The Super Bowl is the greatest spectacle in all of North American sports, and the annual game brings with it something for everybody: Pageantry, (sometimes) the two best football teams in all of the NFL, and all of that completely legal gambling.
Betting on only the game is for amateurs, and thus those looking for some additional action can scope out and put some money on those fun prop bets that pop up every Super Bowl week. Some, such as “Heads vs. Tails,” are literally all about luck and luck only. Others could make you a bit of cash so long as you use your head and don't try to hit it big on one splash.
Super Bowl XLVIII prop bets: Will Richard Sherman get a taunting penalty? (4/1 on “yes”)
As if anybody had any doubt on the subject before Sherman cut his now famous promo following the NFC Championship Game, the Seattle Seahawks defensive back is a far different person on the field than he is off of it. The soft-spoken and highly intelligent Sherman has played it cool throughout Super Bowl week, and this seems to be a no-brainer on “no.”
That is, of course, until you imagine his making one final great play that guarantees Seattle a title.
Sherman losing his cool if such a scenario were to occur is far from unlikely. That said, I am, with a few days left to go before I have to submit an official pick, thinking the Denver Broncos will be hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done. That's why I'm going with “no.”
Super Bowl XLVIII prop bets: Peyton Manning total passing yards over/under 289
The upcoming Super Bowl will feature the league's No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense in all of the NFL. Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints went for 309 yards against the Seahawks in a rain storm in the Divisional Round contest. The following week, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick threw for only 153 yards against Seattle.
Manning, meanwhile, threw for 400 yards even versus the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The weather conditions on Sunday shouldn't be a problem for either quarterback, and Denver will, unless up big in the fourth quarter, be looking to win the game through the pass. “Over” seems the safest bet.
Super Bowl XLVIII prop bets: Will Percy Harvin leave the game with an injury? (3/1)
This one is a little harsh, as the current Seattle wide receiver has dealt with a variety of injuries throughout his NFL career. Harvin suffered a concussion several weeks ago against the Saints, but he has been cleared to play this Sunday. That, in no way whatsoever, means that he'll be on the field in the fourth quarter.
Sorry, Percy, but I'd have to bet against you.
Super Bowl XLVIII prop bets: Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless? (Even)
I have some inside information for those who believe that Flea, Anthony Kiedis and company will remain fully clothed due to the weather conditions at MetLife Stadium at halftime. I saw RHCP play in an outdoor arena during cold weather many years back, and that didn't prevent Kiedis and Flea from going shirtless after about the third song.
The words “wardrobe malfunction” bring nightmares to the NFL and to whatever station is airing the Big Game (FOX this time around) every February. That said, you know what you're getting when you bring in the Chili Peppers. It's possible that this is a sucker bet, but go with shirts off to be safe.
Super Bowl XLVIII prop bets: How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV? over/under 1 time (Over -160 | Under +120)
Here's how I see it: Peyton will throw a touchdown/interception, and the cameras will point toward wherever Archie and the family are sitting.
Peyton will win the game or he'll play his final snap before it's guaranteed that the Broncos cannot win: The cameras will point toward Archie and the family.
That's two right there. If we're also counting pregame coverage, this is as easy money as you're going to find on Sunday.
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