Super Bowl LV is less than a week away. The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs will be representing the American Football Conference against the National Football Conference champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The National Football League finale kicks off this Sun., Feb. 7 at 6:40 p.m. ET. Currently most sportsbooks including those in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have the Chiefs either a 3- or 3.5-point favorite.
That said, as happens every year Super Bowl bettors will be wagering on many other events besides who wins the game or covers the spread. As usual the sportsbooks are offering a variety of proposition bets on Sunday’s big game, including lots of unusual ones.
While New York has yet to introduce online sportsbooks, there are plenty in nearby Pennsylvania and New Jersey offering a number of fun SB LV props.
DraftKings: Coin toss bets, Fat Man TDs, and the Doink Special
Starting with the “Novelty props” category, the DraftKings sportsbook is offering multiple ways to bet on the coin toss:
- Coin Toss Outcome: Heads (-103) / Tails (-103)
- Coin Toss Winner: TB (-106) / KC (-106)
- Player to correctly call coin toss: Yes (-106) / No (-106)
You can even bet on whether or not the team winning the toss also wins the game. There the odds skew a bit, with favorite KC understandably getting shorter odds than underdog TB, regardless of who wins the toss.
DraftKings has other fun ones, too. Bettors can wager on a “Fat Man TD” (that is, whether or not a lineman scores). They can bet the “Doink Special” (whether or not a field goal or extra point attempt hits the uprights or crossbar). Or they can wager on a variety of other “SB Specials” including several concerning coaches’ challenges.
FanDuel: QB kneels, safeties, and 6+ TD explosions
DraftKings has dozens of player and team props available as well, as does FanDuel.
There are all of the usual quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and defense props (and then some). Looking beyond typical ones like “most passing yards” and “player to record first sack,” here are a few of the less mainstream ones:
- Last Play of the Game to be a QB kneel: Yes -180 / No +140
- Safety During the Game: Yes +1000 / No -3000
- Any Quarter to Be Scoreless: Yes +550 / No -1000
- Distance of Longest Penalty Called: Over 15.5 Yards +120 / Under 15.5 Yards -155
- Opening Kickoff to be a Touchback: Yes -310 / No +230
- Any QB to Throw for 6+ TDs: Yes +1000 / No -3000
You can also bet on a host of penalties-related props, including whether or not the team with the most penalty yards wins the game (Yes +105 / No -135).
BetMGM: MVP candidates and Gatorade colors
Each of the online sportsbooks in NJ and PA offer player props on the Super Bowl MVP. BetMGM has several of them, including (of course) betting on the player that will receive the trophy.
The favorites aren’t too surprising, but looking beyond the first few names there may be some value hidden here:
- Patrick Mahomes +100
- Tom Brady +200
- Tyreek Hill +900
- Travis Kelce +100
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire +1400
- Leonard Fournette +2000
- Mike Evans +2000
- Mecole Hardman +2500
- LeVeon Bell +3500
- Sammy Watkins +3500
Rob Gronkowski fans might consider putting a sprinkle on +5000. That said, it seems that if Gronk were to register MVP-caliber stats, four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady would have to have had a good game, too.
At BetMGM you can also bet on whether the MVP will be a quarterback (-350) or a player playing any other position (+260).
Meanwhile for those fixated on sports drinks, you can bet on “Color of Gatorate Bath” during the traditional game-ending celebration:
- Orange +140
- Red/Pink +350
- Yellow/Green/Lime +500
- Clear/Grey/White +550
- Blue +800
- Purple/Violet/Indigo – +800
There’s good reason for orange to be the favorite. According to The Lines, orange has been the color five of the last 11 years, and that includes two years without Gatorade baths.
Orange Gatorade was what the Chiefs doused Coach Andy Reid with last year as well, which would seem relevant data for those favoring a Chiefs repeat.
William Hill: Score/Win Doubles, Kickoffs, and Betting on OT
Finally, William Hill likewise has a long menu of Super Bowl LV wagers available for bettors — more than 400, in fact.
They have all the same player props the other sportsbooks feature. Indeed, you can bet on the statistical performance of practically any position player this Sunday, if you like.
William Hill is also featuring a number of “Score/Win Double” parlay-type bets involving players and teams, such as:
- Travis Kelce to Score a Touchdown and KC to Win: +130
- Patrick Mahomes to Score a Touchdown and KC to Win: +300
- Rob Gronkowski to Score a Touchdown and TB to Win: +650
- Tom Brady to Score a Touchdown and TB to Win: +1000
You can bet on whether or not there will be overtime (Yes +700 / No -1200), something that’s only happened once in 54 previous Super Bowls.
You can bet on the total number of kickoffs (Over 12.5 -105 / Under 12.5 -115).
Or you can bet on whether the game’s longest field goal will be more or less than the total number of points (Longest FG +240 / Total points -300).
Seriously, if you can imagine it, you can probably travel to PA or NJ and bet on it.
If you do end up betting some props this Sunday, consider taking some time to compare the lines between sportsbooks. For a number of those mentioned above, there are some big differences between the sites in the odds for certain props. Shop around a little.