Super Bowl 2014: Prop Bets to Avoid at All Costs for Seahawks vs. Broncos

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2014

One World Trade Center, top right, gives a backdrop to roman numerals for NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game standing at Pier A Park in Hoboken, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Prop bets for the Super Bowl can be a minefield, and those who venture in with inadequate knowledge often end up making regrettable choices. 

You can bet on the coin flip, whether a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will go shirtless in the freezing temperatures of MetLife Stadium and whether the Fox broadcast will say the word "marijuana."

While every wager carries a certain amount of risk, some are more dubious than others. With that in mind, continue reading to find out which prop bets you absolutely must avoid wagering on at all costs. But first, here's a look at when and where you can watch the big game. 


When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV: Fox

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Updated Betting Info (via Bovada)

Spread: Broncos (-3)

Moneyline: Seattle (6-5), Denver (5-7)

Over/Under: 47


Prop Bets You Must Avoid

What Will Happen with the Dow Jones the Day After the Super Bowl? 

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Seriously, don't bet on how a game is going to affect a bunch of rich guys who are going to bet on a bunch of stuff the next day. 

The Super Bowl has absolutely nothing to do with what's going to happen with the Dow Jones industrial average. If you really need to bet on the stock market, you might as well just do that instead of betting on whether the Super Bowl will move the dial one way or another.

Making matters worse, it's not exactly profitable to bet on either the up (-140) or the down (even money). The only good reason for making this bet is if you already know what's going to happen on Wall Street on Monday, Feb. 3—in which case, have at it. 


Total Receiving Yards for Marshawn Lynch

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 15: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball in the third quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 15, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New Yo
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The magic number for this bet is set at 15.5 yards, and this is what Vegas is offering on the over or under:

  • Over (-105)
  • Under (-125)

As you can see, there isn't much money to be made regardless of which way you choose. As a best-case scenario, you'd need to wager 105 dollars to earn 100. 

But the real issue here is that it's impossible to predict how many receiving yards Lynch will total in the game. During the team's first two playoff games, Seattle's passing attack was muted—at best—and Lynch did most of his work on the ground, catching just one pass for three yards.

However, there have been a few games in which Lynch has been heavily involved in the passing game, including six in which he went over the 15.5-yard mark set by oddsmakers. 

Because it's impossible to know what he'll do and because there isn't a decent line on either the over or the under, this is a worthless prop bet you should avoid. 


Will Any Member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Go Shirtless?

March 23, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   Recording artists Flea and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers watch the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center. Lakers won 103-96. Mandatory Credit: Jayne K
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Both the no and the yes are set at -120 for this bet, meaning you need to really put some conviction behind your wager to come away with a big haul. 

There's no way anyone can say yes or no with absolute conviction on this bet. 

It's going to likely be in the 20s when the halftime show begins, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are old these days.

Then again, this is the Chili Peppers we're talking about. This is the same bunch of guys who've been known to hit the stage wearing nothing but a sock, so it's not crazy to think at least one of them will go sans shirt regardless of the freezing temperatures.

But are you really willing to put your hard-earned cash on the line for this?

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I think not. 


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