As much as us football fans hope they do not factor in the results, penalties are a huge part of the NFL. With the Super Bowl just a few hours away, let's breakdown how each team weathered the penalty flag this season along with props and the odds for the big game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Kansas City Chiefs (-125) are currently favored in the odds to be penalized for the most yards in tonight's game. The Chiefs were right around the middle of the league in 2019 with 6.7 penalties per game (15th-best mark in NFL).
Their most staggering numbers were in the secondary with an NFL-leading 23 defensive holdings along with nine defensive pass interference calls (football database). Their over/under is currently at 56.5 (+100/-130) penalty yards and 6.5 (+105/-135) penalties accepted against.
The San Francisco 49ers (+100) have been pretty disciplined this year, which explains their odds for most team penalties in Super Bowl LIV. At 6.2 penalties per game this season (10th-fewest mark in the NFL), they aren't too far ahead of the Chiefs. The Niners struggled more from scrimmage, according to football database, with 19 false starts and 20 offensive holds. San Francisco sits at 52.5 (+100/-125) yards and 6.5 (+115/-145) accepted penalties against for their over/under.
Statistics do show there is generally a notable drop off in penalties called during the Super Bowl, compared to the regular season.
So keep that in mind when considering penalty prop bets. It would be nice if the title game was not decided by the referees, a man can dream right?
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