Super Bowl LII is set! The Cowboys will be sitting at home watching and thinking about everything that went wrong this season, while their division rivals -- the Philadelphia Eagles -- attempt to dethrone the New England Patriots. While the Cowboys have a lot of offseason issues to address, the average fan still has a big game to look forward to, along with all the hoopla it brings.
Tom Brady led the Patriots to another miraculous fourth-quarter comeback in their 24-20 win in the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Eagles embraced being the underdogs again, crushing the Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game.
Nick Foles stepped up and had the game of his life, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns against what many considered the best defense in the NFL. Foles and the Eagles still don’t get much respect, as they opened anywhere from 5 to 6.5-point underdogs against the Patriots.
The odds might be lopsided, but Super Bowl LII promises to be an exciting game because New England has a highly efficient offense and the Philadelphia defense has allowed just 17 points in two playoff games.
But, like every year, the outcome of the game isn't the only aspect of interest to bettors and fans. Pretty much everything that takes place before, during and after the Super Bowl will be monitored, for example, the opening coin toss, the halftime show or the commercials, so make sure to check SBR for NFL prop bets.
Some of the most exotic props, like the color of Gatorade poured on the head coach of the winning team, which company will air the first commercial, Pink’s hair color during the national anthem or the number of guest performers during the halftime show, will be available closer to Super Bowl Sunday. But here’s a list of the main props on offer at most sportsbooks right now:
Super Bowl LII MVP
- Tom Brady (Patriots) -150
- Nick Foles (Eagles) +350
- Dion Lewis (Patriots) +1200
- Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) +1000
- Danny Amendola (Patriots) +1400
- Brandin Cooks (Patriots) +1600
- Jay Ajayi (Eagles) +1600
- Chris Hogan (Patriots) +2000
- James White (Patriots) +2000
- Zach Ertz (Eagles) +2000
- Alshon Jeffery (Eagles) +2500
- Rex Burkhead (Patriots) +2500
- Nelson Agholor (Eagles) +3300
- Torrey Smith (Eagles) +3300
- LeGarrette Blount (Eagles) +3300
First Touchdown Scorer
- Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) +800
- Brandin Cooks (Patriots) +1000
- Zach Ertz (Eagles) +1000
- Jay Ajayi (Eagles) +1000
- Danny Amendola (Patriots) +1200
- Alshon Jeffery (Eagles) +1200
- Rex Burkhead (Patriots) +1200
- James White (Patriots) +1200
- Chris Hogan (Patriots) +1400
- LeGarrette Blount (Eagles) +1400
- Nelson Agholor (Eagles) +1600
- Torrey Smith (Eagles) +1600
Outcome of the Opening Coin Toss
- Heads -105
- Tails -105
This might be the simplest of all the props that'll be available, but it's also the most popular for bettors. The Super Bowl coin toss is basically a 50/50 proposition and betting on it is practically a tradition, as hundreds of thousands of dollars are wagered on this particular prop.
The coin toss has pretty much been a 50/50 proposition when looking at the outcomes at past Super Bowls, as heads landed 24 times and tails 27 times.
Team to win the coin toss
- Philadelphia Eagles -105
- New England Patriots -105
You can also bet on the team to win the opening coin toss at Super Bowl LII. The teams that win the coin toss have emerged victorious in 24 of the 51 Super Bowls, and what’s most impressive is that heads and tails each turned up 12 times during the 24 wins.
The last four opening coin tosses at the Super Bowl have come up tails, and the NFC team has won 18 of the last 20 flips. Also, keep in mind the team that has won the coin toss has lost the last three Super Bowls.
Make sure you consider all these trends before betting these props, and don’t overlook the impact of this simple event, as it determines which team will receive the ball on the opening kickoffs in each half.
- Successful two-point conversion +260
- No conversion/no attempt -320
Three Straight Scores by Either Team
- Yes -220
- No +180
Either Team to Win by Exactly Three Points
- Yes +425
- No -550
First Score of the Game
- Touchdown -160
- Field goal or safety +140
- Fumble +125
- Interception -110
- No Turnovers +650
Will There be a Kickoff Return Touchdown?
- Yes +2000
- No -5000
The Game Goes into Overtime
- Yes +800
- No -1250
Will There be a Field Goal of 46 Yards or Longer?
- Yes -135
- No +115
Will There be a Touchdown of 45 Yards or Longer?
- Yes -110
- No -110
If prop bets are not your cup of tea and you're really feeling like taking a long shot on the Cowboys, we have great news. The odds for who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy in 2019 recently came out and the Cowboys are listed 18/1 to win the Super Bowl.
These odds will surely change, so you might want to take advantage of the early lines and take a chance on next season.
Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern
Playing in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to be serious Super Bowl contenders. Even still, they've become a very underrated football team due to their 9-7 record last season. The Cowboys struggled in many areas and with the Philadelphia Eagles crowned as Super Bowl Champions, everyone has forgotten about America's Team.
2017 was an awful year for the Cowboys. It seemed like a roller coaster of success, putting up an impressive performance one week only to disappoint the next one. Let's be honest with ourselves here and talk about what really ended the Cowboys' last season.
As much as we talk about how there shouldn't be any excuses in football - the Eagles made a huge statement by winning it all with a backup QB and other key starters missing - we can't deny the impact of these injuries.
Anthony Hitchens, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott all missed some time last year, affecting the team's performance week in and week out. Had the starters been healthy, the truth is this team would've been in the playoffs.
Heading into 2018, the Cowboys will face a very similar situation. This year, starters make Dallas a serious contender. Even if they're playing in a conference that will feature a lot of quality teams, the Cowboys are a team that could beat any team in the league if healthy.
Even the dreaded wide receiver position - which has been famous this offseason for the lack of a #1 receiver - won't be as bad as we make it out to be starter-wise. A starting trio of Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley doesn't really sound bad.
Heck, not even Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods starting at safety is concerning. They have what it takes to be decent starters. Sure, Heath isn't a guy who will make the Pro Bowl, but his skills will show on the field once the season starts in September.
The Cowboys' starters will do just fine this season. If the team's fate is up to them, they are in a very good spot. The same can not be said about depth, though.
Except for the defensive line, every other position lacks depth. If Sean Lee goes down, the linebackers stop looking like a three-headed monster. Same goes for the cornerbacks. Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis seem like a good group but as soon as one of them suffers an injury, the Cowboys will be in trouble.
We're in for an exciting season with a lot of young talent waiting to breakout. The Cowboys are underrated this year. They may not be among the NFC's favorites, but they truly have what it takes to replicate the success they had in 2016. However, it seems like circumstances have to be ideal for them to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.
With a little bit of luck, they'll bounce back this season.
The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up
Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.
The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.
As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.
Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.
Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.
Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.
Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.
I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.
All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.
How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?
Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?
With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.
Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.
I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.
I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?
Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.
Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.
Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.
Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.
Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?
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