Super Bowl prop betting will never surpass wagering on the game itself, but some sportsbooks are making sure there are plenty of options for fans looking for a little extra action on the big game.
Novelty props like the Super Bowl coin toss, over-under on the national anthem and how many times Peyton Manning will bark ‘Omaha’ at the line of scrimmage get a lot of the ink.
But stat-based props, similar to fantasy-football-style wagering, is where real fans and real handicappers can turn whimsical lines into real cash. According to Odds Shark, the full list of Super Bowl props at one shop is expected to exceed 500 by kickoff.
For example, Manning will go off as the Super Bowl MVP favorite and for good reason. And when you look at the history of the award, betting on quarterbacks is the safest money you can lay (the past four winners and six of seven have been QBs, with the name Manning on the trophy three times).
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson's total touchdown passes is listed at 1.5 with the under installed as the favorite at -135 and the over coming in at +105. Wilson's total completions for the game is 16.5, with the over listed at -130 and the under even money.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has the garden variety running back props, but the intriguing one for him is 15.5 receiving yards, with the under installed as the favorite at -125.
Given the pass rush the Broncos like to bring, a quick screen pass for Lynch and his breakaway speed could easily eclipse the over, which is -105.
For the Seahawks on defense, Richard Sherman's total tackles and assists combined are 3.5, with both the over and under installed at -115.
Some of the more interesting Denver props include quarterback Peyton Manning's total passing touchdowns, which is listed at 3. The under is favored at -215, while the over is the underdog position +175.
This is a tricky number, as it seems enticing to play the plus-price, thinking Manning could have a big day, while oddsmakers know he's likely to land right on the number or fall just short, which is why the under is heavily priced.
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno's longest rush of the day is 15.5 yards and the under is favored at -125, while the over is just -105. The oddsmakers are asking will Moreno even score, and the no is favored at -130, with the yes coming in at Even.
Finally, Denver’s veteran cornerback Champ Bailey has waited 15 seasons to play in a Super Bowl and the oddsmakers have a prop on him recording at least one interception. The no is a whopping -500, while the comeback price on yes is +350.
And for point-spread purists, the Super Bowl line is holding steady, but different books monitored by Odds Shark have the spread between -1 and -3 for Denver.