For many people, the beauty and allure of the Super Bowl game isn’t with regard to who wins and who loses – it’s with the plethora of prop bets at your disposal. Call it the game within the game, and what these are designed to do is make every single snap of the football exciting for the viewer. It’s always fun when you’ve got some action on every single play, so without further ado – read on below for some of the best team-related props for Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 between the Panthers and the Broncos.
Panthers vs. Broncos Super Bowl 50 Team Prop Bets:
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
#1 – Denver to make the longest field-goal (-105)
I think Super Bowl 50 could feature a ton of stalled drives on offense, ultimately resulting in field goals. Both Carolina and Denver have solid field goal kickers, but expect the Broncos to need to be a little more risky when deciding when to kick. If Manning doesn’t have his A-game going, look for coach Gary Kubiak to maybe line one up from above 50 yards in order to put some points on the board in a game where they’ll be hard to come by. They will be a tad more desperate for offense, so side with the underdog Broncos for this prop.
#2 – Under 2.5 Panthers’ sacks (+110)
Even though Peyton Manning isn’t exactly Cam Newton when it comes to using his feet, over the course of his illustrious career he has actually been quite difficult to bring down. He enters as the NFL’s career record-holder with a miniscule 3.13 sack rate. Manning is a smart guy and he is well-aware of the limitations he’s got on his offensive line and the pressure the Panthers can bring. Factoring this in, it’s clear that Manning isn’t going to want to replicate the mistakes he has made from previous weeks. He’ll be getting rid of the ball early instead of holding onto it for too long, and should be able to avoid sacks, despite facing some regular pressure from the talented Panthers’ front-seven.
#3 – Both teams to make a FG of 33 yards or more (+110)
As mentioned above, both Carolina and Denver possess some solid special teams and field-goal kickers. They’ve had great accuracy rates between Graham Gano and Brandon McManus all season long, and there’s no reason to believe that stops on Sunday. Since I see this game as being a tightly-contested, defensive slugfest throughout, both offenses might need to settle for longer field goals in order to try and put points up on the board. As a result, expect this prop to hit comfortably. Even though it has surprisingly only come through in 11 of 49 previous Super Bowls, with the way this game is poised to shape up, this prop bet seems like good value for Sunday.
#4 – Under 20.5 Panthers’ first downs (-115)
Denver only conceded more than 20 first downs in a game four times all season long. Conversely, Carolina went under 21 first downs eight times. Again, Carolina is a quick-strike, explosive type of offense. They aren’t built for prolonged and continued marches downfield – especially against Denver’s defense. They strive for the big play, and outside of those – I doubt the Panthers are going to have much success vs. the Broncos’ stop unit.
#5 – Over 125.5 Panthers’ rushing yards (-115)
Carolina has hit this number in 14 of their 18 games this season, and despite the fact that Denver does a plethora of things well on defense – their one soft spot can be their run D, especially in the red zone. Let’s also not forget that Carolina put up two huge numbers on the ground vs. another very good run defense in the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos are excellent but they’ve yet to face a QB with Cam Newton’s capabilities. Let’s also not forget the fact that this is the Super Bowl, the last game of the season, Carolina isn’t protecting Newton, and he’ll be running as much as he needs to on Sunday. Expect somewhere in the 40-50ish range for the dabbing dynamo from Auburn to get this one over the total.