One of the best things about the Super Bowl is the limitless amount of props available to wager on. Super Bowl LI is no different, as there are a plethora of betting options specifically revolving around players on both the Patriots and the Falcons. Right now, we’ll focus on prop plays for specific individuals on the New England Patriots. As you know, New England enters Sunday’s contest as three point favourites, and in a game that is anticipated to feature a fair bit of scoring, there is good potential for some solid individual outings in Houston. Read on below for specific breakdowns of three of the more intriguing player props for the favoured Pats on Sunday.
LeGarrette Blount Rushing Yards – OVER 60.5 (-110)
By now, it’s apparent there’s nothing fancy or elusive about Blount’s style. The man is a straight beast, a powerful north-south runner that was imperative in establishing the ground game against the Steelers two Sundays ago. Even though that Blount has only averaged 42 rushing yards per game over his past five outings, you have to consider the stout run defenses he has gone against. Atlanta meanwhile allows 4.54 yards per rush between the tackles, good for 28th in the entire NFL. Moreover, no team allows more yards after contact per rushing attempt than these Falcons. They have the type of soft interior defense that Blount can manhandle, and look for New England to feed the beast early and often on Sunday. Finally, if you’re convinced of a Pats rout in this one – you have to like Blount’s ability to kill clock late in the game as well.
Julian Edelman Longest Reception – UNDER 26.5 yards (-110)
This particular prop opened in the low-30 yard range but has been bet down quite a bit in the lead-up to kickoff on Sunday. I agree with the movement and actually still like this prop to go under the posted total of 26.5 yards. Edelman no doubt is the Pats’ top threat and he is the most targeted receiver, but across his career splits he typically isn’t a big play guy. Last year, only 3.9 percent of all of his catches went for 27 yards or above, and expect to see Edelman primarily situated in the slot on Sunday. Also, the emergence of Chris Hogan as a true downfield threat for Brady also makes this more likely to occur.
Chris Hogan Longest Reception – OVER 21.5 yards (-110)
What a revelation the former Monmouth lacrosse team member has been down the stretch for the Pats. Whether Hogan is legitimately the truth, or whether he’s yet another product of an impressive New England system – the fact of the matter is that Hogan has been dynamite for New England of late and a trusted receiver of Brady’s deep balls downfield. He has exceeded this number in four of his past five games. Look for this shifty receiver to come up with a big play for his team on Sunday.