Must-Have Super Bowl Prop Bets

Super Bowl XLVIII
There is no shortage of great prop bets for this year's big game.

Prop bets for the Super Bowl have grown significantly over the last few years. The original prop bets started with what team would score first or what team would pass for more yards but now the coin flip has become the norm as has the length of the national anthem.

I like some of the traditional ones but I’ll share some more obscure prop bets as well so let’s get to it!

Odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII MVP – Peyton Manning (11/10) and Marshawn Lynch (15/4) are your top favorites but I’m going to give you a couple of long shots I like. I like Trindon Holliday (25/1) and Julius Thomas (40/1) for Denver and Doug Baldwin (40/1) and Kam Chancellor (75/1) for Seattle.

Odds on who scores the first touchdown – Marshawn Lynch (11/2) and Wes Welker (7/1) are your favorites but here are the longer shots I like. Tight ends Zach Miller (25/1) and Jacob Tamme (18/1) are good picks and don’t count out Manning at 40/1.

Will Wes Welker score a touchdown – Yes +105 No -135 I say no.

Total receiving yards for Julius Thomas – 55.5 Over -105 under -125 I like the over.

Total receiving yards for Golden Tate – 45.5 Yes -125 no -105 I say yes.

Will Doug Baldwin score a touchdown – Yes +215 no -275 I say no.

Who will throw the first touchdown pass – Wilson +175 Manning -215 Have to take Manning here.

Who will throw the last touchdown pass – Wilson +160 Manning -200 Common sense says Manning but I’m taking Wilson.

Will Renee Fleming challenge the National Anthem record?

Far Out Props I Love

Length of the National Anthem – 2 minutes, 25 seconds Over +135 Under -175 The standard is still Whitney Houston’s performance in 1991. This year’s anthem will be sung by opera singer Renee Fleming. I’m actually going to go the over here.

Will Renee Fleming wear gloves when she begins the National Anthem – Yes -175 No + 135 I’m all over yes.

Will Knowshon Moreno cry during the Anthem – Yes +150 No -200 Hell yes! If he cried during a regular season game at San Diego why wouldn’t he cry here?

How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV – 1.5 Over -150 Under +110 Take the over and don’t second guess it for a second.

Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during the Halftime Show – Yes -200 No +150 Normally I would say yes but because this is the ‘stuffy’ NFL of Roger Goodell I’m betting the shirts stay on.

What will the TV rating be for the game – 47.5 Yes -130 No -110 The Peyton Manning factor will force me to say yes.

I could probably go on for days with some of the prop bets that are floating around out there but I want to share some with you that you can do with friends, family and colleagues if you’re watching with a big group.

Super Bowl Squares – Don’t just do the traditional ‘payout after each quarter,’ try doing payouts for every score of the game. A lower scoring games means bigger payout, but either way, you should get more people in the winner’s circle and that means people usually have more fun.

Troy Aikman Comments – I think Aikman does a pretty good job with analysis, but he tends to harken back to his Cowboys’ days a bit too often for me. Set an over/under for the number of times he does this.

Erin Andrews/Pam Oliver – Get the ladies involved by laying some money on who will have the best hair or best hat or best coat. Sounds sill but I guarantee you will hear comments on this.

The Peyton Shoulder Shrug – The Manning’s have a very interesting move when things aren’t going well. They typically shrug their shoulders a lot as if re-adjusting their shoulder pads. Put an over/under on that.

Enjoy the Super Bowl!