Even if you don't fancy yourself a "betting man (or woman)" odds are you may have peeked at some Super Bowl prop bets in the last few days. The options range from choices like, "who will score the game's last TD" to "will Lebron James score more points on Sunday than the 49ers." Add these to your traditional wagering options (point spread, over/under) and the possibilities for betting are endless. It's a great way to take a break from the constant cycle of the daily Ray Lewis coverage followed by the "Ray Lewis gets too much coverage" coverage.
Note: All spreads and totals are taken from sportsbetting.ag
Favorite Prop Bets
Who will have more rushing yards-- Bernard Pierce -115 (-5.5 yards) vs LaMichael James (-115)
Bernard Pierce (TOP PICK)
This one is simple: James is the 3rd rushing option for the 49ers, while Pierce serves as the 2nd for the Ravens. James has gotten 8 carries in this year's playoffs for just 55 yards while Pierce has totaled 27 for 169 yards. Pierce locks this one up fairly easily as his role in the Baltimore backfield has become fairly large. Just to be clear, as long as Pierce rushes for 6 more yards than James, you're a winner. This is my top play for SB47.
Total Tackles (solo+assist):
Ray Lewis OVER 11.5 (TOP PICK)
Whether or not you still think he is a top-flight linebacker, there is no denying that Lewis still picks up tackles in bunches. Yes he makes his fair share of solo stops but no one is better at finding a gang tackle or a ball carrier who is on his way down. It also helps that the official scorer tends to be very generous in awarding tackles (the league's least respected stat in my opinion), especially when it comes to Lewis. Can't imagine him not exceeding this total in his 249th and final career game.
First Kickoff is a Touchback
Yes (-170) (TOP PICK)
Yes you are nearly forced to lay 2-to-1 odds, but don't let that deter you. Both Akers and Tucker have very strong legs. Tucker had plenty of touchbacks this season including going 8-for-16 in this year's playoffs (not bad considering the games were played in Baltimore, Denver and New England) and was 3-4 in only indoor game this year (@ Houston) . And while Akers has been a disaster this season in terms of hitting field goals, he too went 5-for-5 on touchbacks in his most recent domed game---the NFC title game win over Atlanta.
Player to score game's first touchdown:
Anquan Boldin (+1000)
Ed Dickson (+4475)
Randy Moss (+1950)
Delanie Walker (+2500)
Outside of Boldin, these are probably not the guys that you'd expect to score the game's first TD. With longer odds than some of the more notable options (Kaepernick, Rice, V. Davis) these choices offer a good return on whatever you put in. Both Moss and Walker are solid red zone options for SF and the same goes for Boldin and to an extent, Dickson. As the Ravens 2nd TE, you would be pinning your wager on the hope that Flacco finds a wide open Dickson off of a goal line PA pass. The long odds make it worth a look.