Super Bowl XLVIII will certainly be entertaining in its own right. However, if you need to spice up the game with a little more action on the side, prop bets are the way to go.
After all, each year the big game is chock-full of interesting bets, ranging from the normal to the obscure.
Whether placing a wager online or sitting around with friends betting dollar bills, these prop bets are sure to highlight your Super Bowl experience in a big way.
All betting lines courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Player to Score the Game's 1st Touchdown
This will be a great way to get the game going. The score will be even at zero and everyone will be anticipating which player will find the end zone first. Notice that quarterbacks have higher odds here. That's because a passing touchdown counts for the receiver.
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Peyton Manning Prop Bets
What good would placing bets on this year's Super Bowl be if somehow Peyton Manning wasn't involved? Luckily, Bovada has you covered with a plethora of different wagers for the NFL's new all-time single-season passing yards and passing touchdowns record holder.
Total Touchdown Passes
|5 or more||10-1|
Manning averaged 3.4 touchdown passes per game in the 2013 regular season. However, more times than not (nine games to be exact), he threw at least four touchdowns in a single game.
Seattle allowed only 16 touchdown passes the entire regular season, the second fewest in the NFL. The "Legion of Boom" held on to its one-touchdown-per-game rate when Drew Brees and Colin Kaepernick each threw for just one touchdown pass against it in the playoffs.
Total Passing Yards
Manning threw 342.3 yards per game this regular season. He threw for at least 400 yards four times and only three times did he fail to eclipse the 290-yard mark.
No defense surrendered fewer passing yards per game than the Seahawks this season. They allowed about half of what Manning averages, 172.0 yards per. Something has to give.
|3 or more||+500|
Manning's 11 interceptions in the 18 total games he's played during the 2013-2014 campaign equates to only 61.1 percent odds that he throws an interception in the Super Bowl. That's without taking the defense into consideration, of course. He also only finished two games with multiple interceptions.
No defense caught more passes than Seattle's either during the regular season. Its 28 interceptions were five more than any other team's total. And its knack for picks won it the NFC Championship game.
Marshawn Lynch Prop Bets
If you're going to be betting on the game, go all out—better yet, go "Beast Mode." There are plenty of enticing bets regarding the Seattle Seahawks' bruising running back, Marshawn Lynch.
Total Rushing Yards
Lynch rushed for 78.6 yards per game during the regular season. Of course, most of Lynch's signature performances have come in the postseason (see: his 249 rushing yards and three touchdowns the past two games).
Denver surrendered the seventh-fewest rushing yards per game this regular season at 101.6 per game. Opposing runners only managed a yards-per-carry average of 3.9 as well.
Total Rushing Attempts
Lynch has carried the football at a rate of 19.5 rushes per game this year, including the playoffs. Of course, his carry count escalated to 25 a game in the divisional and conference championship games.
Denver's opponents only attempted 26.2 rushes per game against it in 2013, the eighth fewest in the NFL. This is half because of a solid Broncos front-seven and half because Manning forced opponents to play catch up.
Will Lynch Score a TD?
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Lynch scored 14 total touchdowns during the regular reason, a rate of less than one per game. But he's rushed for three in the Seahawks' two playoff games.
Denver surrendered 15 rushing touchdowns this regular season, tying it for the ninth-most touchdowns allowed on the ground in the league.
Not only are the regular prop bets based on game stats available, but Bovada also has a number of very intriguing off-the-wall betting propositions as well. These border more on the ridiculous; however, that could also mean they will be that much more fun.
How Many Times Will Eli Manning Be Shown on TV?
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Eli being Peyton's brother is enough for the broadcast to show Eli after every huge play Peyton makes. The fact that there's a competition for most Super Bowl rings between the two QBs going on makes Eli's face gracing viewers television screens even more likely.
Who Will Be Seen 1st on TV After Kickoff?
The 52-year-old Pam Oliver is the veteran sportscaster. However, the up-and-coming Andrews is more likely to boost Fox's ratings. She also just had the interview of the century with Richard Sherman.
How Many Times Will "12th Man" Be Said During the Game?
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Seattle's "12th Man" should garner praise in pregame for helping fuel a Seahawks Super Bowl run. However, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium is a long way off from Washington state. Seattle's fanbase will be the quietest it has been this past month.
Will Richard Sherman Receive a Taunting Penalty During the Game?
Sherman's mouth will surely be active from opening kickoff to final whistle. But it's unlikely that the intelligent, Stanford graduate will draw taunting penalties in back-to-back games knowing how much it could hurt his team.
Will Wes Welker Drop a Pass in the Game?
Welker dropped 10 passes this season, tying him for second most in the NFL according to NBC Sports. He infamously let a key pass in Super Bowl XLVI slip through his hands. Odds are that Sherman helps him remember that drop on Sunday evening.
All of these bets and many more are available at Bovada.lv. If the Super Bowl alone isn't enticing enough for you, or you're just looking to make a little extra cash on the side, this is one way to quench your thirst.
Good luck, and enjoy.