Super Bowl 50 is only a few days away...are you still salty about the New York Jets losing to Buffalo? Good, so am I. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the game on Sunday. Let’s look at 12 of the most intriguing prop bets…
1. Jonathan Stewart OVER 67.5 rushing yards: Since the bye week, Stewart has went over this yardage total in 10 of his 11 games, including both postseason games. Carolina has the league’s most dynamic and creative rushing attack. They won’t shy away from their lead back in their biggest game.
2. CJ Anderson OVER 13.5 rushing attempts: After not hitting this total in week 14-16, Anderson has hit it in the previous three weeks, including both postseason games. He has slowly become more of the clear primary option at running back and it is fair to assume Denver will look to protect Peyton Manning by leaning on their rushing attack.
3. Devin Funchess UNDER 23.5 receiving yards: Funchess only has 4 targets through two playoff games and was below this number in both of them. He is clearly below Greg Olsen, Ted Ginn Jr, Jerricho Cotchery and arguably Philly Brown in the passing pecking order.
4. Peyton Manning OVER 0.5 interceptions: With the speed of Carolina’s defense, Manning lack of arm strength and the number of dropped interceptions by defenders against Manning the past few games….this seems like an inevitably.
5. Panthers Rushing Yards OVER 125.5: The last five games that Stewart has played in the Panthers have comfortably exceeded this number.
6. Thomas Davis UNDER 5.5 tackles: He is playing with one arm. I’m aware he has been a freak of nature in the past but it is hard to fathom him playing normal reps and consistently wrapping up.
7. Carolina or Denver YES on special teams/defensive TD: Two great defenses. A pick six prone quarterback. A great returner on Carolina. Go for it.
8. NO missed PATs: Good weather. Two good kickers. It feels like too many people will go the other way on this because of Stephen Gostkowski choking last week.
9. NO excessive celebration penalties: The NFL knows the social media outcry on the way if there is a 15 yard penalty for a Dab or a prolonged celebration. I say they don’t boost the “No Fun League” idea on the biggest stage.
10. Brandon McManus OVER 7.5 Total Points: He is money from inside 55 yards. The Denver offense has great stall out potential against Carolina. This also feels like a field goal heavy game, particularly in the first half.
11. Denver first half touchdowns UNDER 1.5: They will have a tough time adjusting out of the gate to the speed of Carolina’s defense. I’d be surprised if they hit double digits in the first half.
12. Carolina (-5) parlayed with UNDER 45.5 points: I know the line is higher in most places but I have seen it drop to 5 in a few locations. I’d even do this with the number at 5.5 or 6. My final prediction is a tight game that ends with a Panthers defensive touchdown with pushes them over for the cover: 27-16.
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