Another 4 Must Bet Super Bowl LI Props

Posted by Kenny Bell on Tuesday,January 31, 2017 10:05, EDT in

Not sure if you heard, but there’s a fairly big football game at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday night as the AFC champion New England Patriots face the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. It’s only the second trip to the Super Bowl for the Falcons franchise and an NFL-record ninth for the Patriots. Here are another four Super Bowl LI props I recommend you wager on.

Another 4 Must Bet Super Bowl LI Props

Super Bowl LI MVP

Yeah, MVP is rather boring, but it’s one of the most popular props every year for a reason: you can win it pretty easily. Just pick the quarterback of the team you think will win. Because the Patriots are slight favorites, Tom Brady is a -150 favorite to win a record fourth Super Bowl MVP Award. He’s currently tied for the most with three alongside his childhood idol, Joe Montana. Brady is also looking to break the record of Montana and Terry Bradshaw for Super Bowl rings by a quarterback. They all have four. Brady enters Super Bowl LI already holding numerous Super Bowl passing records, including attempts (247), completions (164), yards (1,605) and touchdown passes (13). Meanwhile, Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is the +150 second favorite. He’s going to be your NFL MVP this season. A quarterback has won the Super Bowl MVP Award a whopping 27 times overall, including five of the past seven. Just don’t bet on a kicker, tight end or offensive linemen as no one from those positions has won Super Bowl MVP.

LeGarette Blount To Score A TD

Blount is -170 on this prop. He was second in the NFL during the regular season with 18 touchdowns — all rushing. Only Arizona’s David Johnson had more. Few backs are better at breaking tackles than the bowling-ball Blount. And there’s a snowball effect that comes with his bruising style, too, because repeated punishment leads to a weary defense. Including the playoffs, Blount has logged nine games this season with three-plus missed tackles created, according to Pro Football Focus. He had six back in Week 7 against the Steelers and finished with 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Even more impressive, of Blount’s career single-season- high 1,161 rushing yards — which ranked eighth in the league in 2016 — 741 yards came after contact, per PFF. That put Blount in the company of the Chicago Bears’ Jordan Howard and the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell. If the Patriots have first-and- goal at the 1, Blount is getting the ball.

Julio Jones Vs. Julian Edelman Receiving Yards

Love Jones on this prop even though the Patriots might double-team him. Jones had nine catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. It marked his second career postseason game with at least 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns and he is the only player in league history to accomplish that feat in multiple playoff games. In five career postseason games, Jones has 552 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. His average of 110.4 receiving yards per game is the highest in NFL postseason history (minimum five games). Meanwhile, Edelman is the franchise postseason leader in both catches (84) and receiving yards (937), but Brady has more weapons he can spread it around to. You actually get Jones at plus a half-yard here at -120. That’s a steal.

Player Calls Heads Or Tails

Jump on this prop right now before it’s taken down (it was at one other major book). The Patriots as the visiting team in Super Bowl LI will call the coin toss. For at least the past two years, New England players have called heads during the coin toss — that’s what Coach Bill Belichick wants. He’s a superstitious guy, what can I say? That a player calls heads is -120. It’s what the Pats did in the AFC Championship Game last season, for example in Denver. This is easy money folks. Belichick also usually defers if the Pats win the coin toss but not 100 percent. His heads rate is 100 percent.