The Super Bowl is not only the biggest sports day of the year. It is an unofficial American Holiday, a gathering of friends and family and also for all things considered, the end of “betting season” for many. Whether it’s a blessing or not is the gambler’s issue – but the Super Bowl is the last time for many to cash in, feel the rush or hand their money over to their bookee one last time. Vegas is aware of this and that is why “prop bets” were created.
All of the coin toss props are 50/50 and it’s a quick way to lose or make your money right at the start of the Super Bowl. Heads or tails, which team will call heads or tails, will the team who wins the coin toss win the game, etc, etc. If you have to get your early fix and bet on the coin toss, ride with history. In the Super Bowl, Seattle is 2-0 in winning the coin toss while New England has only won the coin toss twice in seven trips to the big game.
Will There Be Three Unanswered Scores by Any Team:
This one is interesting because the line on YES is -200 and NO is +160. Without giving away a Super Bowl prediction just yet, this game will be close. The -1 line on the game itself (favoring Seattle) is proof enough that Vegas does not see any one of these teams running away with the game. “NO” is the bet on this one. Easily.
Will Richard Sherman Record A Interception:
This prop bet is tailor made for those who know the name of Richard Sherman but do not know the game of football. In 16 regular season games Sherman had 4 interceptions but in the playoffs he has 2 interceptions in two games. Both of those picks weren’t necessarily great plays by Sherman, but really a bad throw by Cam Newton and an uncharacteristically bad throw/read by Aaron Rodgers. Sherman will be dealing with a Patriots offense that has had two weeks to prepare and game plan for him – oh, and Tom Brady is one of the leagues most annoyingly accurate perfectionist when it comes to in game execution. The YES on this bet is at +195 while the NO is at -250. The easy money is on the bigger bet, risk 250 for every hundred and laugh at the losers who will bet on Sherman because of his soup and headphone commercials.
Total Tackles + Assists by Kam Chancellor:
The over/under for this prop is set at 6.5 (over -155/under +105). Kam Chancellor is an absolute animal. The Patriots are no doubt going to try to soften up and find a crease within the tough D Line of the Seahawks and there is no doubt that Kam Chancellor will be called upon to navigate that line of scrimmage more than a few times. Aside from the running game, expect Kam to be dealing with Rob Gronkowski in the middle of the field. Gronk is Brady’s favorite target and Chancellor is the kind of monster, competitively that wants to be the one to lay him out one on one. The Pats use the middle of the field with their tight ends and (a-hem) eligible lineman so Kam will get many opportunities to get that tackle number way above 6. Take the gamble and risk 155 units to win your easy 100.
Which Song Will Katy Perry Begin The Halftime Show With:
Of course we have to talk some Katy Perry. The odds for this one go like this: Firework 3/2; Roar 3/2; This is How We Do 5/1; Dark Horse 12/1; E.T. 12/1; Wide Awake 12/1; and Waking Up In Vegas 20/1. Automatically eliminate Waking Up In Vegas because most people have forgotten about that song. ET was a hit but even then we’re talking some years back – The Songstress Perry is all about keeping things fresher. Firework will no doubt be performed but that seems more like a closing song – TV-wise – this song was the highlight of her 2010 performance for Victoria Secrets. Dark Horse may be too slow to kick off something as exciting as a halftime show should be which leaves three more: Wide Awake, This Is How We Do and Roar. Wide Awake might be a song that would be on the edge of not even being heard, so that leaves Roar and This is How We Do. Most would put money down on both but go for the longer shot and the safer start up song in “This Is How We Do.” It still has some relevancy so it’s a safe bet.
The Game Itself
No, this isn’t a “prop” bet but it’s the most important bet of the day. As of now, Vegas has the Seattle Seahawks as a one point favorite over the New England Patriots. The talk has been the Seahawks defense versus the Patriots offense – but folks should flip that around. For all the fan fare that Russell Wilson gets, this Seahawks offense is a run first and run dominant offense, they are far from a juggernaut (although Marshawn Lynch represents the Marvel Comic villain of the same name at times). Bill Belichik is one of the greatest coaches of all time and his integrity has been called into question because of “Deflate Gate.” The Hood has had two weeks to get that defensive mind of his wrapped around this run heavy offense. This WILL-NOT be a repeat of last year and the Seahawks are not set to repeat either. Take the Patriots here at +1 and enjoy your Super Bowl viewing party.