The Best and Worst Super Bowl LI Prop Bets

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 31, 2017 in

This upcoming Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots tangle in Super Bowl LI — the NFL- leading ninth appearance for the Patriots, and the second ever for the Falcons. The point spread (New England -3) and the over/under point total (59) haven’t changed much — although both could shift in the last two days before the big game, as that’s when most of the betting money comes in. However, these two bets are just a couple among many different wagers, as prop bets have popped up about just about everything you can think of. Before you place 75 different bets, though, take a look at our guide to the best…and the worst betting props for Super Bowl 51.

The Best and Worst Super Bowl LI Prop Bets

The Lady Gaga Division

Stay away from:

Lady Gaga’s outfit “breaks” Twitter (3/2) — how do you define “breaking” Twitter? Plus, if it’s that racy, won’t the NFL’s image police keep her from wearing it?

She’ll open with “Born This Way” (4/1) — of course, you can also choose “Perfect Illusion” (7/2) and “The Edge of Glory” (3/1). But will she open with a bang or with something slow? This could go either way.

The odds that someone falls off the stage during her show: 12/1 — don’t you think that her dancers have enough training to avoid this? This isn’t ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Put your money on:

Total number of halftime show songs: 7.5 — Take the under. There won’t be time for that many songs.

Things People Talk About

Stay away from:

Mentions of New England being a modern dynasty: 3.5 — If New England is going to win, then this probably goes over. But I see this game being a lot closer…and it won’t surprise me to see Atlanta win. So I’m not betting on this.

Put your money on:

Mentions of Michael Vick: 1.5 — the broadcasters will bring up the fact that Matt Ryan replaced him — and then they’ll mention him at least one other time. The over is an easy bet here. Mentions of Atlanta going for their first Super Bowl win: 4.5 — I see this happening at least three times before the end of the first quarter, and then as the game stays close I see it happening at least three more times. This is an easy over for me too.

Retirement Party

Stay away from:

Bill Belichick retires after the big game (12/1). Or Tom Brady does (11/1). I can’t see Belichick retiring. Instead, he will just vaporize one day and never coach again. Now that Brady has those performance pajamas, he’ll be playing until he’s as old as John Madden.