The Super Bowl experience just wouldn’t be the same without the vast array of prop wagers available at various sportsbooks across the internet. We here at The Sports Geek realize this and would like to set you up with some intriguing side bets for the big game, should your main wagers go sour. As is always this case, there are literally thousands of different prop bets to sift through for Sunday’s contest. This column will go over some of the top options for team and full-game props. Feel free to read on below for further details and official selections.
Seahawks vs. Broncos Super Bowl XLVIII Prop Bets:
Props and betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
#1 – Will the team that scores first win the game? – Yes (-165)/No (+135)
This is one prop where I see good value. Super Bowl XLVIII promises to be a back-and-forth affair throughout all four quarters, and a team scoring early in the game really doesn’t have that much of an impact on the final three quarters. A simple field goal isn’t going to derail the chances of the trailing team in a first quarter. Moreover, in the last twelve Super Bowl games, half the time the team that concedes first, goes on to win the game. Putting minimal points on the board first doesn’t guarantee victory, so go with the value ‘No’ offers in this spot.
PICK = No (+135)
#2 – Will either team score 3 unanswered times? – Yes (-170)/No (+140)
Another wager where the ‘No’ side represents strong value. This is one of the closest Super Bowls in recent memory and as a result I expect a back-and-forth game to be played. Lead changes will be regular and both squads are talented enough to sap the other’s momentum. I cannot see either defense conceding three straight times, and this game will not be a blowout. Add in the fact that both these offenses don’t make many mistakes or turn the ball over, and three straight scores seems hard to do given the situation.
PICK = No (+140)
#3 – Total Number of Penalties Made in the Game by Both Teams – Over 12 (+100)/Under 12 (-130)
Even though both the Seahawks and Broncos are two of the more heavily penalized teams in the NFL, there is evidence that the referees do tend to swallow their whistles in the big game. No referee wants to be the storyline of the Super Bowl, and that trend should hold true here. Expect this to be a physically played contest, especially when you consider how refs seem to be more and more lenient with the physicality of Seattle’s defensive backs. We’re banking on that having a carry-over effect to the rest of the game. Side with the Under here at -130.
PICK = Under 12 Penalties (-130)
#4 – Total QB Sacks in the game – Over 4.5 (+100)/Under 4.5 (-130)
As tricky and elusive as Russell Wilson is, the Seahawks quarterback has been sacked a remarkable 19 times in the past five games. Manning on the other hand hasn’t been sacked all that often, but expect that to change against the ferocious Seahawks defense. Even though Seattle likely won’t blitz all that often in this game (because Manning picks blitzes apart), the Seahawks have the talent to generate pressure with three-and-four man rushes. Expect three or four Wilson sacks, and two conceded by Manning to push this over the posted total of 4.5.
PICK = Over 4.5 Sacks (+100)