As is the case with the big game every year, Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2 between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos provides a wealth of intriguing prop bets.
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest betting events of the year, as ESPN's R.J. Bell points out:
Over 90% of money bet on the Super Bowl will come from recreational (non-professional) bettors - via bookmaker Johnny Avello— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) January 21, 2014
So it should come as no surprise that the oddsmakers have completely outdone themselves once more in the wacky prop bets department. Bettors can throw down cash on any wild number of things such as what Bruno Mars will wear during his halftime performance or how many times the announcers utter the word "marijuana."
Michael Gaughan, owner of South Point Casino, put it best, via Matt Hayes of Sporting News: "Sometimes they overdo it a bit with the prop stuff. But people love it.”
Absolutely. But several prop bets, wacky or not, stick out as obvious easy money for bettors. The best can sift through the junk to find easy ways to generate revenue.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Betting Lines (via Bovada)
- Over/Under: 48
- Spread: Denver (-3)
Note: A full list of prop bets can be found at Bovada.
How many times will Peyton Manning say "Omaha" during the game?
Odds: Over/under 27.5
Talk about easy cash.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is now famous for his "Omaha" call, which he uses in an attempt to pull the defense offside. The strategy works—Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman already sounds confused, as the Seahawks' Twitter account captures:
Sherman (laughing): "I don't think we can break the 'Omaha' code." #SB48— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 22, 2014
In all seriousness, this number is a bit large considering it is about half the snaps of an average NFL game.
But this is Manning, the same quarterback who bellowed the call 31 times in the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots. The tally, in turn, raised $24,800 for his charity, per ESPN's Darren Rovell.
Per Rovell, the city of Omaha has pledged $1,500 every time Manning says the word in the Super Bowl (it was $800 per call in the AFC title game), and while Manning will in no way take this into account or keep track (right?), this seems like easy cash for bettors.
Will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman in a tweet during the Super Bowl from kickoff until final whistle?
Odds: Yes (3-2), No (1-2)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree may have the most popular Twitter account of all during the Super Bowl, despite his team being eliminated in the NFC title game by Seattle.
As fans surely remember, Sherman went off on a postgame rant about the "mediocre" Crabtree after the two had an altercation on the field near the end of the contest.
Crabtree then took to Twitter to air out the situation:
Look, as sexy as this bet is at first glance, bank on Crabtree not saying a peep. The feud is over for now, and Crabtree understands the negative publicity that comes with another comment so far removed from the last incident.
Heck, his coaches have likely been in his ear about staying quiet, too.
Will Knowshon Moreno cry during the singing of the national anthem?
Odds: Yes (4-1), No (1-7)
Who can forget this escapade from the regular season? Denver running back Knowshon Moreno does not cry—he pours:
Moreno explained the downpour, via Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated:
It's always been that way for me, all the way back to high school and college. During the anthem it's always quiet and still, so I take in the moment and say a little prayer. Usually there's no camera on me. I thank the Lord for letting me play the game. I thank Him for everything. I run through my whole life right there at that moment. Even the bad stuff.
If a regular-season game got Moreno that emotional, just wait and see what a Super Bowl does to his tear ducts. MetLife Stadium may have a river by the time the game is over.
What will the TV Rating be for the Super Bowl?
Odds: Over/under 47.5 Nielsen Rating
Never, ever bet against Super Bowl ratings.
According to Nielsen, the average rating for last year's contest between the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens was 46.4—with a ludicrous blackout mixed in for good measure.
This year, one has the loudmouthed Sherman to attract viewers. Oh, and there is a universally beloved (especially in Omaha) guy by the name of Peyton, who may very well be playing in his last NFL game.
One can make the argument some years that a bet on ratings is a risky endeavor, but this matchup is certainly not the case.