The New England Patriots have been installed as (-3) favorites over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53 for Sunday, but bettors have Super Bowl 2019 props along with that point spread to consider this week.
Online sportsbook Bovada has hundreds of Super Bowl 2019 props for the big game on offer, ranging from the pregame coin toss to what meal the eventual victors will be served at the White House. We’ll cover the non-football special props later on this week, but for now, check out the various player- and team-specific prop bets for on-field action at Super Bowl 53.
All eyes are on Tom Brady this week, as the 41-year old Patriots quarterback prepares to play in his ninth Super Bowl. That extends his own NFL record, as will a vintage Brady performance that produces a fifth MVP trophy.
Brady is listed as the (+125) favorite to claim a fifth Super Bowl MVP, which would mark his third in the last five years. Jared Goff, his counterpart under center for the Rams, is next up at (+250), making him the only other player on the board offering better than 10 to 1.
Running backs Todd Gurley (+1000) and C.J. Anderson (+1600) of L.A. bookend New England RB Sony Michel (+1200) to lead the non-quarterback offensive contributors.
But while quarterbacks and running backs have indeed dominated the MVP proceedings historically – taking 36 of the 52 awards overall – defensive standouts Von Miller (SB 50) and Malcolm Smith (SB 48) won two of the last five.
On that note, Rams pass rush extraordinaire Aaron Donald could be a value pick at (+1800) – provided he does what nobody else has this postseason by sacking Brady.
Other longshots for MVP offering tremendous value include Brady’s pass-catching safety nets Julian Edelman (+2000) and Rob Gronkowski (+3000), or Rams wideout Brandin Cooks (+4000) – who has put up a gaudy 11 catches on 14 targets for 172 yards in two playoff wins.
If Cooks does manage a surprising MVP win, he’ll need Goff to sling it like he has during the season’s many high points. Goff has tossed for more than 300 yards on seven occasions – including a brilliant 465-yard show with five touchdowns and no interceptions in a Week 4 win over Minnesota – but he’s also had seven games with fewer than 240 yards passing.
Fittingly enough, Goff is favored to throw the Super Bowl’s first interception at (-130) to (EVEN) for Brady. Conversely, Brady holds the (-130) to (EVEN) edge in terms of first touchdown pass thrown.
Rams punter Johnny Hekker has showed a heck of an arm all season while spearheading L.A.’s explosive trick plays on special teams.
The seven-year pro went 3 for 5 on fake punt passes this season, including a crucial conversion last Sunday against the Saints when L.A. was on life support.
So it’s no surprise to see Bovada offering a special prop on the Rams punter to throw a pass, with Hekker tabbed at (+400) for “Yes” and (-600) for “No.”
Another fun prop asks whether or not a safety will be scored at any point during the game. The original two-point play is definitely a rarity – hence the (+550) on “Yes” versus (-900) on “No” gulf – but the Super Bowl safety bet has turned a winner in four of the last 10 years.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos infamously saw their first offensive play result in a botched snap into the end zone and a 2-0 deficit against the Seahawks in Super Bowl 48. And even Brady himself succumbed to an intentional grounding from the end zone to spot Eli Manning and the Giants two points in Super Bowl 46.
Safety scores aside, the real points will be put up by breaking the plane, so its not exactly a shock to see so many touchdown-based props.
You can nab each team’s RB, Michel and Gurley, at (+500) and (+600) respectively to score the game’s first rushing or receiving touchdown.
As for the “Anytime TD Scorer” race, Michel – who only scored six rushing or receiving TDs in the regular season but has five in the playoffs – leads the way at (-225).
Regular season touchdown leader Gurley and his 17 scores earn the second-best Anytime TD odds at (-200), while Anderson – his new partner in the Rams backfield after L.A. coach Sean McVay recently adjusted the rushing rotation – is next at (-150) on the Super Bowl 2019 props.