Super Bowl betting is big business. One year ago, $119 million changed hands legally, and far more was bet illegally on the Big Game, according to SB Nation.
One of the reasons why so much money is put down is because there are so many different bets to be made, thanks to the high volume of prop bets available during Super Bowl 50.
Daryl Williams at Football Betting Center has picked several of the most popular prop bets for Sunday’s game, and here are six that may interest you.
Longest field goal over/under: 45.5 yards
Both of these teams have solid kickers with strong legs, so there’s a good chance that one of them will boom a big one. Graham Gano was a wonderful pickup for the Carolina Panthers, as he has made 30 of 36 field goals – 15 from at least 40 yards. Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus is 30 of 35 this season with 10 field goals made from 40 yards and beyond.
Shortest touchdown play over/under: 1.5 yards
Given that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seems to score at least one short rushing touchdown every game, taking the under on this bet might seem like a long shot, but it’s very possible. Both teams scored at least eight 1-yard touchdowns during the 2015 regular season, according to Football Betting Center.
Will there be a defensive touchdown? Yes or no
Defensive touchdowns might be rare, but consider this: Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly had several pick-sixes this season. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning can’t air it out like he did earlier in his career, and he throws a lot of mid-range passes – right where Kuechly sits, waiting to make the big play. That could mean big things for Carolina’s defensive star.
Field goals made over/under: 3.5
As I mentioned earlier, these two teams have very precise kickers. They also have very good defenses that are skilled at keeping opponents out of the end zone. That means we just might see a lot of field goals in this game.
Will there be a safety? Yes or no
This would be a great prop bet on which you could place a small bet and possibly get a big reward. Football Betting Center notes that there were only 16 safeties in the NFL this season, but a safety has been recorded in three of the last four Super Bowls. Two teams with strong defensive lines might give us our fourth safety in the last five Big Games.
Longest touchdown scored over/under: 40.5 yards
Manning’s arm strength – or lack thereof – lessens the chance of the over on this bet. But Newton has an affinity for the big play, especially when he gets receiver Ted Ginn Jr. wide open down the field. This one is an especially tough call because one blown assignment could mean a huge touchdown play.
Note: This post is for discussion purposes only; do not use my opinions as guidance for your own bets.
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