The importance of every play is magnified in the Super Bowl, especially for bettors.
While many will placing wagers on the big game's outcome on Sunday, Feb. 2, a seemingly endless list of prop bets will allow bettors to dive deeper into Super Bowl XLVIII's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
Below, I'll predict how some of the top prop bets will play out on Super Sunday.
*All betting odds according to Bovada.lv.
Date: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Denver (-3), according to Bovada.lv.
Super Bowl XLVIII MVP
One of the most popular prop bets on Super Sunday is predicting which player will come away with MVP honors when it's all said and done.
Not surprisingly, Peyton Manning is the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Award, with 11-10 odds, per Bovada. However, after Manning, three Seattle Seahawks players are favored ahead of any other Broncos player.
You're better off choosing between the two quarterbacks, though, as 26 of the past 48 Super Bowl MVPs (Super Bowl XII featured co-MVPs) have been quarterbacks, including the previous four (Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees).
This is Peyton's third Super Bowl, and he's all about preparation. He's probably already talked to (brother) Eli (Manning) about MetLife Stadium, about the field, the wind. He'll look at common opponents the teams have played, the AFC South and the Giants. Because no one prepares like Peyton. He's amazing.
Given all that separates No. 18 from the rest, Manning appears to be the safest bet to take home MVP honors for the favored Broncos.
Prediction: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Marshawn Lynch's Longest Rush
If you love to watch Beast Mode run wild, then this prop bet is for you.
Bovada currently has the line for Lynch's longest run of Super Bowl XLVIII set at 19.5 yards. The odds are -115 for the over or the under, but the over seems the better bet.
While Denver's rush defense has been outright dominant this postseason (64.5 rushing yards allowed per game), Lynch has been every bit as impressive, and he showed against the San Francisco 49ers that he's capable of wearing down an elite front seven.
Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith is even in awe of Lynch's toughness, per NFL.com's Marc Sessler:
Number one, he's hard to bring down. He's very, very strong. He's a tough-nosed running back and he's going to take at least more than one man to tackle him. When I look at him running, his running style, I haven't seen anyone out there quite like him. I know Adrian Peterson is a little different, but Marshawn Lynch is a very, very tough running back.
Keep in mind that Lynch had a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the NFC Championship Game and a 31-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks' NFC divisional-round win over the New Orleans Saints.
Prediction: Over 19.5
Adding to the intrigue of Super Bowl XLVIII is the weather. 2014 marks the first time in a long time that the big game has been played outdoors in a cold-weather city.
Therefore, bettors have even more options this time around and can wager on whether it will snow as well as the temperature at kickoff.
According to Bovada, the odds are +200 for snow and -300 for no snow. Meanwhile, the over-under for temperature at kickoff has been set at 32 F.
Based on the current forecast for East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2, courtesy of Weather.com, you'd be wise to bet no snow. As of now, there's only a 20 percent chance of precipitation during the day with no storms on the radar.
However, predicting the temperature will be much trickier. Below-freezing temperatures are projected for most of the week but are expected to thaw out in time for the weekend. The high temperature for game day is 37 F, but the low is set at 24 F. The temperature is likely to be somewhere in the middle at kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET—probably right around freezing.
With sunset shortly after 5 p.m. ET, it's not unlikely the temperature will be in the low 30s or high 20s by kickoff. Consequently, bettors would be wise to take the under in this case.
Prediction: No Snow, Under 32 F
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