The Super Bowl is right around the corner and the sportsbooks have released a ton of prop bets for punters to mull over. Super Bowl Sunday is traditionally one of the busiest days for bookies and this year won’t be any different. Here are some of the more popular team props for you to consider if you want to walk away from the big day with a few extra bucks in your pocket.
The New England Patriots team total has been set at 30.5 while the Rams is sitting at 27.5. The Patriots averaged 27.2 points per game during the regular season and they have scored 39 points per game in their two playoff games so far. Meanwhile, the Rams recorded an average of 32.9 points per game during the regular season and 28 points per game in their playoff run.
In New England’s past Super Bowl appearances from their Super Bowl XXXVI win over the Rams up to last year’s loss versus Philly, the Pats have scored an average of 26.4 points per game. This would all seem to suggest that the Patriots will fall short of their projected game total. The Rams giving up 24 points per game during the regular season might strengthen that bet. On the flip side, the Patriots allowed just 20.3 points against per game which makes the Under 27.5 points a good bet.
We are almost certainly going to see a few touchdowns. But, how many will each team score? The total is set at 3.5 for New England at +100 with the under 3.5 priced at -140. The oddsmakers have the Rams over 3.5 touchdowns listed at +120 while the under is -160. The Rams averaged slightly below 3.5 touchdowns per game during the season while the Patriots allowed just 2 per game. New England scored a little under 3 touchdowns per game and the Rams allowed about 2.4 touchdowns per game. Neither team jumps off the page as being a good bet to reach 4 touchdowns although the Pats are in a better position to. The Patriots do it but the Rams won’t.
Team Field Goals:
The oddsmakers have set Stephen Gostkowski’s total field goals at 1.5 at -160. Even though the Patriots averaged just over 1.5 field goals per game, the over is a solid bet. We also shouldn’t over-think Greg Zuerlein booting at least a pair at -150.
Team First Score Method:
The Oddsmakers have set the odd for Los Angeles’ first score being a TD at -130 while a safety/field goal is set at +110. The odds are set at -150 for the Patriots to open their scoring with a touchdown and +130 for their first score to be a safety or field goal. Since this is pretty much a coin toss, take the better odds with both teams getting on the board with a safety/field goal.
Team To Punt First:
Here is another one of those props that is really a 50/50 bet. The odds are set with the Rams set at -120 while the Patriots pay even money. Go with the better payout which is New England at +100.
Team To Call First Time Out:
This prop bet is for the true gambler as both teams are listed at -110 to call the first time out. One possible edge that taking Los Angeles might have is Goff is a lot younger and inexperienced than Tom Brady and the Pats meaning the Rams might be forced to take one earlier than they would like to avoid a delay of game.
Team To Commit First Accepted Penalty:
The Patriots and Rams were among the least penalized teams in the league this year so it makes sense that the Pats are listed at -115 while the Rams are at -105. It’s just that New England seems to get the calls and, with the Rams getting away with such a controversial call in the NFC Championship game, taking them to commit the first penalty might be prudent.
Team To Gain Most Passing Yards:
The over/under on Tom Brady’s passing yards is set at 310.5 while Goff’s over/under is set at 293.5. One thing that you might want to consider is the fact that the over/under props for Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson have seen their set totals drop indicating that the Rams might focus a lot more on their aerial attack. Goff’s an underdog in this spot but he has what it takes to surprise bettors. Take the Rams and the plus money to gain the most passing yards.
Team To Gain Most Rushing Yards:
The Patriots are listed as -130 favorites to gain the most rushing yards. A lot of people will point to New England allowing 4.9 yards per carry during the regular season but the Rams were worse. With Gurley’s health still a bit of an issue along with the talent that New England has in the backfield, look for the -130 to pay out.