The Seattle Seahawks will meet the Denver Broncos in the 2014 Super Bowl. While there will be a great game taking place on the field, bettors can lay down money on things on and off the field.
What would the Super Bowl be without a few ridiculous prop bets?
With everything from choosing whether it will snow during the game to how many times Eli and Archie Manning will be shown during the broadcast, fans should choose wisely when putting money up for proposition bets.
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 that bettors might want to actually think about.
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
How many times will "Beast Mode" be said during the game?
Over/Under: 2 (Over: +110; Under: -150)
Just so we're all aware, Marshawn Lynch's alter ego is known as Beast Mode. Anyone who has watched football over the last few seasons knows he refers to himself as Beast Mode, and broadcasters will want to look cool by making reference to Lynch as such.
Though this looks like a ridiculous prop bet, it's actually one that makes sense with the amount of times that Lynch alone refers to himself as Beast Mode, when he's actually talking to the media.
Taking the over on the amount of times Beast Mode will be mentioned on the broadcast appears to be a pretty safe bet, as absurd as it may seem.
Will There Be a Scoreless Quarter?
Odds: Yes: +225; No: -285
As it's been mentioned throughout the last two weeks, the Seahawks have the No. 1 defense in the NFL and were also the No. 1 scoring defense. What most people forget about is how well the Broncos have performed thus far in the playoffs.
Through two games in the postseason, neither team has allowed more than 17 points and have held both opponents scoreless in a quarter. The Seahawks have held teams scoreless in four out of eight quarters thus far, while the Broncos have held opponents to no points in five out of eight quarters.
John Fox spoke about his defense stepping up in the playoffs so far, according to the Broncos' official website:
I think any time you get to the playoff season, the second season, you want to be playing your best football. It was something that we stressed, I think something that we learned the hard way. It’s been a focus really since last January. I think you want to be playing your best football and I think over the last couple of weeks, we have.
Then there's the weather aspect. With cold weather—below freezing or not—and winds possible, defenses benefit from less than desirable conditions. Needless to say, this looks like a pretty solid bet that in one quarter both teams will be held scoreless.
Russell Wilson Winning MVP
From the outset, this might look like throwing money away for fans who believe the Broncos will win. But for fans of the Seahawks who will be placing a bet for them to win the Lombardi Trophy, placing a bet on Russell Wilson winning the MVP trophy might allow them to double up.
First of all, Wilson has been a good quarterback throughout the entire season. While he hasn't put up great numbers throughout the playoffs, he's made several great plays that have led the team to this point.
To further prove that Wilson is a clutch quarterback, there's another stat that ESPN Stats and Info tweeted that shows how he performs under pressure:
Most Game-Winning Drives, Last 2 Seasons- Andrew Luck 11, Russell Wilson 10, Tony Romo 9— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 28, 2014
Along with Wilson's passing abilities, he's also a running threat that can be dynamic at any time throughout the game. He hasn't been called upon as much to run this season, but he's still a much better rusher than his opposing quarterback.
For those who have the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, take this into account: Quarterbacks have taken the MVP award in four straight seasons and six out of the last seven. If Seattle does pull off the upset, Wilson is likely in line for an MVP award in just his second season in the NFL.
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