Super Bowl Sunday is the best day on the NFL calendar. Not only does it pit the best vs. the best, but there's so much fun to be had with Super Bowl betting.
Super Bowls are known for their famous prop bets. Most sportsbooks offer anything from the almost certain to the downright silly. You can bet on the length of the national anthem, all the way to the likelihood of a safety.
Before we get into it, let's just remind ourselves about how to read NFL betting odds.
- If a team has a -200 moneyline, it means you need to wager $200 in order to win $100 ($300 payout).
- A -150 moneyline, you say? You'd need to wager $150 to win $100 ($250 payout/total). If you wagered $75 on -150, you'd win $50.
- If a team has a "+" moneyline, the goalposts shift. The + tells us how much you would win betting $100, if you win of course.
- For example, a +150 moneyline would mean – if successful – a profit of $150 ($250 payout). If a team had a +185 moneyline, you would make $185 profit – $285 total – when betting $100.
Okay, now that we understand odds, we can get right into prop bets. If you want to know more about prop bets and Super Bowl trends, don't sweat.
Ready? Let's go!
Super Bowl MVP
The most prestigious prop bet, well, for players anyway, has to be the Super Bowl MVP. Traditionally, Super Bowl MVP winners come from the victorious team and almost as frequently, their quarterback – see Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LIV, or Tom Brady in Super Bowl LV.
Of the 12 MVPs from 2010 until 2021, all were from the winning team. Unsurprisingly, too, nine of those 12 were quarterbacks. However, two LBs – Von Miller and Malcolm Smith – have come up big. Julian Edelman was the other outlier, the WR starring for New England in their huge Super Bowl upset win over LA in February 2019.
Fun Super Bowl Prop Bets
Alongside the prop bets relating to the in-play results, this is the time of year the sportsbooks give us bettors some fun options to add some entertainment to our Super Bowl experience, here are some of the more interesting (read: silly) props of on offer.
What will be the result of the coin toss?
Heads or tails?
Over/Under of the National Anthem
The line for the over/under is usually set around 120 seconds.
Who will the MVP thank first?
God, teammates and family are popular options.
What color Gatorade will be poured on the winning coach?
Will it match the team's colors? Does this team traditionally prefer a particular color?
Will the President tweet during the Super Bowl?
The POTUS is a common prop topic during the Super Bowl.