The Super Bowl is know for producing mass quantities of prop bets, but sometimes the barrage of choices can be overwhelming.
Which team will score first?
Which team will win the coin toss?
Will the team that wins the coin toss win the game?
These are just a few of the myriad of choices you can wager your hard-earned money on.
As a way to help you sort through the multitude of prop bets, or just as a way to help you get started, here's a look at a few intriguing options—two of which will prove lucrative if they pay out.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Denver (-3) via Bovada
Note: For a full list of prop bets, please visit Bovada.com.
How Many Times Will Peyton Manning Say "Omaha?"
Peyton Manning has been saying "Omaha" for years while calling out audibles or pretending to call out audibles before the snap. For whatever reason, this is the year it's a big deal, as the media has latched onto the phrase with ferocity.
At least it led to something positive off the field. After Manning called out "Omaha" 31 times against New England in the AFC Championship Game, Peyton Manning's charity received $24,800 from Mutual of Omaha:
The word means everything, and it means nothing, which is just what you'd expect from Manning.
“I’ve had a lot people ask what ‘Omaha’ means,” Manning told reporters, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. “‘Omaha’ is a run play, but it could be a pass play or a play-action pass depending on a couple things – the wind, which way we’re going, the quarter and the jerseys that we’re wearing. It varies really play to play. There’s your answer to that one.”
Not surprisingly, given the big stir, you can bet on how many times he'll say the key word at this year's Super Bowl. The magic number is set at 27.5 times, with the money line at -120 for both the over and the under.
Go with the over on this one. Manning will easily surpass 28 "Omahas" in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle's defense is going to have its hands full trying to keep up with all the misdirection Manning plans on throwing its way with his pre-snap shtick.
Will There Be a Scoreless Quarter?
Here's how bookmakers view the question, per Bovada:
- Yes: +225
- No: -285
Given the explosive nature of Denver's offense, many fans would likely be shocked if there's a scoreless quarter in the Super Bowl. The Broncos have scored in every quarter thus far in the playoffs, and Denver averaged 37.9 points per game throughout the regular season.
But Seattle's defense comes into the game as the league's best, and it held New Orleans and San Francisco to four scoreless quarters already this postseason.
On the other side, the Seahawks went scoreless in two quarters against the Saints and 49ers.
Denver's defense has been playing great, allowing just 33 points in the two playoff games, and nobody should be surprised if Russell Wilson and the Seahawks run stagnant for periods of time throughout the upcoming game.
Given the payout if you win the bet, and given the way both defenses are playing right now, betting the "yes" is worth the risk.
Will There Be a Score in the First 2:30 of the Game?
- Yes: +500
- No: -800
It seems crazy to think there will be a score within the first two-and-a-half minutes, but stranger things have happened. Remember, the first time Manning went to the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, Devin Hester took the opening kickoff to pay dirt for the Chicago Bears.
Nerves are going to run wild to start the game for players on both sides.
Seattle's roster is devoid of a single player who has been to the Super Bowl in the past, which makes the big stage even bigger for the Seahawks. B/R's Mike Freeman wonders if this will give Denver an advantage in the game:
I don't know if this will make a difference, but I do think it matters that the Broncos have a coach who has coached in the Super Bowl (John Fox, with Carolina in 2003) and a QB who has participated in two of them.
As good as Seattle's defense has been all year long, it wouldn't be surprising to see Manning and the Broncos score an early touchdown as the young Seahawks team attempts to handle the pressure.
At five times the return for your investment, it's certainly a bet to consider.
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