Nobody really predicted an Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl LI appearance back in the pre-season and it still seems a tad surreal. But after blistering through the NFC South, with a stellar stop unit and simply explosive offense, here they are – perhaps ready to dethrone one of the greatest dynasties of this era. It certainly couldn’t have been done without the individual efforts of some talented players – Vic Beasley, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman among them. Right now, we’ll continue our focus on all of these intriguing Super Bowl props with specific looks at players on the Falcons. In a game that’s expected to see some crooked numbers put up, there are some good betting opportunities available. Read on below for good insight at some winning prop selections for Super Bowl Sunday.
Matt Ryan Rushing Yards – OVER 6.5 (-110)
No, Matt Ryan is by no means Michael Vick. But if you look at his recent play in tight games or when his team really needs a first down, Ryan has zero aversion to using his legs to secure a new set of downs. In blowout-type of games or against porous secondaries, Ryan won’t run, but on Sunday against a stout Pats’ D, don’t be surprised if there are a couple of instances when the talented thrower will need to take off and be creative to secure a first down.
Will Mohamed Sanu Score a Touchdown – YES (+145)
We’ve heard all about it by now – the fact that Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick is a master at taking away the best thing about an opposing team’s offense. He’s definitely been successful in his career, and I think the Pats will have an answer or solution to the talented Julio Jones. Last time out, the Pats did a heck of a job defending Antonio Brown, holding him to a measly 77 receiving yards. While Jones presents new challenges for New England’s secondary, you have to think Belichick won’t let Jones beat them. This of course should open up things for the speedy Sanu. He has really come on of late and been a key contributor down the stretch. Sanu also only had one drop all season long, and at a plus-money price, I like Sanu to find the endzone on Sunday.
Devonta Freeman Longest Rush – UNDER 15.5 yards (-110)
One of the hottest units in football right now has to be New England’s run defense. After doing a great job in the AFC Championship, they’re riding a wave of momentum entering Sunday’s Super Bowl. All season long, they’ve only allowed 3.57 yards per carry to opposing running backs and even though Freeman is a talented rusher, I’m not sure I like his chances to exceed this number on Sunday. This wager holds even more credibility if you feel the Pats get up early in this contest, and the Falcons need to abandon the run game in favour of their dominant passing attack. New England only allowed five runs of more than 15 yards this year, and given the fact Freeman often splits carries with Tevin Coleman, the odds favour the under in this one.