Super Bowl Prop Bets: Popular Props, Sharp Bets, & More

A complete guide to Super Bowl prop betting, including our printable party props sheet! Learn about types of props, tips, advice and more!

Last Updated: Feb 7, 2021 8:34 AM ET

Leading up to Super Bowl IV, bettors had thousands of prop markets to add to their Super Bowl betting experience.

Sharps and professionals attacked the prop markets in the week leading up to Super Sunday and Patrick Everson analyzed the movement in his popular props report below. 

Our advice for Super Bowl prop betting: create your narrative for how the game will play out, shop around for the best odds, and, most importantly, have fun.

Most Popular Prop Bets

SUNDAY, FEB 7: People love having a decision, and more so getting paid, early on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s why they tend to love the coin-toss props so much. But they also enjoy props decided early in the game, on the field.

One of the most popular props in that realm: Player to score the first touchdown. At PointsBet USA, Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans (+1,050) leads the ticket count at 15 percent, followed by Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, the +550 favorite, at 12 percent. Those two are the only players to crack double digits in ticket percentage.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes (+2,000) is taking the third-most tickets, at 9 percent, followed by teammate Tyreek Hill (+600) and Tampa Bay tight end Rob Gronkowski (+1,600) at 6 percent.

Another early-game prop getting attention at PointsBet USA is on the outcome of the first drive. Sixty-six percent of tickets are on field-goal attempt (+450), followed by 22 percent on turnover (+750), 8 percent on touchdown (+190), and 3 percent on punt, despite punt being a -125 favorite.

The prop of coin-toss result, despite being the very definition of a 50/50 proposition, is seeing 58 percent of tickets on tails at PointsBet USA.

And what’s the Super Bowl without a Gatorade prop, right? On the color of the Gatorade bath, PointsBet is seeing 22 percent of tickets on yellow/green (+400), but opinions are quite widespread. Red (+250) is drawing 18 percent of bets, clear (+700) 17 percent, blue (+900) 16 percent, and the +125 favorite orange is getting 15 percent of tickets.

Player props

Player props are available for all NFL games but these markets are massive for a high-profile event like the Super Bowl, allowing multiple ways to wager on the performance of just about every player on the field. At some sportsbooks, Super Bowl player props are more popular for bettors than the traditional betting markets.

Player Over/Under props

Player Over/Under props are totals set around key stats for certain players and positions, like betting on a quarterback's total number of passing yards or a receiver’s total number of catches. Oddsmakers will release an Over/Under total for those player stats and bettors can wager on if that player will go Over or Under those performance totals during the game.

Passing yards Over/Under

Player Result Closing total Opening total
Patrick Mahomes (KC) Under 337.5 332.5 
Tom Brady (TB) Under 298.5 301.5

Rushing yards Over/Under

Player Result Closing total Opening total
Leonard Fournette (TB) Over 48.5 49.5 
Ronald Jones II (TB) Over 35.5 35.5
Darrel Williams (KC) Under 26.5  34.5 
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) Over 28.5 27.5
Patrick Mahomes (KC) Over 22.5 18.5 
Tom Brady (TB) Under 0.5 0.5 

Receiving yards Over/Under

Player Result Closing total Opening total
Tyreek Hill (KC) Under 94.5 89.5 
Travis Kelce (KC) Over 97.5 97.5 
Mecole Hardman (KC) Under 27.5 26.5
Sammy Watkins (KC) Under 36.5 37.5
Darrel Williams (KC) Under 12.5 13.5 
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) Over 15.5 15.5
Mike Evans (TB) Under 60.5  63.5 
Chris Godwin (TB) Under 72.5 74.5 
Antonio Brown (TB) Under 42.5 41.5
Rob Gronkowski (TB) Over 28.5  27.5 
Leonard Fournette (TB) Over 26.5 23.5 

Touchdown scorers props

Touchdown props for Super Bowl LV hit the odds boards less than 12 hours after the completion of the conference championship games. Here are the opening lines:

Player First Touchdown Last Touchdown Anytime
Travis Kelce (KC) +650 +650 -163
Tyreek Hill (KC) +650 +650 -163
Chris Godwin (TB) +1,000 +1,000 +105
Leonard Fournette (TB) +1,000 +1,000 +105
Mike Evans (TB) +1,000 +1,000 +105
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) +1,100 +1,100 +120
Darrel Williams (KC) +1,100 +1,100 +125
Rob Gronkowski (TB) +1,400 +1,400 +175
Antonio Brown (TB) +1,400 +1,400 +160
Ronald Jones II (TB) +1,400 +1,400 +175
Patrick Mahomes (KC) +1,600 +1600 +200
Tom Brady (TB) +2,800 +2,800 +400

Super Bowl MVP prop bet

Betting on who will win Super Bowl MVP is one of the most popular and simple player props on Super Sunday. Skill positions and star players are normally among the favorites, including the starting quarterbacks for both teams. 

Be careful when taking longshots here, however, as a quarterback has won MVP in 30 of the 54 Super Bowls. 

Player Closing Super Bowl 55 MVP Odds
Patrick Mahomes -120
Tom Brady +187
Tyreek Hill +1,000
Travis Kelce +1,000
Tyrann Mathieu +2,500

Game props

Game props are based on stats or occurrences happening throughout the game, such as the result of the opening kickoff, what the first play of the game will be, or Over/Under the total amount of turnovers by both teams.

Here are a few of the more popular odds for Super Bowl LV game props. 

