We've reached the pinnacle of the football season.
The Super Bowl is finally here, and the Buccaneers are looking to unseat the reigning world champion Chiefs.
For the rest of us that aren't fans of these two organizations, that means that we'll be outsiders looking in as their teams fight for the right to hoist the Lombardi trophy at the conclusion of this game. That also means that since there isn't a whole lot riding on this for the majority of NFL fans, we need to find ways to keep ourselves interested for four quarters of football.
Answer to this problem? Prop bets!
Because the Super Bowl is the only game in town, it's always been a beacon for some of the wildest prop bets we see all year. How often will COVID-19 be brought up during the telecast? How many times will we see dogs featured in commercials? Who gets more screen time between Gisele and Roger Goodell? These are all burning questions that we must know, and we want to put some money on it.
Let's take a look at some of the best prop bets you can place before the Super Bowl kicks off this Sunday.
All bets and odds are taken from BetMGM Sportsbook and Odds Shark unless otherwise noted. These bets are using moneyline odds which means the odds are represented by either being (+) or (-) an amount. For example if a bet's odds is +200, it would mean you would need to bet $100 to win $200. If a bet's odds is -200, it would mean you would need to bet $200 to win $100.
Due to the extended break between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, there is time to discuss the game, what we expect to see, and the storylines that makeup the matchup. One of those has been the achievements of Tom Brady, both in the past with New England and with what he's been able to accomplish in his first season with Tampa Bay this year.
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Brady will undoubtedly be a focal point of conversation throughout the game and that brings us to our first prop bet.
The Bet: What will be mentioned first on the broadcast?
Odds: Tom Brady's 10th Super Bowl Appearance (-150) or Tom Brady's Age which is 43 (+110)
Our Pick: This is really a toss up. Most likely the two facts will be talked about at the top of the broadcast in short order. It will either be presented as, "The 43 year old is making his 10th Super Bowl appearance," or, "This is the 10th Super Bowl appearance for the 43 year old Brady." We're going with 10th Super Bowl Appearance at -150.
Another hot topic during the broadcast will be the Covid-19 pandemic and the work the NFL did to get through the season and to the Super Bowl. A second aspect of that will be talking about the job NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, did guiding the league to this accomplishment.
The Bet: What will be said first?
Odds: "COVID" (-500) or "Pandemic" (+300)
Our Pick: It seems most likely that during the broadcast an announcer will in this order say the words, "COVID-19 pandemic," but don't underestimate network television's ability to soften the blow when it comes to divisive or touchy subjects. A good way to do such a thing when addressing the pandemic is to lead with a less ostentatious "pandemic" mention before highlighting the notorious "COVID" on air during such a joyous event. We're going with "Pandemic" at +300.
deleteThe Bet: How many times will Roger Goodell be shown?
Odds: Over 1.5 (-140) or Under 1.5 (-140)
Our Pick: This is an even line with an over under of 1.5 times shown. Pick your own adventure! This is an easy over, go bet it now before the line changes. Taking the over at -140.
Speaking of screen time, another cut-away magnet during any Tom Brady Super Bowl is his wife, Gisele Bunchden. It's tough to know whether Gisele will even be at Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl LV, but that doesn't necessarily mean she wouldn't be shown via social media live streams or posts.
The Bet: How many times will Gisele Bunchden be shown?
Odds: Over 1.5 (-250) or Under 1.5 (+170)
Our Pick: We're betting on Gisele staying home with her and Tom's lovely family, leaving viewers to focus on her husband trying to add another ring to his collection. Even if we get an Instagram post displayed, it's hard to imagine more than one. We are taking the under of 1.5 appearances for Gisele during the Super Bowl at +170.
Tom's other significant other, Bill Belichick, is likely to be mentioned as well. The question of whether Brady could make it without his former coach and vice versa has always been out there, but only now do we get to see if we get some conclusive evidence. It seems inevitable that Belichick is talked about multiple times during the broadcast, especially if we get a new Subway commercial from Hollywood Bill.
The Bet: How many times will Bill Belichick be mentioned?
Odds: More than once (-175) or Less than once (+135) via VegasOdds.com
Our Pick: The odds will be against you, but the smart money is going to be on betting the over of more than one mention of Bill Belichick at -175. If you have enough to put on this one that makes the return worth it for you take the over on this one.
At this point you have to be thinking to yourself: It's about time for one of these bets to be related to the Chiefs or Patrick Mahomes, since it seems like this is nearing the end of the article. You would be right about it being near the end, but you'd be wrong about the final prop bet to be about the the Chiefs or their star quarterback. The final prop we want to cover will likely determine how many people are feeling after the conclusion of Super Bowl LV.
The Bet: How many commercials will have a dog in it?
Odds: Over 4.5 (-250) or Under 4.5 (+170) via BetOnline.ag
Our Pick: So we are really just hedging our bets here, but I look at it as a win/win. Who doesn't need more dogs, especially after the year we've had. I'm taking the under at +170 here. Not because I don't think there will be or should be that many dog featuring commercials, but because I do. If we lose out on this bet it just means that we got more doggos this year which is always a win, but if we win the bet at least we get compensated for a lack of proper doggo representation during our football respites.
There's no better bet than a win/win and when you get commercials like this who doesn't feel like a winner?
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