Super Bowl 54 kicks off on Sunday from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, and according to the latest estimates, Americans are expected to bet nearly $7 billion on the big game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The majority of that massive amount will stem from straight up wagers on the winner, but thanks to innovate bookmakers like the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas and online sportsbook Bovada, prop bets will also generate a significant windfall.
Short for “proposition,” a prop bet asks whether or not an outcome will occur at some point during the Super Sunday festivities. Prop bets have become increasingly popular among bettors because, rather than limiting the “sweat” to a final score, these wagers allow for action to occur before, during, and even after the game is over.
To wit, online sportsbook Bovada is currently spreading nearly 100 special prop bets that focus solely on off-field action. That means everything from the national anthem performance to the pregame “Puppy Bowl,” and even President Trump’s tendency to hit Twitter, is up for grabs.
You can catch up on all of the off-field prop bets for Super Bowl 54 here. Once you’ve acquainted yourself with those odds, bring it back here to find out everything bettors need to know about the biggest and best on-field prop bets.
Pat Mahomes is “Mr. MVP” and Massive Favorite for Passing Props
In just his second year as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback, Patrick Mahomes has simply revolutionized pro football’s most important position.
After winning the regular season’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in what was essentially his rookie year – and bringing Kansas City to an AFC Championship game appearance in the process – Mahomes has outdone himself in Year 2. Despite an agonizing end to 2018 thanks to the overtime heroics of Tom Brady and the eventual champion New England Patriots, Mahomes returned this season with a shot at redemption in his sights.
And befitting a QB who boasts such stellar accuracy, Mahomes redeemed himself in fine fashion by carrying the Chiefs to the franchise’s first Super Bowl berth in 50 years.
Accordingly, the man responsible for “The Run” – an instant classic from the Divisional Round which might just be the most exhilarating play of the postseason thus far – is a major favorite to add Super Bowl MVP honors to his mantle. Priced at (+115) to become the big game’s MVP, Mahomes has 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (+275) by more than double.
If you’re a believer in Mahomes’ MVP chances, why not take a flier on the dual threat’s ability to surpass fellow stars from other sports?
Bovada has two interesting props that blend Super Bowl betting with pro basketball and hockey, starting with a one-on-one matchup between Mahomes and sniper Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Chiefs’ leader is (-120) to throw more touchdown passes than Crosby has shots on goal during Super Sunday action. And the same (-120) vs. (-120) odds are posted for Mahomes’ rushing yards total vs. the points scored by Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns on February 2.
Raheem Mostert Offers Significant Value on Stat-Based Props
Mahomes may have eight TD tosses to zero interceptions in two playoff wins this year, but it was San Francisco running back Raheem Mostert who stole the show two Sundays ago. Mostert notched four rushing scores in the Niners’ 37-20 win over the Packers in the NFC Championship game, all while Garoppolo finished with a paltry 6 for 8 and 77 yards passing.
Despite that glaring disparity, the odds on San Francisco’s first six-point play of the game are split evenly at (-115) for a passing touchdown vs. “any other touchdown.”
As for Mostert himself, the castoff cut from six NFL teams before landing by the Bay is listed at (+425) to match his most recent output by scoring TDs in both the first and second halves.
Mostert is also a huge (-475) / (-240) fave to gain more yards on the ground than Mahomes (+320) or Chiefs running back Damien Williams (+175), respectively.