First offensive play 

Selection Odds
Pass +100
Rush  -138

First scoring play

Selection Odds
Field goal +170
Touchdown  -240
Any other score +4,500

Number of accepted penalties

Selection Odds
Over 10.5  -138
Under 10.5 +100

Team props

Team props are simply bets based on the performance of only one of the team teams. These can be useful if you have a good feeling as to how one team will perform in the game but aren't so certain about the other. Popular team props include the Over/Under for how many points each team will score or which team will commit the first penalty. 

Kansas City Chiefs total points

Selection Odds
Over 29.5 -125
Under 29.5 -110

Tampa Bay Buccaneers total points

Selection Odds
Over 26.5 -120
Under 26.5 -120

Team to commit first accepted penalty

Selection Odds
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -120
Kansas City Chiefs -120

Exotic props

Exotic Super Bowl props are a favorite with all fans, allowing you to bet not just on the game but the event that is Super Bowl Sunday. Exotic props are often not graded by what’s in the box score or even what happens on the football field.

However, while Super Bowl exotic props are extremely popular, they’re not available in all regions. Online-based sportsbooks will offer the largest – and wildest – menu of exotics while books regulated state-by-state may be limited or prohibited to offer these kinds of markets.

National anthem

Before the ball is even snapped, you can bet on the national anthem Super Bowl prop. The most popular way to wager on the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the length.

Sportsbooks post an Over/Under length for the time it will take the singer to sing the national anthem and you can bet on whether the singer will go Over or Under that time during their performance. For example, the Over/Under for R&B star Jazmine Sullivan and country star Eric Church to sing the Super Bowl LV national anthem. is set at 2:00. 

Selection Odds
Over 2:01  OTB
Under 2:01 OTB

The coin toss

Betting on the Super Bowl coin toss is a hugely popular prop and is offered at every sportsbook during the Big Game. The most common way to bet the coin toss is simply picking which side is the winning side of the flip: Head or Tails?

There’s not much handicapping or research you can do for this prop pick, as a coin toss has a 50/50 chance of landing on your side of choice.

Selection Odds
Heads -110
Tails -110

Halftime show props

Just because the action on the field is taking a break, doesn’t mean prop betting has to. The Super Bowl halftime show has spawned a massive menu of exotic prop options over the years, with online sportsbooks having a lot of fun with the featured performers.

The Weeknd will headline the Super Bowl LV halftime show and if you have a good feeling about which song he'll perform first or who the special guests might be, chances are you can bet on it. 

Selection Odds
Starboy -300
Call out my name +300
Can't Feel My Face +900

The Gatorade bath

A Super Bowl tradition is also one of its most popular exotic props, with online sportsbooks offering odds on the color of the Gatorade bath given to the winning coach of the Super Bowl.

Orange has been the most popular color over the years, but what will it be this year? 

Selection Odds
Orange +125
Red/Pink +220
Clear +305
Yellow/Green/Lime +260
Blue +505
Purple +730

Other/Exotic props

Exotic Super Bowl props are only limited by the imagination of online oddsmakers. These wild and fun-loving markets have exploded over the past decade, covering everything from those infamous Super Bowl commercials to who the MVP will thank first.

Some of the most notorious Super Bowl exotics include:

  • Will the game announcers reference the Super Bowl point spread?
  • Which brand will air the first commercial?
  • How many times will Gisele Bundchen be shown on camera?
  • Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first: team, family, fans, God?

Tips for betting Super Bowl props

While Super Bowl props can be a lot of fun to bet, you should have a strategy and follow these tips to make sure you end up in the Big Game black:

Money Icon Build a narrative

Chances are if you’re betting Super Bowl props, you likely have a wager on the point spread or total. Use those wagers to build a narrative around how you see the game playing out and what each team has to do to get to that projected result.

Avoid Contradictions Avoid contradictions

With so many Super Bowl bets available, it’s easy to get your action tangled up. Make sure you’re not betting against yourself by contradicting previous wagers. If you like the Over, don’t bet on the Under when it comes to scoring or passing props. If you like the underdog to cover the spread, don’t bet on the favorite to go Over their yardage props.

Line Movement Mind the movement

Betting on props was long considered a “square” market for many years. However, with the rapid expansion in prop offerings as well as the explosion in advanced analytics, more and more sharp bettors and professional gamblers are flocking to the opening prop odds.

If you’re trying to get the best of the numbers, pay attention to the early prop odds movement in the 12 to 24 hours after sportsbooks release these markets. Bookmakers will adjust quickly to these early sharp opinions. If you’re waiting until Super Sunday to get your prop bets down, you’re likely to get the worst of the number.

Look Beyond Shop for props

Sportsbooks up their available prop markets every February with more and more Big Game betting options. Plenty of these props are the same, in terms of format, but the totals and juice/vig attached to them can vary from book to book. If you have multiple sportsbooks available to you, don’t be afraid to shop around for the best return on your prop betting opinions.

When are Super Bowl prop bets released?

Super Bowl prop bets are slowly released in the two-week ramp up to the Big Game. Some basic props and exotics will hit the board in the first 24 hours after the AFC and NFC champions are crowned while the bulk of the props will open after the bye weekend. There are thousands of Super Bowl props available by the Thursday before the game.

When do Super Bowl prop bets get paid out?

Depending on what they’re based on, Super Bowl prop bets can be graded and paid out either throughout the game or at the end of the game. The timing and promptness of payouts for Super Bowl bets depend on the sportsbook.

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