As many storylines as there are heading into the 2014 Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos set to take place on Sunday, there were guaranteed to be prop bets about nearly every one.
Bets can be placed on everything from the amount of times Peyton Manning will scream the word Omaha—the over/under is 27.5, according to Bovada—to whether or not the announcers will utter the word marijuana because both states have legalized the drug and there have been recent discussions about its use for concussions.
The amount of times Manning says Omaha is hard to predict, but it will definitely be mentioned during the Super Bowl on several occasions. Heck, it was even said more than a few times on Media Day, as Rich Cimini of ESPN New York makes note of on Twitter:
While some seem a bit ridiculous, like predicting the color of gloves for national anthem singer Renee Fleming will wear or whether a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be shirtless during their halftime performance, several are worthy of putting money on the line.
With the game mere days away and plenty of time to still place money on some of the ridiculous prop bets out there, here are a few to look at a little more seriously than others.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Broncos (-3)
Money Line: Seattle (+115), Denver (-135)
*Odds according to Bovada
Prop Bets Breakdown
How Many Field Goals Will Be Made in the Game?
Vegas odds: 4.5 (+250 over; -325 under); 2.5 (-220 over; +180 under); 1.5 (-150 over; +120 under)
Here are the facts on this one: Steven Hauschka and Matt Prater are currently two of the best field-goal kickers in the NFL. Hauschka made 33 field goals in the regular season, and Prater finished with five made out of six attempts in two playoff games.
While the wind will likely be a factor that will be undetermined until the day of the game, these two are both extremely accurate and will be depended upon if drives stall out.
As for the pressure of the situation, Prater doesn't seem fazed by the big stage of playing in the Super Bowl, according to Don Ruiz of The News Tribune:
I’m hoping we win by about 10 or something, where it doesn’t come down to a kick. But if it does come down to a kick, I’ll be ready for it. I don’t mind those kicks. I actually like doing those.
Taking the over doesn't seem like a ridiculous proposition, and the payout is definitely worth it. Either way bettors look to go on this one, they will be betting on two of the best boots in the game.
Vegas odds: 2 (+110 over; -150 under)
In case anyone isn't aware, Beast Mode is Marshawn Lynch. But don't ask him about that off the field, because he probably won't be talking too much.
But one thing the announcers will almost certainly be talking about throughout the Super Bowl is Lynch's alter ego of Beast Mode—which has already been mentioned three times during this article. Needless to say, Lynch loves his nickname and so do fans and broadcasters.
Ironically enough, Lynch's biggest opponent on the other side is a guy by the name of Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton, a defensive tackle who's been highlighted more than once during the weeks leading up to Sunday's matchup.
Taking the over on the amount of times Beast Mode will be mentioned on the broadcast appears to be a pretty safe bet as well, as absurd as it may seem.
Will Seattle Score a Defensive or Special Teams Touchdown?
Vegas odds: Yes: +225; No: -285
OK, let's go back to odds that are based off of statistics that are somewhat measurable.
On the Seattle defense, everyone knows about Sherman, who's been a lightning rod publicly leading up to the big game. One thing Sherman did during the regular season, though, was return an interception for a touchdown, something that both linebacker Malcolm Smith and Walter Thurmond also did in 2013.
Then there's the quarterback that they'll be facing. Manning is known for his success during the regular season and has one ring on his finger, but he's also known for a play that crippled his team in his last Super Bowl against one Tracy Porter and the New Orleans Saints.
As for the special teams aspect, Percy Harvin is once again on the field, and his explosiveness as a return man cannot be overlooked. Though he's only been on the field for two games this season, according to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com he believes he's "as explosive as I've ever been."
The wideout also spoke to Deion Sanders about whether or not he'll finish the game, adding:
I think I can. Those injuries, the concussion and the hip, those were definitely unfortunate situations I wish didn't happen. But I've played football a long time, so I'm not worried about that at all.
With Harvin alongside Golden Tate, who can also return kicks, as he did earlier in the season on a 71-yard punt return, the likelihood of either a defensive or special teams touchdown taking place seems pretty likely.
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