Cam Newton Super Bowl 50 Props

Posted by Aaron . on February 1, 2016 in

One of the fun things about high-profile events like the Super Bowl is the side bets, or props, that open up as the game gets closer. These bets can involve just about any aspect of the game — one of the most common props is the Super Bowl squares that people end up offering, where you buy squares and have the last digit for the point total for each quarter. Betting sites are offering a number of different fun props for the performance of Cam Newton, so let’s take a look at what’s out there for you.

Betting on Cam Newton or Betting on the Carolina Panthers?

Cam Newton is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. As a result, there’s a lot of interest in the many ways that he could influence the outcome of the game. For example, he is one of the two favorites to win the Most Valuable Player award in Super Bowl 50, along with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Newton sits at (-130) as the favorite, while Manning is behind him at (-275).

Of the 49 Super Bowls, 27 MVP awards have gone to quarterbacks, making it far and away the most popular position for this award. Manning already has one MVP on his shelf, having won the award in Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears.

Cam Newton is also the favorite to score the first touchdown of the game (+700). This isn’t much of a surprise, given that Newton was responsible for 45 touchdowns this season, 35 through the air but 10 on the ground. His teammates Greg Olsen (the Panthers’ tight end and one of Newton’s favorites targets in the passing game) is next at (+750). Behind him is Panthers’ tailback Jonathan Stewart (+800). On the Broncos’ side of the ball, C.J. Anderson, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are the next three favorites (+900).

So how do you choose which one to play? Given how Cam Newton dominated the divisional playoff game against Seattle and the NFC Championship against Arizona, you might be tempted to pick him as the MVP. However, the Panthers have a lot of players who put up big games in the playoffs. Luke Kuechly would be an interesting pick as the MVP if he can get a third pick-six in three playoff games, especially if he racks up a bunch of tackles, and if Newton doesn’t have a transcendent day. The Panthers are such a strong team, rather than being dominated by just one player, that picking an MVP, even if you like them to win, could be iffy.

If you’re dead set on a Newton prop, I’d be more drawn to the “first touchdown of the game” prop, or I’d pursue one of the comparative props that pit his numbers against those of Manning. I could see the Panthers putting together the first scoring drive, having to fight their way down the field against a game Bronco defense, only for Newton to rumble into the end zone on one of his bootleg plays or quarterback sweeps.