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A Guide to the Best Super Bowl Prop Bets

What are some good prop bets for the Super Bowl?

A Guide to the Best Super Bowl Prop Bets

Super Bowl LVI is fast approaching, which means you need to brush up on how to bet on the Super Bowl and hone your strategy. Any good strategy will combine the gung-ho instincts of your gut with the logic of in-depth research to choose the much-awaited Super Bowl LVI champion, but why stop there?

Even if your New York Giants or Denver Broncos aren’t playing this year, the Super Bowl provides plenty of opportunities to bet beyond merely naming a winner and loser. That’s right. It’s time for prop bets.

Prop bets on the Super Bowl cover a wide array of topics and possibilities, so much so that they can seem overwhelming. But fear not—we’ve got you covered. This guide will go over the best Super Bowl prop bets and leave you with some tips to help you bask in the glory of the Super Bowl champions come Super Bowl Sunday.

What Are Prop Bets?

Before diving into the best Super Bowl prop bets, it’s worth going over what a Super Bowl prop bet actually is. Short for proposition bets, these bets are so named because you’re betting on whether or not something will happen (the proposition of it happening). So, instead of betting on the full outcome of the Super Bowl Sunday game, you’re betting on smaller things that may happen during the course of play (or, in some cases, outside of the course of play).
Best Prop Bets

Now that the term is defined, it’s time to look at some of the best prop bets to consider waging. These can be broken down into three main categories:

  • Player props
  • Team props
  • Entertainment props

Betting strategies will vary based on the type of props you gravitate towards so it’s worth looking at each group separately.

Player Props

The first category of prop bets is the player prop. For these, you’re betting on what certain players will do throughout the game. That means you might bet on whether a player will score a TD, whether they’ll get a certain number of yards, or even whether they’ll touch the ball at all.

While the full extent of player props available will only be known right before the game, there are some player props that you can start strategizing about in the regular season before the Super Bowl teams are set.

MVP

Every Super Bowl has an MVP. Once the teams are set, try to determine which player you think will have the most impact during the big game. Since this is a bet with many possibilities, you may be able to find decent Super Bowl odds for your pick. Some things to keep in mind for the big game:

  • Winners win, losers don’t – Do you know how many MVPs have come from teams that lost the Super Bowl? One. Chuck Howley of the Dallas Cowboys (who lost to the Colts). In Super Bowl 5 (this year’s game is #56). In 1971. Losers don’t often win the Super Bowl MVP award, so it’s best strategy to pick an all-star from the team you think will win the game.
  • MVP = QB – The MVP has been awarded 55 times. 31 of those 55 times it has gone to a QB. You may get good Super Bowl odds on a non-QB MVP pick, but you’re not likely to be cashing in at the end.
  • Don’t get defensive – Defense and special teams may win titles, but they don’t win MVPs. The award has gone to an offensive player 45 of the 55 times it has been awarded. As such, your best bet is to stick to the offense when choosing your MVP.

First Touchdown Scored

In this bet, you try to decide which player will score the first touchdown of the game. And unlike the MVP, this isn’t dominated by quarterbacks—it’ll most likely be the person who actually has the ball in the end zone, not the player who threw it. With that in mind, here are a couple of tips:

  • Think fantasy – Avid fantasy players will be able to tell you the positions that typically score first are Wide Receiver, Running Back, and Tight End (in that order). That still leaves plenty of options, but it should give you a good place to start.
  • Think team – Before looking at individual players, try to figure out which team you think is most likely to score first. You can choose players from both teams as a way to hedge, but following your predicted narrative can be a smart betting strategy.

Team Props

Once you decide on your predicted narrative for the game, team props are a good way to cash in on it. You can bet on which team scores first (an easier version of the player prop) or which team will have the first turnover.

Look into team tendencies and decide how you think the game will go. Just don’t overleverage yourself on one team or you may be setting yourself up for big losses by the time the final whistle blows.

Entertainment Props

The Super Bowl is more than just football. These prop bets reflect that. There’s no real strategy to be had around these bets, so be conservative in your wagers. These are just for fun. Most legal sportsbooks do not accept entertainment props, however, if they are offered, there is usually a dollar limit as to how much you can bet. Some examples of entertainment props you may enjoy:

  • What color will the Gatorade bath be?
  • Will the opening coin toss land on heads or tails?
  • What special guests will appear during the halftime show?
  • How long will the national anthem last?

Parlaying Prop Bets

A parlay is when you combine multiple bets to boost your odds and your potential payday. When it comes to prop bets, what is and isn’t available for parlays can vary depending on the sportsbook.

If you do parlay your props, remember that even if just one aspect of the bet is wrong, you lose. So, think carefully about how you’re combining your bets and whether the combination is truly worthwhile.

Find Your Props at Tipico

At Tipico, we’ve got all of your Super Bowl betting needs covered. From prop bets to live betting, you can find a payday at every angle. And with our easy deposits and fast payouts, we offer the most convenient way to place your bets. Now it’s just up to you to decide the real question: Who ya got?

Sources:
The Sports Geek. Super Bowl Betting Guide (2022). https://www.thesportsgeek.com/sports-betting/super-bowl/
Sporting News. 10 worst Super Bowl MVP whiffs. https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/features/10-worst-super-bowl-mvp-whiffs
The Washington Post. How the Super Bowl MVP is chosen. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/02/07/how-super-bowl-mvp-chosen/
Sporting News. Super Bowl MVP winners: Who has won the award most in NFL history? https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/super-bowl-mvp-winners/qiv51rk0g89a1p071oxit7vxa
StatMuse. Wide receivers scored the most total touchdowns this season, with 550 touchdowns. https://www.statmuse.com/nfl/ask/what-position-has-the-most-touchdowns-this-year-nfl
PicksWise. Super Bowl Prop Bets 2022. https://www.pickswise.com/nfl/super-bowl/prop-bets/
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