Opening Kickoff Return & Touchback Prop Bet in Super Bowl 57 for Chiefs vs Eagles

Opening Kickoff Return & Touchback Prop Bet in Super Bowl 57 for Chiefs vs Eagles


The possibilities are endless on what you can bet on during Super Bowl 57 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles. Anything ranging from traditional player props to whether the coin toss will land head or tails can all be found on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Chiefs vs Eagles Super Bowl Prop Bets

If you're hunting for a little instant gratification, you can wager on whether or not the opening kickoff will be returned or taken for a touchback. Let's break down the odds and give a pick for this prop heading into Chiefs-Eagles Super Bowl LVII.

Opening Kickoff Return/Touchback Super Bowl Prop Bet

FanDuel Sportsbook has the odds for the opening kickoff to be a touchback at -190 odds. The odds for it to be returned sit at +148.

Opening Kickoff Return/Touchback Super Bowl Prop Bet History

Kick returns have become a forgotten part of today's NFL, but the Super Bowl tends to give the players a bit of extra juice on the opening play. A whopping 26 of the last 29 opening kickoffs in the Super Bowl have been taken out of the end zone. That wasn't the case in last year's matchup, though.

Kicker Evan McPherson booted one for a touchback to open Super Bowl 56, which was the first time that had happened since 2017. It's one reason why the odds for this year's game have changed significantly. A touchback saw odds listed at -104 last season compared to -190 this season.

Opening Kickoff Return/Touchback Super Bowl Prop Bet Prediction & Pick

Neither the Chiefs nor the Eagles thrived when it came to returning kickoffs this season. Kansas City ranked 29th in average kick return yards (19.2), while Philadelphia finished at 18th (22.1). It makes the idea of the head coaches opting to start at the 25-yard line rather than risking a turnover seem safe.

It's worth noting that Philadelphia also checks in at 11th in touchback percentage this season, while Kansas City slides in right behind at 12th. State Farm Stadium has a retractable roof and the weather forecast currently projects zero precipitation, but even a light breeze shouldn't have much impact on the ball.

This year's contest will go a long way in determining if Super Bowl 56 was the start of a new trend or just an outlier. I'm going with the former.

Opening Kickoff to be a Touchback?: Yes (-190)

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