The Super Bowl is the grandest time of the year. One final game of football with everything on the table. Legacies will be built, hearts will be crushed and props will be bet.
Oh yes. So many props. For those that don't know, a proposition bet is a novelty wager not involving the final score of a game. Heads or tails on the coin toss, the length of the national anthem, first player to score a touchdown, consecutive touchdowns scored, etc. (Quick odds note: +150 means if you bet $100 and you win, you get paid $150. It's reverse for -150. You have to bet $150 to win $100.)
As we creep closer to the Super Bowl we'll see a massive group of props drop, like what color Gatorade will get dumped on the winning head coach (blue or orange are good bets!) and how long the anthem will take. We'll update this page with all the juiciest props, so keep it bookmarked.
For now here are eight props to help you win money.
Coin toss: Heads or tails (both -115)
If you're betting on props, you need to be betting on the Super Bowl coin toss. Just go ahead and settle whether you're a heads or tails (hello, friend) person now, stick with it for life and let it set the tone for your prop-betting game.
Will either team score in the first 6½ minutes of the game? (Yes -105, No -115)
This line says Vegas believes neither team will score in the first 6½ minutes of the game, but that it's a very close pick between the two choices. Some research on this actually surprised me -- you have to expect Carolina is the team that will score quick, right? If that's the case, they've only scored in the first 6½ minutes of a game three times since Thanksgiving. Against the Cowboys, Kurt Coleman returned an interception; against the Falcons (the first time) the Panthers marched 80 yards in less than four minutes; against the Seahawks in the playoffs they found the end zone twice in the first five minutes. Against Arizona, Graham Gano kicked a field goal at exactly the 9:30 mark. I'm leaning No here and hoping the Broncos get the ball first, drive halfway down the field and punt/pin.
How many times will “John Fox” be said during the broadcast? (Over/Under 1)
Feels like a good bet on the over here because of Fox's connection with both teams -- he coached the Carolina Panthers to their only other Super Bowl appearance after the 2003 season and brought the Broncos to the Super Bowl two years ago against the Seahawks.
Super Bowl 50 MVP odds
Betting on who will win the MVP is always a fun, long-shot game. I covered the details on that particular topic in depth here (and was frankly stunned by Peyton Manning's odds being so low), but I'm starting to fall in love with the idea of taking a long shot on someone on the Panthers defense, namely Kurt Coleman or Thomas Davis. Both would be surprise stories with great value (if Davis plays -- he's not on the board yet) and are capable of doing enough damage to warrant a vote. Might also hedge with a Cam Newton bet since he's not too terribly expensive (-130 on Bovada, -160 on Sportsbook).
Broncos total points (under 20)
Full disclosure: I think the Panthers are going to win the Super Bowl and win it big. I don't think Ronnie Hillman/C.J. Anderson can get running and I think Peyton Manning is going to get pressured from Carolina's defensive tackles. They couldn't score more than 20 against the Patriots and Vegas is projecting 20 points against the Panthers? Totally possible they get there but it's going to require a defensive and special-teams touchdown or some late garbage points. Digging the under.
First touchdown scored
There's usually some tough odds on this one, but Cam Newton (+700 on Bovada, +900 on Sportsbook!) is probably creating some headaches here. Couple him with Jonathan Stewart (+800 on Bovada, +850 on Sportsbook), hope the Panthers get a methodical first drive and end up with red zone runs and suddenly you're in a really good situation. Newton's the cheapest option on the board and he has five rushing touchdowns in his past four games. Stewart has four himself. Love this combo.
Cam rushing TD + Panthers win (+190)
You can bet all kinds of specials on Sportsbook and one I dig is combining the Panthers money line with Cam finding the end zone with his legs. Again, he has scored five rushing touchdowns in the past four games. The Panthers are using him in the red zone and they won't shy away with the season on the line. The current money line for Carolina is -235 there so if you like Carolina and think Cam can score this is pretty strong value.
First scoring play: Broncos safety (+5,000)
No one has the huevos to throw down on a safety being the first scoring play ... again. Remember two years ago when Peyton had a bad snap and everyone who took the Broncos thought “OH NO.” It definitely won't happen again. Surely. Probably. Definitely. It would pay $500 if you bet $10 on it though.