Coin Toss, Gatorade Bath, Doink Specials, Oh My! Sorting Through Super Bowl Props

Posted By Martin Harris on February 5, 2021 - Last Updated on February 8, 2021

In just two days, Super Bowl LV will kick off. The Kansas City Chiefs will look to become the first team in over 15 years to repeat as league champs. Standing in their way: the last man to go back to back, QB Tom Brady, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL finale gets going at 6:40 p.m. ET, as most legal sportsbooks across the country have the Chiefs either as 3- or 3.5-point favorites.

That said, as happens every year, Super Bowl bettors will wager on many events aside from who wins the game or covers the spread. As usual, sportsbooks are offering a variety of proposition bets on Sunday’s big game, including lots of unusual ones.

While New York has yet to introduce regulated online sports betting, plenty of options exist in nearby New Jersey. And many offer a number of fun Super Bowl LV props.

DraftKings: Coin toss bets, Fat Man TDs, and the Doink Special

Starting with the “novelty props” category, DraftKings Sportsbook offers multiple ways to bet on the coin toss:

  • Coin Toss Outcome: Heads -103, Tails -103
  • Coin Toss Winner: Tampa Bay -106, Kansas City -106
  • Player to correctly call coin toss: Yes -106, No -106

You can even bet on whether or not the team winning the toss also wins the game. There, the odds skew a bit, with favorite Kansas City understandably getting shorter odds than underdog Tampa Bay.

DraftKings has other fun ones, too. Bettors can wager on a Fat Man TD; that is, whether or not a lineman scores. They can bet the Doink Special (whether or not a field goal or extra point attempt hits the uprights or crossbar) or on a variety of other SB Specials, including several concerning coaches’ challenges.

FanDuel: QB kneels, safeties, and 6+ TD explosions

DraftKings features dozens of player and team props. So, too, does FanDuel Sportsbook.

There are all of the usual quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and defense props (and then some). Beyond that, here are a few of the less mainstream markets:

  • Last play of the game to be a QB kneel: Yes -180, No +140
  • Safety during the game: Yes +1000, No -3000
  • Any quarter to be scoreless: Yes +550, No -1000
  • Distance of longest penalty called (15.5 yards): Over +120, Under -155
  • Opening kickoff to be a touchback: Yes -310, No +230
  • Any QB to throw for 6+ TDs: Yes +1000, No -3000

You can also bet on a host of penalties-related props, including whether or not the team with the most penalty yards wins the game (yes +105, no -135).

BetMGM: MVP candidates and Gatorade colors

Each online sportsbook in New Jersey offers player props on the Super Bowl MVP. That, of course, includes BetMGM.

The favorites aren’t too surprising, but looking beyond the first few names there may be some value hidden here:

  • Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes +100
  • Tampa Bay QB Tom Brady +200
  • Kansas City WR Tyreek Hill +900
  • Kansas City TE Travis Kelce +100
  • Kansas City RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire +1400
  • Tampa Bay RB Leonard Fournette +2000
  • Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans +2000
  • Kansas City WR Mecole Hardman +2500
  • Kansas City RB LeVeon Bell +3500
  • Kansas City WR Sammy Watkins +3500

Rob Gronkowski fans might consider putting a sprinkle on +5000 for the Bucs tight end to lift the MVP trophy. That said, it seems if Gronk were to register MVP-caliber stats, four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady would have also had a good game. Enough, possibly, to garner the hardware himself.

At BetMGM, you can also bet on whether the MVP will be a quarterback (-350) or a player playing any other position (+260).

Meanwhile, for those fixated on sports drinks, you can bet on the color of the Gatorade bath during the traditional game-ending celebration:

  • Orange: +140
  • Red/Pink: +350
  • Yellow/Green/Lime: +500
  • Clear/Grey/White: +550
  • Blue: +800
  • Purple/Violet/Indigo: +800

There’s good reason for orange to be the favorite. According to The Lines, orange has been the color five of the last 11 years. And that includes two years without Gatorade baths.

Orange Gatorade doused Chiefs coach Andy Reid last year, which would seem relevant data for those favoring a Kansas City repeat.

William Hill: Score/Win Doubles, Kickoffs, and Betting on OT

Finally, William Hill likewise has a long menu of Super Bowl LV wagers available for bettors — more than 400, in fact.

The sportsbook offers all the same player props featured at other sportsbooks. That includes betting on the statistical performance of practically any position player this Sunday.

William Hill also offers a number of Score/Win Double parlay-type bets involving players and teams.

  • Travis Kelce to score a TD and KC to win: +130
  • Patrick Mahomes to score a TD and KC to win: +300
  • Rob Gronkowski to score a TD and TB to win: +650
  • Tom Brady to score a TD and TB to win: +1000

You can bet on whether or not there will be overtime (yes +700, no -1200), something that’s only happened once in 54 previous Super Bowls. Although that occurrence came just four years ago.

In addition, you can bet on the total number of kickoffs (over 12.5 -105, under 12.5 -115) or on whether the game’s longest field goal will be more or less than the total number of points (FG +240, total points -300).

Seriously, if you can imagine it, you can probably travel to New Jersey and wager on it.

If you do end up betting some props this Sunday, consider taking some time to compare the lines between sportsbooks. For a number of those mentioned above, there are some big differences between operators in terms of odds for certain props. Shop around a little.

And enjoy.

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