Like Aunt Susie’s fire 7-layer dip, throwing some green on the many obscure Super Bowl prop bets can be an integral component to a great Super Bowl watch. Correspondent Mac Mombello filled us in on a few of his Super Bowl LIV favorite prop bets.
Demi Lovato National Anthem: UNDER 2 mins
Last year, Gladys Knight’s rendition ran for 2 min and 1 sec, so this year’s over/under opened at 2 mins. Lovato, coming off her stellar performance at the Grammy Awards, most recently sang the anthem at the Mayweather v McGregor fight where she went over two minutes. Under bets have in 10 of the last 12 seasons, however, and after crunching some numbers, we are riding the under again. We see her taking a minute (at most) for the first 2 verses and with her averaging 42 seconds for the last two verses, we have her squarely fitting under 2 minutes.
Coin Toss HEADS
2019 has been all about heads and if you don’t trust us, here is Pro-Bowl DE Everson Griffen of the Minnesota Vikings. “The reason I called heads—I want Melvin Ingram to hear this—we’re playing Chargers and I call tails and he was like ‘It’s been heads this whole year,’ so in the playoffs I thought of him. He said it’s been heads this whole year. I called it twice, thank you Melvin I appreciate that man. I’m going heads this whole-time baby.”
Jimmy Garoppolo OVER 19.5 Completed Passes
Everyone is all over the under here based on the performance of the 49ers offense in the last two games. They have been run/run/run and then run again with the three headed monster of Mostert, Coleman and Breida. But they have yet to play a team in the playoffs that can match the firepower offense of the Chiefs. In Jimmy G’s last 16 games, he has averaged 20.125 completed passes. The 49ers will likely be playing from behind and this game could end in a shootout (last time this happened was vs the Saints in the regular season and he completed 27 passes). Give us the over.
Total Game UNDER 4.5 Sacks
Another pick where we are going against the grain here. After consulting the number machine, this season Patrick Mahomes was sacked an average of 1.2x per game while Jimmy G was sacked an average of 2.25x per game. Despite the tremendous D-line of the 49ers, Mahomes has maximum escapability and we believe he will use his legs to get out of trouble. We see 49ers getting 2 sacks maximum which should keep us under the 4.5 if the Chiefs D-line performs as they usually do.
Gatorade shower PURPLE
We hate to get sentimental here, but purple is the color of 2020. With the passing of Kobe Bryant, it would only see fitting that he is honored at the Super Bowl with the winning coach showered in his Lakers purple. He would want it that way, and we are going to ride to the payload.