10 Best Prop Bets for Super Bowl 54

Audio/Story posted January 29, 2020 in Sports, CommRadio by Ben Geller & Caleb Schweiger

Host Ben Geller and analyst Caleb Schweiger pick the best prop bets you can make for Super Bowl 54.

Sports gambling has only grown in popularity, and the Super Bowl is one of the biggest days of the year for bettors with all the crazy prop bets there are. People can bet on pretty much anything, from the length of the national anthem to the amount of yards each quarterback will have. Either way, it is important to know what the best bets are. To make that easier, here are 10 of the best prop bets you can make.

Total quarterback sacks by the 49ers defense: Over 2½ (+130)

The San Francisco 49ers have been dominant on the defensive side of the ball for the entire season, and the strength of that star-studded defense is the defensive line. Defensive rookie of the year frontrunner Nick Bosa and defensive end Dee Ford lead one of the most stout defensive units in the league. Bosa has simply racked up up sacks, recording nine on the season, and Dee Ford is in a revenge game against the Chiefs, which shipped him away last offseason after he jumped offside in last year’s AFC championship game. The spot is unbelievable here with an aggressive 49ers defense and the revenge factor, which means that there is a great chance for San Francisco to record more than 2½ sacks.  —Ben Geller

George Kittle yardage total: Under 70.5

San Francisco reached a 13-3 regular season record by dominating its opponents with ground-and-pound rushing. Behind a strong offensive line and four very talented running backs, do not expect the 49ers to go to the air too much in this game. Expect a few more passes than usual for the beastly tight end George Kittle, but there won’t be enough for him to hit over 70.5 yards.  —Caleb Schweiger

Super Bowl MVP: Raheem Mostert (+700)

Coach Kyle Shanahan continues to feed the hot hand out of the backfield, and Raheem Mostert is on fire. He is coming off a performance in the NFC championship game against the Packers in which he rushed 29 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns. Considering that the 49ers only threw the ball eight times in that game, a San Francisco Super Bowl win will most likely result in Mostert being named MVP. The only way he doesn’t get the MVP is if the Chiefs win or if someone on the defense has an unbelievable performance.  —Ben Geller

Raheem Mostert touchdowns: Over 2

As well as know by now, San Francisco’s key factor on offense has been its rushing game, as Mostert had four touchdowns last week. On top of this, Kansas City has the 25th-ranked rush defense. We have a team that struggles against the run versus a back who just ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns against a similar Green Bay defense. All signs point to a big game for Mostert that will most likely include two touchdowns.  —Caleb Schweiger

The first team penalized for holding: Kansas City (-135)

The 49ers have one of the best defensive lines in the league, so the Chiefs will most likely be called for a holding penalty early before they get used to the constant pressure coming from San Francisco. The 49ers get called for very few penalties overall, and the Chiefs will need to hold occasionally in order to give Patrick Mahomes time to throw. The aggressive Niners defense makes this bet easy to place.  —Ben Geller

Travis Kelce gets at least six receptions: Over (-155)

The Chiefs offense is nearly the opposite of the 49ers. This is an offense that runs on Patrick Mahomes finding his tight end Travis Kelce for typical 7- to 12-yard gains. The 49ers have a very good pass defense, but Kelce is a tough tight end that seems to always find ways to get open and get receptions. He seems like a shoo-in to haul in at least six catches.  —Caleb Schweiger

Patrick Mahomes interceptions thrown: Over 0.5

Mahomes is a gunslinger to his core. He takes deep shots downfield very often, and he also seems to put passes in seemingly impossible places, just barely avoiding the hands of defenders. With that being said, the 24-year-old has yet to play on a stage as big as the Super Bowl. Due to his lack of inexperience, nerves will most definitely play a factor early on. It is doubtful that this will affect the style in which he plays, but it seems likely that nerves will get to him at least once, as he misses his spot on a pass leading to a San Francisco pick.  —Caleb Schweiger

Patrick Mahomes touchdowns: Over 2.5

Mahomes has thrown for eight touchdowns in just two playoff games this year. On top of that, the rushing game has struggled with Damien Williams averaging only 3.2 yards per carry this postseason. All signs point to another big touchdown game for one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.  —Caleb Schweiger

Will Demi Lovato forget or omit a word from the national anthem? No (-650)

This is an easy win, as Christina Aguilera was the last singer to forget the words to the national anthem, and that was all the way back during Super Bowl 45. Demi Lovato is a well-known singer who has generated many hit songs, which means the likelihood of her forgetting a word is close to none. This is one of the more fun prop bets to make, and it is very likely to hit considering the history behind it.  —Ben Geller

Amount of times that the Patriots 28-3 comeback is mentioned: Over 0.5

In another unorthodox prop bet, the over is likely to hit because of coach Kyle Shanahan’s history as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51, in which they blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots. If the 49ers get a lead at any point of the game, it is likely that the commentators will mention this historical comeback. Even San Francisco doesn’t get a lead, the commentators will most likely mention that the Chiefs cannot do what the Falcons did.  Either way, the over wins because the comeback stat only has to be mentioned once.  —Ben Geller

 

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Ben Geller is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email bjg5666@psu.edu.

Caleb Schweiger is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email cxs1943@psu.edu.