The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will battle in what should be a memorable Super Bowl, although no matter who wins you can entertain yourself with some side bets.
Like all other NFL games, you have a chance to make normal predictions for who wins, whether that team will cover the spread as well as the over/under for the total score. However, this highly anticipated battle also adds dozens of prop bets concerning the action on the field and sometimes off it.
Super Bowl 50 should be fun to watch whether you have money on the line or not, but here is a look at some intriguing props to make things a bit more interesting.
Super Bowl Info
When: Sunday, Feb. 7
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
Odds (via Odds Shark)
Spread: Panthers -6
Intriguing Prop Bets (via Odds Shark)
How Many Times Will Cam Newton Do Superman Motion During Game?
Over 2.5 (Even)
Under 2.5 (-140)
Love him or hate him, Cam Newton is someone who is known for his antics after plays, something that has come even more in the spotlight with the Panthers winning so often. He is of the mindset that you shouldn't let him into the end zone if you don't want him dancing.
The "Superman" motion shown above has been a mainstay of Newton's repertoire for years, although we might see a bit more dabbing on Sunday. Even as his team got into a scuffle in the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals he made sure he got his time to dance:
Steve Noah @Steve_OS
Here's the Vine of the Cam Newton dab https://t.co/c9PlJDEGe02016-1-25 01:18:22
In reality, the only thing that will limit Newton's celebrations is a lack of success on the field. This is where the Broncos coming in with the No. 1 defense in the NFL could make things difficult for the star quarterback and this bet.
Still, there could be plenty of first downs or even sideline moments where he lets himself loose. After all, he's just having fun.
Von Miller Total Sacks
Over 0.5 (-225)
Under 0.5 (+185)
The payout certainly isn't great to bet on Von Miller getting a sack, especially considering how difficult it is to bring down Cam Newton. It's also not easy to get a sack every game as the linebacker finished with 11 on the season in a great year.
Still, Miller is coming off a dominant performance in the 20-18 win against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. He had 2.5 sacks on Tom Brady and, as Bucky Brooks of NFL.com noted, he was almost impossible to stop:
Bucky Brooks @BuckyBrooks
Von Miller is a "one-man" wrecking crew today.. He is absolutely destroying the timing of the @Patriots passing game w/his quickness of edge2016-1-24 22:38:01
Even if Carolina puts extra effort into blocking Miller with double and triple teams, Miller still has an ability to break through for at least one sack on the big stage.
On the other hand, betting on a 6'5", 245-pound quarterback to stay upright against a 6'3", 250-pound linebacker might not be too bad of a decision with the odds in your favor.
Will Mike Carey Be Wrong About a Challenge?
This is just plain funny for anyone who has watched a CBS broadcast during the NFL season. Mike Carey is a former NFL referee, and he now has a role giving his insight for television viewers on reviews and other questionable calls during the course of a game.
The problem is he is wrong...a lot.
Every time Carey is brought in for his opinion, he seems to be trending on Twitter a few minutes later as he becomes a national punchline. Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press even recently got in on the action.
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Mike Carey is really, really bad at this.2016-1-24 20:43:59
Despite the backlash, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus explained his support for Carey, per Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today:
I’ve seen some of the criticism, and I think some of it is very hurtful, quite frankly.
But Mike is learning his craft and, I think more often than not, he has gotten it right. But I’ll also say that he has disagreed a number of times in some very high profile situations with what the (replay) officials have come back with.
This is a tough bet because it will likely require a close call that leads to a replay review and Carey guessing wrong, but it will also be extremely satisfying if you are right with a nice payoff in that case as well.
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