Lady Gaga, Gatorade shower among top Super Bowl 50 prop bets

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Six-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga will take center stage at Super Bowl 50, where she’s listed with an OVER/UNDER of two minutes, 20 seconds to sing the national anthem on the props board for the game at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The last time that Lady Gaga performed the national anthem on stage, the New York diva completed her rendition in approximately two minutes, 15 seconds.

The average length of national anthem performances at the last 10 Super Bowls is just one minute, 57 seconds, with Broadway star Idina Menzel belting it out in two minutes, four seconds last year.

The shortest performance in the past decade came from piano man Billy Joel, who wasted no time in a one minute, 30 second rendition at Super Bowl XLI, while Alicia Keys skewed the average with a lengthy two minute, 35 second performance at Super Bowl XLVII.

The coin toss takes on epic importance in Sunday’s Panthers vs. Broncos Super Bowl betting matchup at Levi’s Stadium. Of the hundreds of Super Bowl props bets now available at the sportsbooks, none is more popular than wagering on the coin toss, with Heads and Tails both sporting -105 odds.

The 50/50 nature of the coin toss has shone through over the first 49 Super Bowl contests, with Tails turning up on 25 occasions, and Heads getting the nod 24 times.

The Panthers won on Tails in their only previous Super Bowl appearance 12 years ago. The Broncos have won the toss in two of their previous seven Super Sunday appearances, but lost the toss on Tails in victories at Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII.

While the Star-Spangled Banner and coin toss kick off Super Bowl betting action, it wraps up with a variety of available wagers at the conclusion of the game, most notably the color of the Gatorade Shower given to the winning coach.

Bronco Orange leads the way on the Gatorade Shower props with +130 odds, while Blue, which made its debut last year at Super Bowl XLIX, closely trails at +225, followed by Clear, which is joined by Yellow at +600.

In other Super Bowl props action, former Broncos pivot John Elway is a +100 wager to be shown on TV during the broadcast OVER 2.5 times, while Archie Manning, father of Peyton Manning, owns +100 odds of appearing live on the broadcast OVER 1.5 times, and the odds of an earthquake occurring during the game sit at a long +1500.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app