That shouldn’t happen from that distance.
Betfair offer 9/4 that Matt Gay will miss a field goal in the game, and if you really think his nerve could fail him, there’s also a line for Rams to miss an extra point kick at 7/1.
Evan McPherson is the Bengals kicker and has become a star during their playoff run. William Hill have a “what will be more” market where “Longest Field Made” and “Total Game Points” go head-to-head. The field goal option is 5/4 and McPherson has the leg and the nerve to make 50+ kicks given the chance.
Super Bowl Half-Time Show Songs
With the Super Bowl in LA, the NFL has decided to pay tribute to classic West Coast hip-hop by bringing in Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, along with Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar for the half-time show, so - naturally - you can bet on their set.
The market assumes that Snoop and/or Dre will open the show, with The Next Episode (11/10) favourite to kick-off proceedings, while Still D.R.E. is second in the betting at 3/1 with California Love looking a reasonable shot at the same price given the location.
Drop It Like It’s Hot at 12/1 jumps out as a decent long-shot, or if you think Eminem could start the show, Lose Yourself (10/1) has to be the most likely way for him to do it.
The Rams scored six first quarter TDs in the regular season and have ramped that up to two opening quarter TDs in three games in the playoffs, both on passing plays. Even in the NFC Championship game, they drove to the Niners three-yard line before an untimely interception on their first drive.
Orange and blue are usually among the most popular bets on this market, with the former paying out five times since 2010 and the latter three times in the same time frame.
Their QB Matt Stafford – who is the favourite in the MVP market - is 5/4 to throw a touchdown in the first quarter with Betfair. There’s also an “LA outcome of first drive” market with William Hill, where an offensive TD is 12/5 and a field goal attempt is 4/1.
By contrast, Cincy’s Joe Burrow has thrown for 12 fourth quarter scores in 2021. He hasn’t had one in the playoffs yet, but the Bengals are likely to need scores in the latter stages of this game and there is 6/4 out there on the best bookmakers on him getting one in the final 15 minutes of play.
You can also get 4/1 on a Bengals passing TD as the last scoring play of the game, if you want the cover of a rushing TD or defensive and special teams scores.
One of the traditional quirky markets, the colour of the drink poured over the winning coach at the end of the game will take plenty of bets on the best NFL betting sites this year.
This year both colours are even more popular as they correlate with a primary colour for each of the teams involved.
Despite LA being the favourites. Cincinnati orange is 15/8 frontrunner, while the Rams blue second favourite at 11/4.
Although, given the many variables involved in this market, it’s worth looking at the longer odds. 17/2 available on purple if you want to sit on the edge of your seat to the very end of the game – and slightly beyond.
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