There are plenty of reasons to tune into the Super Bowl each year. Aside from being the most highly anticipated sporting event of the year, the game features stunning musical performances, hilarious commercials and the opportunity to make some money by wagering on some intriguing prop bets.
This year, oddsmakers have put together an impressive list of prop bets that allow bettors the chance to earn some cold-hard cash in a variety of ways. Not only are in-game wagers available, but there are some rather exotic bets that include the length of the national anthem, how many times commentators will refer to "deflated balls" and more.
So, as we impatiently await the NFL's championship game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks to commence, let's take a look at some intriguing prop bets and predict how they'll shake out.
National Anthem Prop Bets
How long will it take Idina Menzel to sing the U.S. National Anthem?
- Over/Under: 2 minutes 1 second
Oddsmakers got pretty clever with this one. Menzel is an absolute powerhouse of a singer and is more than capable of sustaining one perfectly pitched note for quite some time. The question is: How theatrical will she get when singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl?
Luckily, we have a previous performance to base a decision on. Menzel sang the national anthem at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. She put on a brilliant performance—take a listen:
She begins the anthem at the 2:20 mark in the above video and ends at 4:19, a performance that lasts one minute and 59 seconds. Although, before you run off to place your bets on the under, keep in mind she will be singing for an audience of more than 110 million viewers on Feb. 1. That may be enough to warrant holding out a few extra notes.
Will Idina Menzel forget or omit at least one word of the official U.S. National Anthem?
- Yes: +400 (4-1 odds)
- No: -600 (1-6 odds)
Going by Menzel's flawless performance at the MLB All-Star Game, it's difficult to see her forgetting or omitting a word in the national anthem. She's a highly experienced singer and has performed on some massive stages in the past. Don't expect her nerves to get to her, as she'll deliver a perfect performance once again.
Patriots vs. Seahawks Prop Bets
Which team will score first?
- Patriots: -115 (20-23 odds)
- Seahawks: -115 (20-23 odds)
This bet may have plenty to do with which team wins the coin toss and if they elect to receive or defer. Unfortunately, we can't take a glimpse into the future before placing this wager, so some digging is in order.
Looking back over the 2014 regular season, there's actually quite a difference in first-quarter points scored between the Patriots and Seahawks. According to TeamRankings.com, New England ranks eighth in the league, averaging 5.5 first-quarter points per game. Seattle, on the other hand, ranks 18th and averages just 4.1 points in the first quarter.
That trend has continued in the playoffs, as New England scored a total of 21 points in the first quarter through two games, while Seattle scored just seven. The Patriots are the pick here.
How many total touchdowns will be scored in the game?
- Over/Under: 5.5
Both the Patriots and Seahawks have had a great deal of success finding the end zone in the playoffs. Seattle has scored four touchdowns in each of its postseason contests, and New England has scored a total of 11 in its two games. Although, neither team has allowed many trips to the end zone.
While the Patriots did allow four touchdowns to the Baltimore Ravens, they were able to right the ship the following week, giving up just one to the Indianapolis Colts. Seattle only allowed two to the Carolina Panthers and just one to the Green Bay Packers.
Due to stellar defenses, don't expect either team to accumulate more than three touchdowns. However, it's easy to see a total of six trips to the end zone between these teams, as New England's passing attack and Seattle's running game are extremely difficult to contain for a full 60 minutes.
How many total sacks will there be in the game?
- Over/Under: 4.5
This may be the most bettor-friendly line the Super Bowl has to offer. Don't mind the fact that Seattle has racked up just three sacks in two games and New England has yet to record one. The important factor here is the Patriots have given up three sacks and the Seahawks have given up seven during that span.
Both of these teams know how to rush the passer—New England racked up 40 sacks during the regular season, and Seattle tallied 37. The Seahawks have a very quick defensive line that knows how to apply consistent pressure, and the Patriots' pass-rushers will be helped by Russell Wilson's tendency to give up sacks after scrambling in the backfield.
There's a possibility Wilson could make this line go over by himself—he was sacked five times against Green Bay. Add the fact that Seattle boasts a strong pass rush against a somewhat inconsistent Patriots offensive line, and you have a strong case to place a wager on the over.
All prop bets courtesy of Odds Shark and current as of January 30.