Well degenerates it is that time of the year again. Thats right the Super Bowl is here and that means that we can delve into the prop bets that always come along with the biggest game in professional football. This year there are seemingly more prop bets than ever and in the following space I will show you some of my favorite in hopes to make you a few dollars.
All lines are courtesy of Sportsbook.com.
I am going to start with my favorite bets dealing with the Super Bowl and those are cross-sport bets. This is one of the great days in sports gambling where you can bet against a basketball team or hockey team being more successful than a team playing in the big game.
Celtics-Magic Points Scored vs. Russell Wilson Passing Yards
Celtics-Magic total points scored +16.5 (-115)
Russell Wilson passing yards -16.5 (-115)
Both the Celtics and Magic have struggled this season and the Celtics are a bit banged up heading into this game, even if this game was high scoring I cannot possibly see the final score being higher than 210 total points. That would mean that Russell Wilson would only have to throw for 217 yards in the game. Given the way that the Broncos have been able to shut down running backs in the last two playoff games I would be inclined to think that the Seahawks come out throwing or at worse are forced to resort to throwing the ball later in the game. I think Mr. Wilson comes close to the 300 yard mark in this game. I’m taking Russell Wilson -16.5.
Washington Capitals-Detroit Red Wings Total Goals Scored vs. Demaryius Thomas Receptions
Capitals-Red Wings goals scored -0.5 (-105)
Demaryius Thomas receptions +0.5 (-125)
Alex Ovechkin has been on a tear recently (his recent game against the Sabres is proof of that, but hey it’s the Sabres) and this game should be a high scoring affair. On the other hand one woudl imagine that Richard Sherman will be blanketed all over Thomas for much of the game if not the whole thing. However, I think that Peyton Manning will find a way to get his best reciever into the game early and Thomas will end up with somewhere around 7 catches. That would mean the hockey game would have to be an abnormally high scoring game. I’m going to lay the odds on this one and take Demaryius Thomas receptions.
Tiger Woods 4th Round Score vs. Eric Decker Receiving Yards
Tiger Woods 4th round score -5.5 (-115)
Eric Decker receiving yards +5.5 (-115)
This is a tough one for me because I am such a huge Tiger Woods homer, but given his recent poor play I really like his odds here. If he is able to put up a nice smooth 75 here Eric Decker will be hard pressed to get to 70 yards with that punishing Seattle defense all over him. I’m taking Tiger Woods.
Now let us move on to the props that involve just the game itself. Some of these are outrageous and others are pretty standard, but they are all fun ways to keep yourself interested in the game.
C’mon guys, tails never fails.
First Score of the Game
Any other score (+120)
Both of these teams have phenomenal field goal kickers and I think that will play a factor in this prop. The first score of this game will be a field goal. I’m taking any other score.
Will Both Teams Make a Field Goal 33 Yards or Longer?
As I said in the previous bet both of these teams feature great place kickers and are not afraid to use them. The odds are too good to pass up on this one, I’m going with Yes they will.
Over/Under Jersey Number of the Player to Score the First TD
Over 79.5 (-125)
Under 79.5 (-105)
This bet boils down to whether or not you thnk that the first TD will scored by a wide receiver or a tight end. The oddsmakers seem to think that a wideout will be the first to score, but I think it all depends on what team scores. If Seatlle punches it in first I think it will either be Lynch or Wilson with the score, but if it is Denver I think that Peyton Manning will pull the old Bud Kilmer and use Knowshon Moreno to move the ball down the field and then throw it to one of his talented wide outs. Since I like Seattle to win I’m taking the Under.
Peyton Manning (+120)
Russell Wilson (+400)
Marshawn Lynch (+500)
Knowshon Moreno (+1500)
Football usually boils down to which QB plays better, so using that theory the two favorites are the QB’s. However, I think that Marshawn Lynch at 5-1 is an interesting play here. If Lynch can rush for over 100 yards and add a TD or two he should have enough to win the MVP. The only real choice from the Broncos is Manning, so if you think they will win you should bet him at +120 instead of betting the Broncos as a team. Since I think that Seattle wins the game I am going to take Russell Wilson at 4-1 to win the MVP because I think the Seahawks throw it more than they have shown in the last few games.