The Super Bowl is going to be exciting on its own, especially with the top seed in each conference battling each other between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. However, prop bets tend to make things a little more exciting.
There are obscure bets to be made on everything from the coin toss to the Gatorade shower, as well as wagers on musical performances, broadcast discussions and, in rare cases, the game itself.
Some can be won using research and logic such as how many passes Tom Brady attempts in the game, while others are little more than blind luck, like how long the national anthem will last (average time in last 12 years is one minute and 59 seconds).
While fans should avoid going overboard on any bets, there is enough to keep fans entertained throughout Sunday’s action.
Note: All betting info courtesy of OddsShark.com.
Spread: Patriots -4.5
Moneyline: Patriots (-175, bet $175 to win $100), Eagles (+155, bet $100 to win $155)
The odds have been shifting toward the Eagles since the lines were first created.
Not only did the spread drop from its opening mark of -6, the moneyline has shifted quite a bit over the past week, per OddsShark.
One factor is the health of some of the Patriots. Tom Brady is dealing with a hand injury, and Rob Gronkowski is trying to overcome a concussion. However, Brady had his stitches removed Monday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, and Gronk has been practicing in full, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
On the other hand, the last time we saw the Eagles, they looked pretty impressive.
Philadelphia dominated the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, earning a 38-7 victory over a team that went 13-3 during the season. Nick Foles entered the game as the biggest question mark but threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns against the No. 1 defense in the NFL.
Also considering how close the Patriots’ past Super Bowl games have been, the spread could be big enough for the Eagles to at least cover.
Top Game Props
Odds to win MVP (Tom Brady -125; Nick Foles +325; Rob Gronkowski +850; Dion Lewis +1800; Danny Amendola +1800; Jay Ajayi +1800; Zach Ertz +1800)
If you think the Patriots are going to win, Tom Brady to win MVP might be a safe bet. The future Hall of Famer has been named the Most Valuable Player in four of his five titles, the only exception coming when more than half of his passing yards went to eventual MVP Deion Branch in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Danny Amendola has been red-hot as of late, but there are too many weapons for Brady to spread the ball around to rack up his own stats. And it’s unlikely the Patriots win without him having a big game.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of options for Philadelphia even if Nick Foles doesn’t play at his best. Jay Ajayi or LeGarrette Blount can score a few touchdowns, or a defensive player can make a big play.
Someone like Malcolm Jenkins at 200-1 could be worth a low bet based on his upside.
Tom Brady total passing yards: Over/Under 285.5 (Over -125; Under -105)
Brady averaged 286.1 passing yards this season, and he is taking on a team that is much easier to beat through the air. The Eagles had the No. 1 run defense in the NFL this season but ranked just 17th against the pass.
The Patriots coaching staff will likely try to take advantage, potentially abandoning the run game early in favor of letting Brady do what he does best.
The quarterback had 466 passing yards last year against the Atlanta Falcons and could have a similar showing against Philadelphia.
Zach Ertz total receiving yards: Over/Under 57.5 (Over -125; Under -105)
After totaling just 32 yards against the Falcons in the divisional round, Zach Ertz exploded with eight catches for 93 yards against the Vikings in the NFC title game.
It seems he is finally on the same page as Foles.
Ertz is the biggest mismatch in the Eagles offense, especially against a Patriots defense that lacks athleticism at linebacker. If Foles comes under pressure, the tight end could also be a safety net throughout the day, giving up plenty of opportunities to rack up yards.
What color will Pink’s hair be when she sings the national anthem? (Pink/Red +150; White/Blond +175; Brown/Black +400; Blue/Purple +500; Green +500)
Pink had blond hair at the Grammy awards this past Sunday, but the Super Bowl will be an even bigger stage. She might try to match her name with her hair to remind everyone who she is.
Of course, the Philadelphia native might just go green to support her Eagles.
Will any members of *NSYNC perform with Justin Timberlake? (Yes +200; No -300)
Destiny’s Child reunited on the Super Bowl stage when Beyonce took the lead, so *NSYNC might do the same for former member Justin Timberlake.
Joey Fatone told TMZ Sports there wouldn’t be a reunion last week, noting he wasn’t present for any rehearsals.
If you don’t care much about the game, you might be excited to see the answer to this question at halftime.
How many times will Carson Wentz be shown during the broadcast? Over/Under 3.5 (Over -150; Under +110)
Carson Wentz was on track to potentially be the NFL MVP before tearing his ACL in early December. Foles has taken over and done enough to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl.
Even if you didn’t know this, the broadcast crew will remind you many times throughout the night.
Any good play by Foles and any bad play by Foles will be followed by discussion about what the team would have looked like with Wentz. Take the over.
Will Tom Brady’s jersey be stolen again? (Yes +150; No -200)
Brady has had two game-worn jerseys stolen from Super Bowls XLIX and LI, which were recovered last March in the possession of a Mexican newspaper director, Martin Mauricio Ortega.
Ortega won’t be there this year, which means it will take a copycat criminal against heightened security to pull off the heist this time around. This doesn’t seem likely.
More Notable Props
How long will it take Pink to sing the national anthem? Over/Under 2:00 (Over -140; Under Even)
Will Justin Timberlake be wearing a hat when he begins his halftime show? (Yes -140; No Even)
Will anyone besides Tom Brady and Nick Foles take a snap in the game? (Yes +120; No -160)
Will there be a flea flicker attempted in the game? (Yes +400; No -700)
How many times will the Rocky statue in Philadelphia be shown during the broadcast? Over/Under 1 (Over -150; Under +110)
Total Donald Trump tweets? Over/Under 5 (Over -140; Under Even)
What color Gatorade will be poured on the winning coach? (Green/Yellow +225; Orange +250; Red +275; Clear/Water +375)