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Super Bowl Props Betting – What Props To Check Out To Padded Your Numbers

Posted by Stan Simmons on 1/27/2012 5:52:08 PM
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Part of the online betting fun about the Super Bowl are the props, which are bets that don’t depend on the outcome of the game; think of them as a side bet that has to do with a particular aspect or play in the game. The full list of props hasn’t even been released yet as sportsbooks are gathering all the information they can before rolling out the full slate over the next week. Here is a look at a few that you can wager on right now at BetOnline.

First Penalty Of The Game

The build-up to the Super Bowl is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in your life. On the day of the game alone you’re liable to find at least three stations airing at least eight hours of pregame coverage. Even now, nine days before kickoff, there are specials on every day or night with experts giving their opinions on the Super Bowl, so how do you think the players feel? They’re revved up and ready to go and on the first series, whether you’re a veteran or a young guy up front, nerves can get the best of anyone. The NFL betting odds for a false start as the first penalty of the game is +240, while it is -300 for any other flag. If New England is first to have the ball, the +240 will be a very smart bet because their main goal is to slow down the New York front four.

First Team Penalized

Which slides in perfectly into the next NFL betting prop; which team will be penalized first? The Giants are -145 favorites to earn the first flag, while the Patriots are rated at +115, and during the regular season, New England had the fourth-fewest penalties in the league and that is one thing that head coach Bill Belichick preaches to his team: don’t beat yourself. The Giants were 14th from the bottom of the NFL in penalties, and they know they can’t afford to be penalized that much against the Patriots, especially on defense because that gives Tom Brady and company more opportunities. Again, it all depends on who gets the ball first, and if the Patriots get the ball first, they’ll take the first penalty.

First Score Of The Game

NFL betting odds have a touchdown being the first score of the game favored at -200, while a field goal or safety is rated at +160 and right now, we’re leaning towards the field goal/safety option. Again, nerves are going to be the biggest thing that players have to get over early in the game (and there will be a score early in the game, within the first seven or eight minutes). A team could drive down the field, but when it comes to third down, the play breaks down and they don’t convert. If they’re in field-goal range, there is your three points. Chances are it won’t be a safety (although the Giants did allow one during the postseason in their 24-2 win over Atlanta), so keep your eye on the kickers, New England’s Stephen Gostkowski and New York’s Lawrence Tynes.

Who Will Score First?

The Patriots are rated at -130 to put up the first points of the game, while the Giants come in at +100 and putting the first points on the board will have a very calming effect on a team; in fact, it could help both teams as the ice as been broken and now a football game can really be played. We like the Patriots, led by Gostkowski, to kick a field goal and take an early lead.

Will The First Score Win the Game?

Or maybe the Patriots won’t want to score first as another NFL betting prop for the Super Bowl asks if the team that scores first will win the game. “Yes” comes in at -170, while “No” is rated at +140. The Giants scored first in the Super Bowl upset of the Patriots four years ago, and then again when they defeated the Patriots 24-20 in New England this season. That is why it shouldn’t be surprising that the “Yes” option is favored.

Who Will Score Last?

This may be the most important prop bet you face all day because the team that scores last has a good chance of being the team to come away with the victory. The Giants are listed at -105, while the Patriots are rated at -125, but on both occasions the Giants have scored last as well as opening the scoring. The smart wager would be to lay a little on the Giants in your sports betting book.

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