Super Bowl XLV: A look at some prop bets

2011 Super Bowl 45 logoThe Green Bay Packers will be slight favorites when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV kicks off on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas (6:30 p.m. ET, FOX).

As it sits now, the Packers are listed as 2.5-point favorites at SBGGlobal.com. On the moneyline, Green Bay is -135 and Pittsburgh is +115. The total is set at 44.5.

Besides the regular side and total bets, one of the big betting attractions of the Super Bowl are the plethora of prop bets available at online sportsbooks. Let’s look at some of the most popular props offered at the SBGGlobal.com.

Super Bowl props begin before the game even starts as you can bet on the opening coin toss – not surprisingly the odds are equal on heads and tails (-115).

Following the coin toss, there are plenty of early game props including the first pass, the first first-down, the first punt, the first penalty, the first score, and more.

One of the most popular player props every year is who will get the first touchdown of the game. This is a prop where bettors can potentially get a nice payout, especially if an unexpected player gets the first TD.

The favorites this year are the two teams’ starting running backs, Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall (+500) and Green Bay’s James Starks (+550). Following the running backs are the teams’ top two receivers, Green Bay’s Greg Jennings (+600) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace (+650).

Bettors who think the first touchdown will be scored by a defensive unit can wager on the field at +500.

Super Bowl props continue throughout that game. For instance, even though the game may essentially be decided, bettors can wager on which player they think will catch the last pass of the game (Jennings and Wallace are both listed at +500).

Or, bettors can wager on whether they think there will be a score in the last three and half minutes of the game (Yes -180, No +140).

Other popular propositions every year in the Super Bowl include whether the game will go into overtime (Yes +600, No -1000) and whether or not there will be a 2-point conversion (Yes +400, No -600).

Other interesting props include the highest scoring quarter, how long the first TD of the game will be (2nd Quarter +165), how long the first field goal will be (23-29 yards and 30-36 yards both at +250), etc.

If you want to get specific and bet on an individual there are props on virtually all of the key players on both teams. There are a number of props for quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers and props for all of the key running backs and wide receivers for both teams.

You can also get some head-to-head matchups that put Rodgers up against Roethlisberger, Mendenhall against Starks and others.

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