Part of the fun of watching a weekend of playoff football is the different options that those who bet online have.
Sure, feel free to bet based on the point spread or the over/under total, but the options go much deeper than that.
Want to guess who will score the first touchdown, how many tackles a star defender might have, or how many yards Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen or one of the other quarterbacks will throw for, go for it.
There seem to be prop bets for almost any eventuality, and we are happy to help you navigate through some of the most appealing options.
Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans
When: Saturday, January 22, 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Welcome back Derrick Henry: Tennessee running back Derrick Henry was up there in the MVP conversation during the first half of the regular season before he was sidelined with a foot injury. Henry, who was the leading rusher at the time, is back and has the best odds (+450) to score the first touchdown in this game. Seeing Cincinnati rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase at +800 should be pretty appetizing for those who bet online.
Airing it out: One prop that is a little surprising is that the Titans are at -140 and the Bengals +110 when it comes to which team has the longest touchdown. With the way Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow can air it out, that could be a bet worth jumping on.
The Titans are currently at +120 to win by six or more points, while the Bengals are at +245 to win by six or more points. Any other result comes in at +210, so it could be a good bet to take that if you sense that the game could finish closer than six points.
Passing grades? Curious about one of the biggest differences between Cincinnati and Tennessee? Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s odds to throw for 200 yards or less is +250 while Joe Burrow of Cincinnati’s Money line for the same bet is +650. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Burrow (+275) throw for more than 350 yards. It is a different story for Tannehill (+550).
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
When: Saturday, January 22, 8:15 p.m. (FOX)
Who will score the first touchdown: San Francisco’s do-everything Deebo Samuel comes in at +750 as does 49ers rookie running back Elijah Mitchell, although keep an eye on Mitchell’s status since he showed up on the injury report with a knee injury. Mitchell has been upgraded to probable.
Limited: CB Ambry Thomas (knee), DL Jordan Willis (ankle)
Full: LB Al-Shaair (knee), DL Nick Bosa (concussion), QB Garoppolo (shoulder, thumb), LB Greenlaw (groin), LB Marcell Harris (Achilles), S Hufanga (knee), RB Elijah Mitchell (knee), LB Fred Warner (ankle)
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) January 20, 2022
The best odds go to Davante Adams of Green Bay, which is certainly not the first time that has been the case. Adams is at +600 followed by Packers running backs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon at +750.
Who will score first? It is hardly surprising to see the favored Packers leading the way in this one. A Packers’ touchdown pays +150 followed by a 49ers touchdown (+230). A field goal by Green Bay (+350) is just ahead of a field goal by San Francisco (+400). Any other score, which means a safety, is at +5000 regardless of the team.
If you are feeling good about a non-offensive touchdown being scored in the game, the NFL betting props on that are +215 compared to -270 for no defensive or special teams touchdowns.
If we had to recommend a pick from this game, we would go over 3½ field goals being made, which pays +120. If you are truly being adventurous, both teams being held in single digits on the scoreboard carry a Money line of +9000 with good reason because that is beyond unlikely for that to happen.
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When: Sunday, January 23, 3 p.m. ET (NBC)
Big-play ability: It is interesting that Tampa Bay has the better chance according to the Las Vegas odds to score the first touchdown (+160 to +200) but the Rams are favored if the first score is a field goal (+375 to +400).
Tampa Bay is favored to have the longest touchdown in the game at -135 while the Rams’ big-play odds come in at +105.
Piling up the points? The Buccaneers allowed 21 points per game in the regular season while the Rams gave up 22 points per contest, so naturally, the combined point total of 41-50 has odds of +230. The number jumps to +500 if this game is dominated by the offenses, which is entirely possible. It could be worth a flyer betting on the combined point total being somewhere between 61-70 points which carry odds of +500. The number jumps to +650 if 71 points or more are scored, although that might be asking a little too much.
Catching on: If you think that Tampa Bay will finally utilize tight end O.J. Howard, and he will score a touchdown, that pays +750 which is the highest number of the Buccaneers pass catches. For the Rams, Ben Skowronek (+900), Kendall Blanton (+1200), and Brycen Hopkins (+1400) have longer odds to score a touchdown.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
When: Sunday, January 23, 8:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Playing with the lead: Neither Buffalo nor Kansas City trailed in convincing Wild-Card victories, so perhaps that is why the team scoring first is given -175 odds of winning the game while the team allowing the first score comes in at +145.
Who strikes first? Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ favorite receivers Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are listed at +650 to be the scorer of the first touchdown, which seems like a pretty good bet considering the track record of both players. It certainly could be used as part of the NFL picks and parlays.
Quarterback Josh Allen (+1000) is behind teammates Devin Singletary and Stefon Diggs to have the game’s first TD and it could be worth a shot since Allen will do his share of running in the game. With his size, he is always a threat to try quarterback sneaks.
Early risers? There can be periods of conservative play in the postseason which results in points picking up as the game moves on but with the confidence that quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen are playing with, it would be willing to take a chance at the first quarter being the highest scoring period in the game. At +600 it has the best payout, followed by the third quarter (+450), the fourth quarter (+210) and the second quarter (+160).
The Chiefs had 21 points and the Bills 13 in the second quarter in their playoff openers, so it is understandable why that is projected to be the highest-scoring of the quarters.