During the two-week festivities of the Super Bowl, there are many distractions to keep the fans, celebrities and media occupied. Various parties, autograph signings etc. are all part of the action.
Another ‘distraction’ for the betting public is the myriad proposition bets that are available during Super Bowl Week. Proposition bets range from the sublime to the ridiculous but there are some solid football-related ‘props’ the learned gambler can make hay with. For every prop related to what Madonna may be wearing (or not wearing), there is a prop related to player performance. For example, how many passing yards NY Giants QB Eli Manning will have in the game? In this instance, the yardage is 315.5. You can wager $125 to win $100 if you think he will go over that number or wager $105 that he will go under that number. If you think the Giants are going to win the game with a balanced attack on offense, you may side with the ‘Under’ total here. If you think they will be behind most of the game and will be playing catch up for most of the game, you’re likely to take the ‘Over’. One prop we like is how many rushing yards Manning will have. The number is a very low 3.5 yards. You have to wager $125 to win $100 but we feel Manning will top that total.
In the running game, we like RB Brandon Jacobs to go Over the listed 7.5 attempts. Jacobs has ceded the starting duties to RB Ahmad Bradshaw but New York likes to use Jacobs in short yardage (despite his mediocre success) situations. They also use him to wear down the defense with his 260 lb. frame.
In the receiving game, we’ll take the Under on New England TE Rob Gronkowski’s receiving yards. The number is 82.5 and we feel his ankle injury is fairly serious. One good shot on it and he will probably be out of the game. He will also lose his ability to drive and plant and most of his receptions will be of the shorter variety. On the other hand, we like NE TE Aaron Hernandez to go Over his assigned number of receiving yards, 64.5. His best asset is speed and we feel he will pick up big chunks of yardage. He has topped 100+ yards in receiving several times in the past two years and if Gronkowski is limited, Brady will have no qualms about looking in his direction. Another play we like is on Patriot WR-DB Julian Edelman. He has played a lot on defense in recent weeks but still sees time on offense. The number on his total receptions is .5. We feel he will definitely catch at least one pass during this game as he is an effective outlet pass for Brady.
If you look at all of the different props available, you’re definitely going to find some numbers you feel very comfortable with. Tackles, interceptions, total FGs and picking the first player to score are all included in the long list of props. Our advice is to eschew all the silly props (how long will it take Kelly Clarkson to sing the National Anthem, for example) and stick with the solid football props. Use your knowledge of the two teams and who you think will win to assist you in these selections.
As a reminder, here are the plays we are interested in (available at bodog.ca)
- Manning to rush for Over 3.5 yards.
- Jacobs to go Over 7.5 rushing attempts.
- Gronkowski to go Under 82.5 yards.
- Hernandez to go Over 64.5 yards.
- Edelman to go Over .5 catch.
Good luck to all and enjoy the game and all the different props available.