Super Bowl 57 kicks off this Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET in Glendale, Ariz. The Kansas City Chiefs go head-to-head with the Philadelphia Eagles for football’s most coveted prize. Sportsbooks are packed with betting markets for the big game. But with so many prop bets available, it can be tough to know which ones offer the best betting value. Let’s take a look at the best Super Bowl novelty props.
Sportsbooks are offering a ton of novelty prop bets on Super Bowl 57. It’s the most popular sports betting event every year. Public and sharp bettors alike wager a ton of cash each year during the Super Bowl. And this year, thanks to the proliferation of legalized sports betting in the US, sportsbooks are estimated to bring in a record-breaking haul.
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Super Bowl Betting: Best Novelty Prop Bets
Here are my top 10 Super Bowl novelty props and how to bet on them. These novelty props are widely available, but state restrictions may apply for individual wagers. Certain novelty props may not be available in your regional sportsbook.
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1. Will there be an octopus? Yes (+1400)
An octopus is a rare feat in the NFL. Named for the eight-legged sea creature, an octopus occurs when a single player scores a touchdown and the two-point conversion on the same drive. The play results in eight points scored, thus… the octopus!
The verdict? Yes.
In the history of the NFL, only 175 octopi have been recorded across 7,800 games. However! Two of those were accomplished by none other than Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts this year. This is a goofy prop, so this one is mostly for fun. I’ll just be betting a quarter unit.
2. Color of First Gatorade Poured on Winning Head Coach?
It’s a well-known tradition for the winning Super Bowl team to pour Gatorade over their head coach. The Gatorade Shower started in 1986, when the Chicago Bears doused head coach Mike Ditka following Super Bowl XX.
The Verdict? Bet Orange +300 for a Chiefs win. Bet Yellow/Green +350 for an Eagles win.
The sample size is small, but both teams have won a Super Bowl in the last five years. The Chiefs were drinking orange Gatorade (above) during their Super Bowl win in 2020, while the Eagles’ Gatorade color of choice was yellow/green in 2018. Whichever team you think will win this game, bet these colors accordingly. Half unit each.
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3. National Anthem Singing Time: Over/Under 1 minute and 59 seconds
Eight-time Grammy award-winning country singer Chris Stapleton will be singing the National Anthem before Super Bowl 57. Odds are available on how long the anthem will last, with bookmakers setting this market at one minute and 59 seconds.
The verdict? Over 1 minute and 59 seconds.
Unfortunately, this market is not available at regulated sportsbooks in the US. For us Canadians (Woo! Canada!), the Over is the play here. Only twice in the last 10 years has the National Anthem run less than two minutes flat. The last male country singer to perform the anthem was Luke Bryan back in 2017. His final run time was 2:04, a full five seconds longer than this total.
4. Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first?
It’s customary for the Super Bowl MVP to say a few words after the game. Sportsbooks offer odds on who the Super Bowl MVP will thank first. His teammates are the betting favorite at -125. Other options include the fans at +350, his head coach at +700, his family at +200, and God at +575.
The verdict? God +575.
The Super Bowl MVP typically thanks his teammates first, but both Hurts and Mahomes are devout Christians. Thanking God first in their speeches seems likely enough, so I’m happy to take a stab at this one at longer odds. Half unit.
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5. Field Goal or Extra Point to Hit an Upright and/or Crossbar? (Yes +450, No -800)
DraftKings offers this prop under the “kicking/punting” tab in their sportsbook. Bettors who think a field goal of extra point will hit either the post or crossbar will be rewarded with a decent payout at +450 odds.
The verdict? Pass.
Kickers Harrison Butker and Jake Elliott have been rock solid this year. Both the Chiefs and Eagles have high-powered offenses, meaning neither team is likely to settle for field goals. Also, this game will be played indoors. The weather won’t impact either kicker. I have no desire to bet against this prop at – 800 either, so I’m avoiding it altogether.
6. Over 2.5 Players to Attempt a Pass? (Yes +130)
This is one of my favorite props for Super Bowl 57. BetRivers is offering action on the following prop: Will more than two players attempt a pass? Since every football game in the history of football featured at least two players to throw a pass, we’re simply betting on a third player to throw one teeny tiny little pass to cash this ticket.
The verdict? Yes. Hell yes.
There are two clear paths to cashing this ticket. Both Mahomes and Hurts are playing through injuries. If either quarterback goes down for any period of time, we cash this ticket easily. The other path? A trick play. A fake punt, field goal, or wildcat formation gets us to the ticket window. Both head coaches are extremely creative and on the biggest stage, we could see some fireworks. Full unit.
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7. Will An Onside Kick Be Recovered? (Yes +2500)
Did I mention that both head coaches are creative? Most sportsbooks are taking action on an onside kick recovery. At +2500, the payout could be most handsome!
The verdict? Yes.
Again, there are two clear paths to cash this ticket. If either head coach thinks the opponent is sleeping on a kickoff, we could see a trick play out of nowhere. The other option would be a trailing team in the fourth quarter forced to recover an onside kick. Neither is all that likely, but +2500 is certainly enticing enough to risk a quarter unit.
8. Total Penalties Accepted? Over/Under 10.5
One of the best betting angles this Sunday comes from the Super Bowl referees. Carl Cheffers leads the officiating crew for Super Bowl 57. His group was responsible for the most penalties called during the regular season, averaging 14 total penalties accepted per game.
The Verdict? Over!
The number on this novelty prop is simply too low. For an officiating crew that averaged 14 penalties called per game during the regular season, Over 10.5 is an easy bet to make. This bet is widely available, but Bet365 currently has the best odds. I’m betting a full unit.
Thank you. Next.
9. Combined Jersey Numbers of All Touchdown Scorers? Over/Under 160.5
One of the most unique Super Bowl novelty props involves the combined total of the jersey numbers of all touchdown scorers. Simply add up the numbers of each player who scores a touchdown. This line opened at 170.5 but has been steamed down a full ten points to 160.5.
The Verdict: Over 160.5
One of my main NFL betting strategies is to take free points. Betting against the public is a consistently profitable strategy. This line has dropped 10 full points, so I’ll take a small stab going the other way. If both Travis Kelce (87) and Dallas Goedert (88) score touchdowns, that’s enough to get us to the window.
10. Will There Be a ‘Scorigami’? (Yes +2000)
My final Super Bowl novelty prop is the infamous ‘scorigami’ final score. You can find this prop at FanDuel Sportsbook.
The term ‘scorigami’ was coined by sportswriter Jon Bois at SB Nation in 2016. A ‘scorigami’ is a final score that has never happened in NFL history. The most recent NFL scorigami took place on Dec. 24, 2022, when the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the New England Patriots, 22–18. No one in NFL history had ever achieved that final score.
The verdict? Yes.
This is a great prop for anyone who doesn’t mind wasting a few bucks. This is not a positive expectation wager, as the NFL scorigami is incredibly rare. If you must bet it, you have to take the Yes. There’s absolutely no reason to bet No at -10000 odds. I certainly don’t need $100 badly enough to risk $10,000. And you shouldn’t either!
Super Bowl Novelty Props: Betting Restrictions by State
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