Super Bowl XLIX Prop Bets

Super Bowl XLIX Prop Bets

It’s that time of year again, when Vegas unveils a litany of tempting and strange prop bets to help make the monotonous lead-up to the Super Bowl go down smoother. Anything to distract attention from the growing hilarity surrounding deflated balls is worthy of discussion. Especially when it involves Katy Perry’s hair color during the halftime show and what type of hoodie Bill Belichick will be wearing at kickoff. Of course, fans of the conventional can always wager on how many receptions Rob Gronkowski will total, or whether or not Russell Wilson will rush for a touchdown. But c’mon, where’s the fun in that? Here are some ordinary and not so ordinary prop bets for Super Bowl XLIX.

What will Tom Brady do first:

THROW A TD        -190

THROW AN INT     +155

Depends on how much the ball is inflated. Right? Ugh. Nine touchdowns against two picks in five Big Game appearances means a TD is more likely. Then again, he’s never faced a secondary as dangerous as the Legion of Boom.

Number of Julian Edelman receptions:

OVER/UNDER         6.5

He’s caught at least seven balls in seven of his last eight starts. Brady will need him on third downs, but Byron Maxwell has been excellent matching up on slot receivers, so finding room to operate won’t be easy.

Total points – Stephen Gostkowski:

OVER/UNDER         8.5

Interesting. Obviously, the ‘Hawks don’t yield many touchdowns. But the Pats can move the ball on pretty much anyone, and therefore get in field goal range. For what it’s worth, Gostkowski netted 11 points in the 2012 meeting.

Total passing yards – Russell Wilson:

OVER/UNDER         219.5

Shrewd number, Vegas. Wilson averaged 217 yards during the regular season. In seven career postseason games, he’s been under 219 five times.

Longest reception – Jermaine Kearse:

OVER/UNDER            22.5

Kearse is a big play guy, just ask the Packers. Wilson will take at least two or three shots to him. However, it wouldn’t be surprising in the least if Darrelle Revis was tasked to shadow him the entire game.

Total tackles & Assists – Kam Chancellor:

OVER/UNDER                6.5

The less the Pats see of Chancellor, the better the chance they have to win. This guy is a beast in the box, so attacking him in space with Gronk and maybe Shane Vereen could be a strategy. He’s finished with more than 6.5 stops only three times during the regular season and playoffs.

What will be higher:

Tiger Woods Day 1 score at The Masters             +120

Julian Edelman receiving yards                     -150

Edelman averaged 69.4 yards per game in the regular season. Is Tiger still capable of shooting a 69 at Augusta?

What color will Belichick’s hoodie be:

GREY        -200

BLUE        +175

RED          +700

Perhaps he’ll go with red after enduring two weeks of embarrassing queries about inflated balls. One can hope.

Who will be shown more on TV during the game:

Robert Kraft         -200

Paul Allen             +150

Hell, Kraft is shown at least two times even when the Patriots aren’t in the Super Bowl. Besides, Kraft always has fetching arm candy to ogle.