Super Bowl Props: Where's early action?

Bettors have been teaming up on several sides of Super Bowl props, creating lopsided action and forcing books to tinker with odds heading into the game week.

In early Super Bowl prop betting at Bovada bettors sided with the OVER on rushing yards for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, and the UNDER for passing yards for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Lynch, Seattle’s leading rusher, missed practice time last week resting, but oddsmakers have set his over/under on rushing yards at 90.5, about seven yards more than his per-game average this season. Lynch averaged 78.5 yards over the 16-game regular season. He’s had two big games in the playoffs, though, rushing for 140 and 109 yards respectively in wins over the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.

While bettors are expecting a big game out of Lynch, they were fading Manning and the Broncos’ passing game.  The over/under on Manning’s passing yards was sitting at 290.5 with -115 juice either way at Bovada as of Monday. Manning averaged 339.2 passing yards per game this season and is coming off his fifth 400-yard performance in the Broncos’ win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

A repeat performance against the Seahawks would be impressive. Seattle owns the No. 1-ranked pass defense in the NFL, featuring an elite secondary capable of shutting down the best passing attacks in the NFL. The Seahawks led the league in interceptions this season.

There were also concerns about Manning’s ability to throw in cold, windy weather as well, but forecasts to start the week were calling for temperatures in the 30s with light winds. Manning’s lowest passing output of the season (150 yards) came in chilly conditions in Foxboro against the Patriots.

As of Monday, the action was split evenly on two of the more popular props. Bovada reported “50/50” action on the over/under on how long it takes opera star Renee Fleming to sing the National Anthem, and how many times Peyton Manning will say “Omaha” during the game.