Super Bowl 2013 Odds: Bold Predictions for Prop Bets in Ravens vs. 49ers
In addition to the traditional point spread, Super Bowl XLVII will offer up tons of unique and entertaining prop bets for fans and bettors, making Sunday's matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers that much more intriguing.
Whether you think you know which player will take home MVP honors or which team will score last, the prop bets are seemingly endless, and there's no shortage of creativity when it comes to the halftime show bets.
Here we'll break down a trio of popular Super Bowl prop bets, presenting you with the odds and a few predictions.
*All betting information according to Sportsbook.com.
The Super Bowl pregame coin toss has come up heads four straight times and five times in the last six years. So, me being the numbers geek that I am, I like the toss to come up tails this time around. Sure, a number of factors come into play here.
How will the referee toss it?
How many times will it bounce off the turf?
Will it hit a player's cleat and change sides?
I could go on, but it would be pointless. There's a 50-50 shot I'm right, and I like those odds.
As far as which team wins the toss, I'm taking Baltimore. Prior to last year's toss (won by the New England Patriots), the NFC had won 14 straight coin tosses. Considering each team has a 50-50 shot, that's nearly impossible to comprehend.
Therefore I expect things to even out in 2013, as the AFC prepares to start its own coin-toss winning streak.
Coin Toss Winner
Player to Score First Touchdown
The oddsmakers give San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore the best odds to score the first touchdown of Super Bowl XLVII.
Although some will be wary of putting money on Gore in this case since he only scored nine regular-season touchdowns, those who have watched him during the postseason will be confident he's the guy best suited to find the end zone first.
If you ask me, though, Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the player most likely to score first. His team is favored, and he presents a dual threat as both a thrower and a runner.
Kaepernick has 17 total touchdowns (four rushing) since taking over for Alex Smith full time back in Week 11. Joe Flacco and Ray Rice aren't bad plays here, but Kaepernick's versatility makes him my pick.
Frank Gore (+800)
Ray Rice (+900)
Michael Crabtree (+1000)
Colin Kaepernick (+1000)
Anquan Boldin (+1000)
Torrey Smith (+1200)
Vernon Davis (+1200)
Dennis Pitta (+1500)
Randy Moss (+1800)
LaMichael James (+2000)
Bernard Pierce (+2800)
Jacoby Jones (+2800)
Delanie Walker (+3000)
Joe Flacco (+3500)
Vonta Leach (+3500)
Ed Dickson (+3500)
Anthony Dixon (+4000)
Ted Ginn Jr. (+4000)
Longest Touchdown of the Game
Betting on the game's longest touchdown is much safer than waging money on which player will score the first touchdown. In this case, you have a 50-50 shot at being right.
I'm going with the under in this case, though, as both teams boast solid defenses. And although both defensive units play superbly in the red zone, I can't imagine either one giving up a touchdown of more than 45 yards in a game with so much on the line.
Crazier things have happened, yes, but there hasn't been a touchdown longer than 45 yards in the Super Bowl since Tracy Porter's 74-yard interception-return TD in the final minutes of Super Bowl XLIV three years ago.
If I had to bet on who would score the game's longest touchdown, I would go with Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco. He's tossed some bombs already this postseason and can push the ball down the field in a hurry.
Over 45.5 yards (-115)
Under 45.5 yards (-115)
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