With all eyes focused on the impending shootout between quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes versus Tom Brady, it’s easy to overlook the kickers in the upcoming Super Bowl. You can place a prop bet on how many total combined field goals are made at Super Bowl 55 by kickers Harrison Butker and Ryan Succop.
There are a couple of kicking prop bets buried in the lengthy list of Super Bowl 55 props. You can find the total field goals prop bet at the South Point Casino and Sports Book in Las Vegas.
|SUPER BOWL 55 PROP BETS|
|HOW MANY FIELD GOALS WILL BE KICKED?|
|8 or More FGs||+3000|
In case you’re thinking about taking an outrageous and wild flier on a kicker to win the Super Bowl MVP, both Butker and Succop are at +12500 odds.
You can wager on the specific position of MVP, but even bookies think a kicker winning would be a ridiculous long shot, at best. The kicker is lumped in with punters and long snappers at +5000 odds over at DraftKings.
Kickers Loathe Raymond James
Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, Kansas City didn’t fly down to the Super Bowl a week before the game to practice on the field.
“We actually have it good here in KC, because the days we do kick outside, it will be cold and windy,” said Butker. “Going to Tampa, there might be some rain, but it will at least be warmer, and I think it should be an easier environment than KC.”
Succop gets the kicking edge due to familiarity. He gets the rare opportunity to play the Super Bowl on his own turf. Raymond James is his home stadium, so Succop knows where/how the winds swirl, and he knows his favorite goalpost. But even for Succop, Raymond James Stadium isn’t a kicker-friendly venue.
Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls at Raymond James. In those games, kickers went 9-for-12 on field-goal attempts.
During the regular season, all kickers connected on 77.8% of all kicks inside Raymond James Stadium. Opposing kickers went just 10-for-15 on field goals in Tampa this season.
Meet the Kickers: Butker and Succop
Butker and Succop sounds like the name of a cop TV show from the 1970s, but those are the guys who can make or break the outcome of the game. Kansas City actually drafted Succop with the last pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, making him that year’s Mr. Irrelevant. He now gets to kick against his former team in the Super Bowl.
During the regular season, Succop connected on 52 of 57 extra points, or at 91.2%. Overall, he went 28-for-31 on field goals, He only attempted two 50-plus tries, and missed one. From 40-plus yards, Succop connected on 7-for-9.
In three postseason games, Succop went 8-for-8 on field goals and missed only one extra point in nine attempts.
|2020 REGULAR SEASON KICKING STATS|
During the regular season, Butker went 25-for-27 in field goals for a 92.6% clip. He nailed a perfect 4-for-4 from 50 yards or more, yet struggled with 3-for-5 between 40-49 yards. Considering that Kansas City scores a lot of touchdowns and Butker had a lot of practice, he’s the third-worst in the NFL at kicking extra points with an 88.9% success rate. He missed four kicks on the road this season, where his success rate dips to 86%.
In two postseason games, Butker went 4-for-5 on field goals and 6-for-7 on extra points.
In Super Bowl 54, Butker had a perfect day with one field goal and four extra points. Last postseason, he went 2-for-2 on FGs and 15-for-16 in XPs.
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