5 Best Super Bowl Prop Bets

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 1, 2012

Gambling is a big draw when it comes to the Super Bowl, and few things are more entertaining than examining the game's prop bets.

From yards to points, National Anthem lengths to sacks and everything in between, every happening at the Super Bowl seemingly has a money line.

For wide receivers, this is a banner year for prop bets.

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz has proven to be his team's not-so-secret weapon in 2011, with 11 games with 90 or more receiving yards in the regular season.

The Vegas line on his yardage on Sunday comes in at 85 1/2. I'd go with the over—way over. I see Cruz as being the most productive Giants receiver on the day, with well over 100 yards.

On the Patriots' side, no receiver has been more quiet this year than Chad Ochocinco. The former Cincinnati Bengal was supposed to have a revived career with New England this year, but instead, he fell flat, with just 15 regular-season receptions on 32 targets and zero targets in the playoffs.

Vegas treats Ocho simply, asking if he will net even one reception in the Super Bowl. If history is any indicator, then he's likely to have no catches on Sunday.

Sacks and punts have both factored into the playoffs in a big way, with a number of defensive-minded teams reaching the postseason this year.

Vegas has the over/under on punts at 8 1/2. Though we're not likely to see the 22 punts of the NFC championship game, neither are we likely to see the mere six punts of the AFC title game. I like the over; both defenses will be working harder than ever in the Super Bowl.

Same goes for sacks. When the Giants and Patriots met in the regular season, Tom Brady was sacked two times, while Eli Manning wasn't sacked at all. Since that time, both teams' pass rushes have stiffened. Again, I am going with the over.

One of the more ridiculous, though entertaining, Super Bowl prop bets is the length of the National Anthem.

Last year, Christina Aguilera nearly reached the two-minute mark. This year, with Kelly Clarkson singing the Anthem, it's liable to be shorter. Beyond the Bets broke down every instance of Clarkson singing the anthem and has averaged it out to 1:31, three seconds shorter than Las Vegas' over/under.

While she won't take nearly as long as Aguilera did last year, I like the over, simply because Clarkson will likely take more time singing the Anthem on the sporting world's biggest stage.

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