The final countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII next Sunday night at MetLife Stadium has officially begun. Along with all the traditional betting lines that a sportsbook normally offers for an NFL game, many have expanded their offerings to include a number of prop bets surrounding just about every imaginable outcome for this event, either on the field or off it.
Everyone knows that you can bet on the length of the “National Anthem” or what color Gatorade will get poured on the winning coach, but we decided to scour some of the biggest sportsbooks in the industry in search of the top five strangest prop bets for Sunday’s big game.
No. 5: Cross-Sports Matchups
Bovada gets us started with a number of cross-sports matchups that place moneyline odds on something happening in one sport verses a particular player’s performance in the Super Bowl. While this entire category of props is pretty much “out there,” the strangest of the bunch in our opinion was the total number of goals to be scored in the West Brom vs. Liverpool soccer game pitted against how may touchdown passes Russell Wilson throws. The moneyline on the soccer game scoring more goals is -150, and the line on Wilson throwing for more touchdowns is +120.
No. 4: Manning vs. Elway
Staying with Bovada, they came up with a prop that places odds on Peyton Manning’s passing attempts this Sunday against John Elway’s completions and attempts in Super Bowl XXXII, which just so happens to be 34. The moneyline for Manning beating that number on attempts alone is -250. If you want to bet the other way, that he will put the ball up fewer than 34 times, the moneyline is +195.
No. 3: Unsportsmanlike or Taunting Penalty
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman created quite a stir in the closing moments of the NFC Championship game with his taunting penalty after breaking up a pass in the end zone that was intended for Michael Crabtree. BetOnline thinks he might be up to his old tricks in the Super Bowl by listing him at +900 to be the first player to get another one this Sunday. Three other players have odds as well; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (+1400), Golden Tate (+1600) and Demaryius Thomas (+2000). The odds that none of these four players draw an unsportsmanlike or taunting penalty are -700.
No. 2: Combined Field Goal Yardage
Scoring could be at a premium in this game if Seattle’s defense plays true to form and Denver’s defense shuts down Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks’ running game. If that is the case, the focus could shift to field goals as a key deciding factor in the eventual outcome of this game. One of the strangest props we found in this category was 5Dimes putting odds on an “over/under” of 110.5 yards of combined field goals for both teams. The moneyline for both the over and the under of 110.5 yards is set at -115.
No. 1: Weather Props at MetLife Stadium
Ever since the NFL announced that Super Bowl XLVIII would be played outdoors in East Rutherford, New Jersey, much of the focus for the game has centered on the weather. Now that we are less than a week out from the game itself, the forecast is calling for mostly cloudy conditions with highs in the mid-30s and lows in the mid-20s. Going back to Bovada, it has you covered with three separate props concerning the weather for this game. First, you can bet on the temperature at kickoff with a moneyline of -140 for over 32 degrees and an even +100 for under the freezing mark.
The second prop has a moneyline for the coldest temperature during the game itself. That number has been set at 28 degrees, with the over listed at -130 and the under listed at -110. The final prop is whether or not it will snow during the game (it must be clearly visible on TV). The moneyline for “yes” is an even +100, while the line for “no” is -140.