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Opening Kickoff Return & Touchback Prop Bet in Super Bowl 56 for Bengals vs Rams (Updated)

Larry Rupp
Opening kickoff return/touchback prop bet in the Super Bowl 56 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams.
Opening kickoff return/touchback prop bet in the Super Bowl 56 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. / Andy Lyons/GettyImages
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The possibilities are almost endless on what you can bet on during Super Bowl 56 between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. Anything ranging from traditional player props to whether the coin toss will land head or tails can all be found on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Bengals vs Rams 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 Bengals-Rams Super Bowl LVI.

Opening Kickoff Return/Touchback Super Bowl Prop Bet

FanDuel Sportsbook has the odds for the opening kickoff to be returned at -122 odds. The odds for it to be a touchback sit at -104.

Opening Kickoff Return/Touchback Super Bowl Prop Bet History

It's rare in today's NFL to see many kick returns during the regular season. However, that changes in the playoffs, especially in the Super Bowl. A whopping 26 of the last 28 opening kickoffs have been taken out of the end zone and there hasn't been a touchback on the opening kickoff since 2017.

Still, every kick returner dreams of taking one to the house and that only intensifies when playing on the biggest stage in sports. Who can forget when Devin Hester got the crowd pumped by returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLI?

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

Betting on the opening kickoff to be returned opened at plus odds and is being hammered down for good reason. Both kicks that turned into touchbacks since 1994 happened in domes and SoFi Stadium is likely going to open its roof on Sunday night thanks to the weather forecast featuring temperatures in the low 70s.

Los Angeles' Matt Gay led the NFL with 102 kickoffs during the regular season, yet he only ranked No. 15 in terms of touchback percentage (63.7%). Meanwhile, Cincinnati's Evan McPherson's touchback rate was 60.4%. Neither of those marks should give bettors wanting to wager on a touchback much confidence.

Everything lines up for one of the biggest trends in Super Bowl prop betting to continue on Sunday night.

Opening Kickoff Return/Touchback Super Bowl Prop Best Bet

Opening Kickoff to be a Touchback?: No (-122)


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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