Football is back, much to the joy of sports fans and gamblers all around the world. Whether you are a die-hard football fan, a casual watcher, or just in it for the entertaining commercials and halftime show, the Super Bowl is one of the most highly-anticipated sports events.
Read on to find out how you can bet on this exciting event in 2021.
Super Bowl 2021 Facts and Figures
When and Where Will the Super Bowl Take Place?
As always, the Super Bowl will take place in a neutral location, as to not give either team home-field advantage.
In 2021, the Super Bowl will be held in Tampa, Florida on February 7th. The best teams from the NFC and AFC will compete in Tampa Bay’s Raymond Jones Stadium for all the glory.
Will There Be Fans In Attendance?
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most of the season has been played in stadiums without fans. Some stadiums have opted to limit the number of fans that can be present, following safety protocols.
However, since the big game is still a few months away, the league is still planning to hold the Super Bowl normally — with fans in attendance. Leaders of the NFL will keep an eye on the progress of the pandemic and the opinions of health experts and make adjustments to the rule if necessary.
Who Is Set to Perform the Halftime Show?
Every year the halftime show consists of incredibly talented and well-known singers across all genres. In 2021, Grammy award-winning, contemporary R&B artist, The Weeknd, will be performing. It has not yet been announced who his guest performers will be, but we are sure that it will be entertaining no matter who it is.
There are multiple side bets that can be placed on the halftime show — continue reading to learn more about these fun options.
Which Teams Will Be Playing?
Despite the COVID pandemic, the NFL season started on-time. As long as there are no postponements or delays, the playoffs will be played at their usual time, starting on January 4, 2021.
Teams from the AFC and NFC will compete, and the winner of each championship will determine which teams you will see playing in the Super Bowl.
Right now, favorites to win their division and play in the Super Bowl are reigning Super Bowl champs, Kansas City Chiefs, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Greenbay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (for whom Tom Brady now plays for).
You can begin your NFL betting now, by watching the stats and placing bets on which team you think will win their division — or, you can simply wait to place your bets on the day of the big game.
Bets to Place
The Super Bowl is clearly a huge event with loads of dynamics and variables at play. We are detailing the most common and entertaining bets that you can place during the big game. You are likely familiar with some, but others might strike you as interesting and fun for both new and experienced gamblers and sports fans.
Game-based Prop Bets
Below, we have listed the most popular prop bets that rely on the actual gameplay, rather than the fun side bets pertaining to the halftime show, national anthem, etc.
- Will the first touchdown be scored by an odd or even-numbered jersey?
- Will either team score in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the game?
- Which team will score first?
- What will the first score of the game be: touchdown or field goal/safety?
- What will happen first: sack or touchdown?
- Which team will commit the first turnover?
- Will both teams make field goals of 35 yards or longer?
- Will the first coach’s challenge be overturned or upheld?
- Which team will have more time of possession in the game?
For more gameplay prop bets, check your local sportsbook and decide which ones you would like to wager on!
Total Number of Points Scored
In football, totals are created by sportsbooks to generate equal activity on both sides of the bet. You are looking for the total number of points scored by both teams in the game.
The oddsmaker will set a number. If you bet that the total points scored will be OVER this number and you are correct, you are the winner. If you bet that the number will be UNDER the number set by the oddsmaker and you are correct, you are the winner.
To ensure there your bet doesn’t hit the number exactly, typically, the set number will include a decimal — 37.5, for example.
Oddsmakers set their number based on research and statistics of the two teams playing. So, make sure to also do your own research for the best results and most profitable wins.
Other popular over/under bets include:
- Longest Touchdown of the Game
- Shortest Touchdown of the Game
- Total Field Goals Made by Both Teams
- Shortest Made Field Goal of the Game
- Total Interceptions in the Game
Fun Prop Bets
The Super Bowl is famous for being viewed by both avid sports fans, casual viewers, and even people with no interest in the sport. With such a dynamic and highly-viewed sporting event, there are endless fun side bets that viewers of all backgrounds can place.
Here are some of the whimsical, crazy, and most trivial bets you can place before the big game.
What Color Gatorade Falls on the Coach of the Winning Team
Since the first time in 1986, there has been a fun tradition of the winning team pouring a cooler of Gatorade on their coach. Every year, thousands of viewers place bets on what color the Gatorade will be.
People commonly bet on lime/green/yellow, clear, blue, orange, and purple. Since 2001, only three times has the color of Gatorade matched the team’s color scheme; and also since 2001, red Gatorade has never been poured on the coach.
How Long the National Anthem Will Take
The National Anthem is always sung by talented, award-winning artists such as Demi Lovato, Chistina Aguilera, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, and many more.
Many sportsbooks allow punters to make this an over/under bet — will the total time be over or under two minutes?
You can even make an over/under bet on how long the final word of the anthem, “brave” will be. Typically this is over/under 5 seconds.
We do not yet know who will sing at the 2021 Super Bowl, but once it is announced, check their singing style and place your bet wisely!
Will a Player Be Arrested After the Game
It’s a night of celebration for the winners, and a night of despair and coping for the loser — either way, it’s going to be a crazy night fueled by drinks and comradery. It goes without saying that this could cause players to get into some shenanigans. Place a silly bet on whether or not you think a player from either team will be arrested after the game, no matter the reason.
Will an Animal (or Streaker) Run Onto the Field During the Game
It hasn’t happened many times in history, but you’re bound to cash out big time if you bet that an animal or streaker will storm the field during the big game.
Will Halftime Performers Twerk During the Halftime Show
The halftime show is famously entertaining. For some, it is the highlight of the entire night. With the recent surge in popularity of the scandalous “twerk” dance, this has been a fun bet for tons of viewers. We’re doubtful that The Weeknd will be the twerk-er, but depending on his guest performers, it’s possible!
Since the infamous Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake flashing scandal in 2004, viewers can even place bets on whether or not breast will be seen during the live broadcast!
Will Any Player Solicit a Prostitute During the Week of the Game
As you can see, this is quite a funny one, but interestingly enough, last year the sportsbooks actually deemed the odds of this happening just slightly more than a player being arrested after the game!
Let the Games Begin!
Now that you are equipped with all the information needed to place tons of different types of bets on the Super Bowl, there’s only one thing left to do: keep up with the games! For the most profitable game night, we suggest closely monitoring the teams and their statistics as they compete for the chance to play on this epic night. This will give you the most expert insight on what to predict will happen on February 7, 2021.
Whether you are professional sports gamblers or just want to add a little more excitement to your Super Bowl Sunday, you’re now prepared to place some fun bets and hopefully win big. See you on the field!