The Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos promises to be an exciting contest, and bettors can make things even more exciting with an endless supply of prop bets at their fingertips.
Not all prop bets are created equal, as many are frivolous in nature and completely out of your control when it's all said and done. Some prop bets are worth considering, however, which we'll get to shortly.
Both the Seahawks and Broncos reached the Super Bowl after dominating their respective conferences during the regular season. Featuring 13-3 records, both teams cruised into the playoffs as No. 1 seeds and then swept the competition during the postseason.
Denver features the NFL's top-ranked offensive attack, while Seattle brings a peerless defense to the battle. There's mutual respect between the two top-ranked units, with quarterback Peyton Manning leading the charge in this regard.
"Looking at their defense, they are as good as advertised," Manning said, via Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today. "What's probably one of the more impressive things is how well they play together as a unit. You see them communicating out there on the field and safeties talking to each other, linebackers talking to the corners; that's not always true for every defense. It's a big part of their success."
The epic clash between Denver's offense and Seattle's defense should live up to the pregame hype, and there are other terrific matchups to watch for in the championship tilt.
Here's a quick look at when and where you can catch the game along with betting information. Afterward, keep reading to find out which prop bets could earn you a nice chunk of change.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Live Stream: FoxSports.com
Betting Info (via Bovada)
Spread: Broncos (-3)
Money Line: Seattle (+115), Denver (-135)
Prop Bets To Consider
Team to Score Last Wins the Game
- Yes: -175
- No: +145
Last year's Super Bowl ended with the losing team scoring last, as Baltimore took a safety with four seconds left on the clock.
That's not a normal outcome in Super Bowls, however, as you have to go back to Super Bowl XXXIX (2005) to find the previous time the losing team scored last.
Blowouts are extremely rare in the big game, and we've seen plenty of Super Bowls end with a last-second kick. This upcoming game between Seattle and Denver should be no different in this regard, as both teams come into the game with championship-caliber rosters that are fairly healthy.
Fans should expect this game to come down to the wire, and the team that scores last will likely win the game. Take the yes on this bet. Even though the money line isn't amazing, it's a bet you can feel confident about winning.
How Many Successful Field Goals Will Be Kicked in the Game?
- 4.5 (+250 over; -325 under)
- 2.5 (-220 over; +180 under)
- 1.5 (-150 over; +120 under)
Take the over on all three bets.
Seattle's Steven Hauschka made 33 field goals in 16 regular-season games and then hit three in each of the Seahawks' first two postseason games. He's a consistent source of offense for Seattle—a team that relies on ball control, winning the turnover battle and playing stifling defense to win games.
Denver's Matt Prater hit only 25 field goals during the regular season, but his production has increased in the playoffs, with five made out of six attempts in two games.
Between them, Prater and Hauschka made 5.5 field goals in two games this postseason.
Furthermore, as pointed out by David Steele of Sporting News, head coaches are relying on kickers more and more to win games instead of trying for touchdowns at the end of games: "By every measure, placekickers are getting better and field-goal accuracy at every distance is going up. Games are routinely decided by field goals, and coaches are responding by playing for big kicks instead of touchdowns."
This trend should continue in the upcoming Super Bowl, as touchdowns will likely be tough to come by in the red zone.
Will Seattle Score a Defensive or Special Teams Touchdown?
According to oddsmakers:
- Yes: +225
- No: -285
Statistically speaking, betting the "yes" is extremely risky, as the Seahawks scored just three times during the regular season in a defensive or special teams play. Linebacker Malcolm Smith and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Walter Thurmond scored defensive touchdowns in 2013.
That said, given the way the Seahawks tend to do everything big, it shouldn't be shocking if one of those defenders or another player ends up with a pick-six or a touchdown on a lost fumble.
Furthermore, Seattle's had a couple of close calls on special teams, with Golden Tate breaking off a 71-yard return on a punt earlier this year and Percy Harvin taking a kickoff back 58 yards. Harvin is going to play, and he will likely be utilized as a return man for this pivotal game.
He's returned five kickoffs for touchdowns in his career—at least one a year (minus 2013) since he's been in the league—and is always a threat to take every ball he touches to paydirt.
It's risky, but taking the "yes" on this bet makes too much sense to pass up on the opportunity to more than double your money.
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