Super Bowl Odds 2014: Prop Bets Worth Taking a Risk On

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2014

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will meet in the 2014 Super Bowl, but there are so many other factors that go into the big game than what's taking place on the field.

Prop bets have become just as big of a part of the event as the Super Bowl itself.

Last year, fans were able to place bets on everything as ridiculous as which brother of the two coaches, John Harbaugh or Jim Harbaugh, would be shown first to whether or not Alicia Keys would add a word to the national anthem.

With a multitude of prop bets once again being released this year, there are some pretty absurd odds for ridiculous bets. So prior to the opening kickoff for the Super Bowl, here are a few that might actually be worth the risk.


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

When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Watch: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Spread: Denver (-3) according to Bovada


What Will the First Score of the Game Be?

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Odds: Touchdown (-145); Field Goal or Safety (+115)

Taking the field goal or safety in this one makes sense not because a safety will absolutely occur, but a field goal by either team seems likely.

When considering the fact that both teams have not allowed more than 17 points in either of their playoff games thus far, it appears this might be a safe bet. Seattle features a great all-around defense which shines in the red zone and could limit Peyton Manning when he gets to that point.

Then there's the fact that both kickers have been outstanding all season. Both Matt Prater and Steven Hauschka have great boots and, ironically enough, are already friends off the field, according to Prater via Greg Logan of Newsday:

He's awesome. When I was on IR and they brought him in, we got along great. He's a funny guy. So, we stayed in touch. Hopefully, we'll be able to go out and go to dinner or do something together before the game. It'll be good seeing him in pregame. It should be a fun game for us.

With two of the best defenses in the playoffs facing off against their equals on the offensive side, it's sure to be a struggle throughout the game. And shaking out the jitters likely going on for both teams at the start, a field goal might just be the first scoring chance for either team.


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

Odds: Yes (-150); No (+110)

Look, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are a band that loves to take chances, but they aren't idiots. They are also a little more mature than a few years back.

Judging by this photo that Chad Smith, the Chili Peppers' drummer, took with Joe Montana, the band members are well past their younger days of being wild and crazy:

Though Flea is probably the wild card in this equation, the weather could be nearly freezing when the band takes the stage, according to The Weather Channel's forecast. With the cold temperatures and more mature attitude for the band, taking the no might put the odds in the bettors' favor.


Will Richard Sherman Be Interviewed on Field After the Game by Erin Andrews?

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19:  Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field for the 2014 NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Get
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Odds: Yes (+250); No (-400)

This is one of those bets where one team might need to win in order for the bettor to come out on top. If the Seahawks win, Erin Andrews will likely be looking for another astounding rant from Richard Sherman.

The Seahawks lose? Peyton Manning will probably be the first person Andrews is searching for on the field.

Though it will have been two weeks since Sherman's infamous interview following the NFC Championship, he hasn't exactly been quiet during the days leading up to the big game. Sherman even wrote yet another story on Tuesday about what he's learned:

While Sherman has been somewhat tame and apologized for his postgame rant since the NFC Championship, the entire nation will be watching after the game to see how Sherman reacts—and Andrews knows that. Needless to say, yes seems favorable if you believe the Seahawks will win.


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