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The 10 Most Profitable Super Bowl 53 Prop Bets You Could Have Made

Julian Edelman Patriots WR holding up the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl 53
Thanks to a 10-catch, 141-yard performance, Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl 53 MVP. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
  • There were hundreds of Super Bowl 53 prop bets made available by online sports betting sites
  • Many of the more obscure props had predictable results, unlike the game itself
  • See the 10 props we all wish we had bet

For the sake of your bank roll, we hope you didn’t bet on any streakers during Super Bowl 53 or any Halftime Show performers taking a knee in protest.

Sure, the 10-1 payout can be tempting, but there’s a reason online sports betting sites are offering those odds: the outcomes were very predictable.

The outcome of the Super Bowl itself, however, was not what most were expecting – a 13-3 Patriots victory. New England winning wasn’t very surprising, but the lack of points certainly was.

As a result, there was a lot of money to be made if you bet the right props. Below you’ll find the ten prop bets that would have netted you the most money during the 2019 Super Bowl. (If you just want the answers to all the props, see our Answers/Results to All Super Bowl 53 Props.)

Personally, I was thrilled to have hit #8 and #7 on this list. I’d love to hear from you if you were lucky/smart enough to hit any of the top five.

10) No Touchdowns in 2nd Quarter

Touchdown Score in 2nd Quarter Odds at BetOnline
Yes -800
No +600

*All odds were taken from specified online sports betting site on Super Bowl Sunday (February 3rd)

BetOnline was also offering +280 odds for no touchdown to be scored in the 1st quarter, +340 odds for no touchdown to be scored in the 3rd quarter, and +500 odds for no touchdown to be scored in the 4th quarter.

The 4th was the only quarter that did see a touchdown.

Both the Rams and Patriots averaged the most points in the 2nd quarter in the regular season with 10.9 (league-high) and 9.8 (fourth-best), respectively.

And with a total that closed at 55.5, along with two explosive offenses, it seemed unfathomable there wouldn’t be a touchdown in the final two minutes of the first half, let alone the entire 2nd quarter.

9) Rams Shutout in 1st Half

Los Angeles Rams to Score in Both Halves Odds at BetOnline
Yes -800
No +600

The Los Angeles Rams had not been shutout in the first half of any game during the 2018 NFL season.

The fewest points they scored in a first half this season came in Week 14 in that miserable game against the Bears. But they even managed six points in the first half of that one.

There was only one other time this season when the Rams were held under 10 points in the first half: Week 8 against the Packers.

But they could not manage a single point in the first half against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53, which offered a nice 6-1 payout for any who jumped on this prop.

8) No Points in 1st Quarter

Time Remaining on Clock After 1st Score in the 1st Quarter Odds at Bovada
Clock time after 1st score 0:00 – 0:29 +5000
Clock time after 1st score 0:30 – 0:59 +5000
No Points in 1st Quarter +650

*Bovada gave you the option to bet every 30 second interval with 9:30 – 9:59 and 11:00 – 11:29 being the favorites at +1000

I’m expecting not to be the only one who felt there was a lot of value in +650 for no points in the 1st quarter.

We knew the Patriots were slow starters in the Super Bowl, having only managed 3 total points in the first quarters of their eight previous Super Bowl appearances in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.

And it was reasonable to assume the young and inexperienced Los Angeles Rams would also stumble a little out of the gate under the bright lights.

7) Sony Michel to Score 1st Touchdown

Player to Score the First Touchdown Odds at BetOnline
Sony Michel +650
Todd Gurley +650
CJ Anderson +1000
Julian Edelman +1000
Rob Gronkowski +1000

No one is scoffing at the 13-2 payout here with Sony Michel scoring the first touchdown of the Super Bowl, but you could have had +800 odds on Michel if you made this bet before Super Bowl Sunday.

You would have hit the jackpot twice with this Michel touchdown had you bet him to not only score the first touchdown but the last one, too. BetOnline was offering +500 with Michel in that prop.

6) Sacks for the Patriots

Exact Number of Sacks by Patriots Odds at BetOnline
One Sack +300
Two Sacks +275
Three Sacks +450
Four Sacks +700
Five Sacks +1000

Entering the 2019 NFL Playoffs, the Los Angeles Rams were only giving up 2.1 sacks per game, the eighth-fewest in the NFL. Jared Goff was only sacked once in the Rams’ two playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl, as well.

But Goff found himself under constant pressure in Super Bowl 53, thanks to some well-executed line stunts and well-disguised blitzes from the Patriots. Led by Dont’a Hightower, who recorded 2.0 sacks, New England brought Goff down four times on Sunday night.

Had you nailed five sacks between the two teams, you would have been getting +500 odds from BetOnline.

