New Jersey online gamblers, do you think Andy Reid will win a second straight Super Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs?
Does sentimental wagering mark Reid’s matchup against former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, now the coordinator for Tampa Bay?
Here are some Super Bowl betting categories with a decided Philly connection for the big game. Ghosts and greats of Eagles past can be aligned with several Super Bowl 55 wagers.
Will there be another Philly Special?
We start with a litany of props, including the perfect link to Philadelphia.
That’s the number of players to throw a pass. So, what if it’s not Trey Burton tossing to Nick Foles in the Eagles’ lone Super Bowl win?
"You want Philly Philly?"
"Yeah. Let's do it."
Three years ago, the "Philly Special" was born as the Eagles claimed their first Super Bowl title 🏆
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 4, 2021
Burton’s Philly Special toss, one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, came before the age of legalized NJ sports betting.
But what would that mean during this era?
DraftKings Sportsbook labeled Sunday’s prop of more than 2.5 people throwing a pass at +165.
Completing the pass would return +215.
Throwing a touchdown? It’s +1100.
Granted, that would require some vision, but Burton’s pass to Foles would have produced three winning tickets. Just $5 on each would have netted a profit of roughly $75 on one pass.
This always seems like an over but rarely comes in. You need a rout, causing backup quarterbacks and one team needing to throw. Or you need the trick play.
You can sense Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady endorsing this.
In a regular-season victory against the Eagles last season, Brady did not throw a touchdown pass, but wide receiver Julian Edelman did.
What about the ‘Fat Man TD?’
Here’s one for the fans of any Eagles lineman. It’s a new prop called the Fat Man TD.
Gotta love that one. If an offensive lineman scores, that’s +2000 at Draft Kings. If a defensive lineman score, that’s +800.
Tackle-eligible plays and fumbles make these at least possible.
Coach Reid + time management
Dating back to his days with the Eagles, Reid has been criticized for time management over the years. Can he work the clock for you?
Draft Kings has a new prop regarding what time the game ends. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. The over-under for the final play of the game is 10:15 p.m.
All you need are a few incompletions, some coaching challenges, a long booth review and, in the ultimate sense, overtime.
And if we factor in any argument or delay on the field, the over could be your friend.
Reid and the clock. Now it’s a bet, at -114 either way.
‘Doink’ in for dollars
At DraftKings, a kick that hits the crossbar or upright, known as a “doink” is +375. This can be found under the doink special.
All it must do is make contact with the goalposts. A “doink” that tumbles through, resulting in a good field goal?
The bet is still cashed. And it could turn out to be a double victory if you have also wagered on a field goal.
At William Hill, it is +375. Distinction: this one requires a missed goal. A “doink” that becomes a field goal is no good.
This prop illustrated the depth of sports-betting creativity. The idea came from William Hill (now Caesars) employees, who were part of a company-wide contest to enhance the prop menu.
The crossbar and the upright were the best friends of Eagles bettors and fans in that first playoff game against the Chicago Bears a couple of years ago.
Remember when former Eagle Cody Parkey tried to win the game for the Bears and end the Eagles’ season?
For those who don’t, here’s the replay of the “double doink:”
2 years ago today, Cody Parkey's unforgettable "Double Doink" helped the Eagles (+6.5) upset the Bears in the NFC wild-card round. 😬 pic.twitter.com/AWx1fbDyyt
— FOX Bet Sportsbook (@FOXBet) January 6, 2021
You remember Eagles coach Doug Pederson calling timeout just before Parkey’s initial kick sailed through cleanly.
And then the 43-yard field goal that clanged off the upright and the crossbar. The Eagles won.
But a doink is a doink?
The Gatorade prop
Will Andy Reid get doused?
If so, what color will it be?
Yes, the Gatorade prop is a popular bet now.
Orange is the new chalk at +100 at most books. Clear and yellow-green lime have been getting money all week. And purple seems to be getting no love.
Here are the DraftKings odds as of Friday night:
- Orange +125
- Red +200
- Yellow/green/lime +300
- Clear/water +350
- Blue +700
- Purple +800
If Reid gets the Gatorade, it will mark the first time a coach has repeated as a Super Bowl champ in 16 years.
Ironically, Reid was on the other end of that.
In 2005, the dousing went to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, whose team repeated by defeating the Eagles.
And it’s hard to forget that Tom Brady was the winning quarterback.
It’s Reid and Brady again.
Will Bowles become bucks?
The Tampa Bay defense, coached by Todd Bowles, has stepped up enough in the postseason.
Need proof? In case you haven’t noticed, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers were held in check.
It had four takeaways in the triumph over New Orleans, setting up the second-half scores that won the game.
Can the defense go all the way and produce a special teams TD?
If so, it pays +210. A separate wager enables you +450 if an interception is returned for a touchdown.
Bowles has been gaining notoriety in the playoffs as the Bucs have progressed.
Super Bowl betting means overtime for sportsbooks
Do you want to mix football and hockey?
William Hill has a special with the total touchdowns of the game versus total goals in the Philadelphia Flyers-Washington Capitals game Sunday at noon.
The hockey game is +0.5. So anyone playing that bet will know what total the football game needs to surpass in order to triumph.
In honor of Reid and the coaches working overtime to break down game film, we denote the oddsmakers who concoct the crazy-but-fun bets.
Nick Bogdanovich, the director of trading, U.S., for William Hill, considered the prop-making lineup one of the his most intense Super Bowl responsibilities. Props, especially any linking two sports, must be researched.
“When it’s all said and done, props may account for 40-45% of the handle for this game,” Bogdanovich told NJ Gambling Sites. “Setting the props was a 24-hour process. …
“You do the work, the action comes in more each day and then we prepare for the weekend and a 72-hour carnage of betting.”
“The public likes to say yes, yes, yes on some of the plays,” he added. “So if there is a successful 2-point conversion, we get crippled. If there is a safety or a successful onside kick, we get crippled.”
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