The Super Bowl is right around the corner. With the stigma of sports betting dwindling late – even getting legalized in places – the big game has become as much a gambling spectacle than a football game. So why not look into some online sports betting sites to see if some prop bets can potentially make your Super Bowl experience a bit more entertaining? Here are five prop bets that may pique one’s interest:
Prop: First-half points scored: under 27.0
With the two-week layoff and all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the game, the Super Bowl is unlike any other.
All of that often leads to a sloppy and choppy game, especially early on. Plus, these type of bets usually get marked up a point or two because nobody likes betting the under, it’s less fun to root for. Grab the value play.
Prop: First score of the game: 49ers field goal (+375)
The Niners won’t hesitate to go to him and grab an early lead. Speculating that San Francisco might put a decent drive together only to have it stall in Cheifs’ territory and turning to Gould for the game’s first score is a very conceivable way for the scoring to start.
Prop: Will either teams’ defense/special teams score a touchdown: No (-300)
San Francisco attempted only eight passes in the NFC Championship game. Patrick Mahomes is one of the most accurate passers in the game. An interception return is highly unlikely.
Furthermore, fumble and kick/punt returns are very unlikely to begin with. Put down the extra money to make the smart play here.
Prop: Total sacks for Nick Bosa: under 1.0 (-115)
Strategically, it might be beneficial for the 49ers to use Bosa as a bit of a decoy and use all the attention he gets to scheme other pass-rushers free. Including the playoffs, Bosa has played in 19 games this season (he missed Week 2) and recorded a dozen sacks. He was held sack-less in nine of those games, so the over here might not be the lock it seems like it would be.
Prop: San Francisco total touchdowns: under 3.5 (-200)
The 49ers’ best path to a victory would be to play a ball-control style. Which is to say: Their best defense may be keeping possession for clock-eating drives. Plus, if the Chiefs win, this under is likely to hit as well, so unless you think San Francisco wins in a rout, the under here covers quite a bit of ground as far as potential outcomes.