5) Cory Littleton to Get 1st Interception

Player to Record First Interception Odds at BetOnline
No Interception Recorded +290
John Johnson (LAR) +600
Jonathan Jones (NE) +700
Stephon Gilmore (NE) +800
Marcus Peters (LAR) +1000
Cory Littleton (LAR) +1400

*BetOnline offered 17 options in this prop and only five had longer odds than Littleton

Rams linebacker Cory Littleton had pulled down three interceptions during the 2018 regular season, earning a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl roster.

But two of those interceptions came in the final game of the regular season against the 49ers, led by Nick Mullens at quarterback. Generally, Littleton spent most of his time chasing around running backs when in coverage, which clearly wasn’t a matchup online sports betting sites liked for the Rams linebacker.

4) Julian Edelman for Super Bowl MVP

Player to Win Super Bowl 53 MVP Odds at BetOnline
Tom Brady +140
Jared Goff +140
Todd Gurley +1000
Sony Michel +1200
Aaron Donald +1600
Julian Edelman +2500

Wide receivers had only won six Super Bowl MVPs, with the most recent being Steelers WR Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl 43.

Holmes hauled in nine balls for 131 yards and the game-winning touchdown grab in Pittsburgh’s last-minute victory over the Cardinals. Julian Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards, but didn’t need the touchdown to win the honor.

Edelman was feasting on Nickell Robey-Coleman, the corner who got away with the PI in the NFC Championship game, in the slot in the first half, and regardless of who the Rams lined up across from him in the second half, there was no stopping him.

If you had the gumption to take Edelman for MVP, you’re laughing today after a 25-1 payout.

3) Margin of Victory

Exact Winning Margin Odds at Bovada
Patriots by 1 point +2400
Patriots by 9 points +6000
Patriots by 10 points +2500
Patriots by 11 points +4000

This is nothing more than a shot in the dark.

The Patriots average margin of victory this season, including playoffs, was 7.4 points. They did not win a single game this year by exactly ten points.

First Half Margin of Victory

First Half Winning Margin Odds at Bovada
Patriots by 1-3 points +850
Patriots by 4-6 points +900
Rams by 1-3 points +900
Rams by 4-6 points +950

It didn’t offer as much, for good reason, but a 17-2 payout with the Patriots to be leading by 1-3 points at halftime is cause for celebration, too.

2) Touchdowns Scored in Super Bowl

Exact Number of Touchdowns Odds at BetOnline
One Touchdown +3300
Two Touchdowns +2000
Three Touchdowns +1000
Four Touchdowns +700
No Touchdowns Scored +15000

*BetOnline offered exact options up to nine and then included a 10+ option; six or seven touchdowns had the shortest odds at +450 each

The Rams had scored five touchdowns in the 2019 NFL Playoffs while the Patriots totaled 10. As mentioned earlier, with a total that closed at 55.5, and after the shootout we witnessed last year, the idea of only seeing one touchdown was crazy – 33-1 kind of crazy.

You could have also cashed out pretty big by betting the Rams not to score a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Rams Touchdowns

Exact Number of Touchdowns by Rams Odds at BetOnline
One Touchdown +650
Two Touchdowns +350
Three Touchdowns +275
Four Touchdowns +400
No Touchdowns Scored +1200

*BetOnline offered options up to six touchdowns and then included a 7+ option; four touchdowns was the expected outcome at +400 odds

The Rams had only failed to score a touchdown in a game once under Sean McVay, coming in that disastrous Week 14 trip to Chicago this season.

Over/Under Touchdowns Scored

Total Touchdowns Odds at BetOnline
Over 3.5 Touchdowns -1500
Under 3.5 Touchdowns +1000

Even if you weren’t feeling so bold to bet on one of the above touchdown options, BetOnline was offering a solid 10-1 payout for less than four touchdowns to be scored.

1) Exact Points Scored

Exact Points Scored by Each Team Odds at Bovada
Patriots 13 points +6600
Rams 3 points +15000

If #3 on this list was a shot in the dark, I’m lost for words on what to call this one.

Your odds of nailing either of these are comparable to betting a single number in roulette, but the payout is much better than just 33-1.

If you didn’t have it in you to start betting exact points scored by each team, you could have also taken home a nice profit by guessing the range of total points scored at BetOnline.

Total Points Range

Total Points Scored Odds at BetOnline
0 to 14 points +5000
15 to 21 points +5000
22 to 28 points +2000

Whether you were lucky enough to hit any of these Super Bowl props, we hope you enjoyed the 2018 NFL season with us at SBD. I’d like to think we provided a little more entertainment value than Super Bowl 53.

No time to rest, though. We’re en route to Super Bowl 54!

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