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Here are Some Super Bowl Prop Bets Worth Considering

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Feb 10, 2022 12:02Tim Ronaldson

Even before the Super Bowl kicks off this Sunday evening, millions of legal sports bets placed around the world will be decided. That’s because one of the most popular prop bets is traditionally the outcome of the opening coin toss.

Yep, millions of legal sports bets are placed every year on which team wins the coin toss and what the winning team decides to do once they’ve won that toss.

The Super Bowl is historically one of the most bet-on sporting events in the world. And with sports betting legal in many states in America, the legal handle is expected to set new records this year.

At least a decent amount of that betting action is likely to be on prop bets, which are alternative wagers placed on events such as the outcome of the coin toss or how many yards a specific player will gain.

Here are some of those prop bets that sports bettors might consider.

Deferring the Coin Toss

The team that wins the coin toss always had the option to either receive the opening kickoff or start the game on defense. In 2008, though, the NFL added another option — deferring and letting the other team make that choice.

Before the rule change was implemented, teams nearly always chose to receive the kickoff. But once deferring became an option, the tables completely turned.

Since 2018, 92% of teams that win the coin toss decide to defer. And since 2008, 12 of the 13 winners of the coin flip in the Super Bowl have deferred.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has deferred on every single coin toss his team has won in his tenure — 48 total times. His opponent, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, has deferred 26 of the 27 total times his team has won the toss.

It’s all but a foregone conclusion that the team that wins the coin toss will choose to defer. That’s why sports bettors might just ignore the high odds of -500 and take what might be an automatic win.

Tee Higgins Over 5.5 Receptions

At most sportsbooks, the odds are +105, so that’s beneficial if you want to take the over.

Including all playoff games that Higgins has played this year, he has received at least seven targets in 10 games. In eight of those 10 games, Higgins has come down with at least six receptions. That’s a pretty high percentage.

The game is also expected to be high scoring, with an over/under line of 48.5. In other words, you should expect there to be a lot of passes throw in the game.

Under 24.5 Points in the First Half

Many sportsbooks currently have this posted with odds around -150, and for good reason. There’s a high likelihood that less than 25 points are scored in the first half.

Since the turn of the century, 12 of the 21 Super Bowls that have been played have resulted in a total score of less than 24 in the first half. Three others have finished exactly at 24 points.

Super Bowls are typically played close to the vest in the first half, with both teams opening up the floodgates in the second half.

If you look at the team-specific history this year, 14 of the Rams’ 20 games this year had 24 or fewer points scored in the first half. For the Bengals, 11 of their 20 games had 24 or fewer points scored in the first half.

In the six combined games these teams have played this postseason, four have had 24 or fewer points.

If you’re looking for some fun prop bets to place on the Super Bowl this Sunday, the above are just a few you might consider.

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