As has been the case all football season long, we’ve covered the NFL from all angles at The Sports Geek – and Sunday’s big Super Bowl showdown is no different.
We’ve got team props, funny props, official selections on the spread and total, and we’ll also have some team/full-game prop bets right here in this spot. I’ve done pretty well with my prop selections in previous Super Bowl years, so let’s hope the LII edition is no different. Again, I always feel the need to shop around for prop bet prices as the lines could vary greatly. Read on below for some neat team props to make the betting action even more intriguing following kickoff on Sunday.
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
#1 – Total Sacks – O/U 4.5
I really think the Eagles’ defensive line will give them a big chance on Sunday – and will be one of the reasons this game is tighter than the public thinks it will be. Tom Brady and the Patriots have struggled traditionally when the opposing D-line can apply pressure without blitzing. Philly’s front four can do just that and should be able to generate enough to let Brady know they’re there on Sunday. They’ve got some great edge rushers and a lot of speed on their defense, and I’d look for the likes of Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox to get to Brady and expose his lack of mobility on Sunday.
On the other side of the ball, New England has really enhanced their defensive line play of late. They were a huge factor against the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round, and their pass rush has really been solid of late. I’d expect the Pats to really push a stout Eagles’ offensive line, and be able to get to Foles simply because he lacks the same mobility Wentz has. I think sacks will be readily available on Sunday.
PICK = Over 4.5 Sacks (+100)
#2 – Largest Lead of Either Team – O/U 14.5 Points
As mentioned throughout all of my articles here at the website, I’m anticipating this one to be close throughout. The Patriots know they can’t pull off another magic act by coming back down from 25, and I think the Eagles are simply too good in too many areas to get down by more than two touchdowns. I’m expecting New England to jump out to a lead, but the Eagles’ defense should be able to give Nick Foles a chance. This is going to be a tightly contested affair. Take the under.
PICK = Under 14.5 Points (-120)
#3 – Will the Eagles have a made 4th down conversion? – Yes/No
The Eagles know they need to take chances if they are going to dethrone the dynasty that is the New England Patriots. Philly may try and start out safe, but if they do in fact get down – this is a team that can and will go for it. Coached by Doug Pederson, the Eagles’ boss has shown on many occasions that he is not shy about going for it – and I think there will be at least a couple of instances on Sunday where the Eagles push things and try to keep the drive alive. Especially given the fact that I think it’s likely they could be trailing late, this seems like a winning proposition.
PICK = Yes (-130)
#4 – Will the last kickoff of the game result in a touchback? – Yes/No
Purely going off a gut feel here, but with a close game in the balance, surely a late kickoff in the fourth quarter could/would/should result in one of two scenarios. Firstly, I’m anticipating a receiver desperately trying to make something happen out of nothing with a miraculous return to try and get back in the game. Or secondly, it could serve as a squib kick from the winning team as the most efficient and safe method to running out the final few seconds (likely six or less). This scenario would also likely protect against a scary hail mary play in the waning seconds. I’m going ‘No’ on this intriguing prop.
PICK = No (-120)
#5 – Will both teams make a field goal greater than 32 yards? – Yes/No
This prop doesn’t hit as much as you might think at first glance. In fact, it’s only been on the ‘Yes’ side just 12 of 51 Super Bowls, but I’m bucking the trend and going for ‘Yes’ in Super Bowl 52. Both Philly and New England are blessed with some pretty impressive kickers. Jake Elliott and Stephen Gostkowski are trusted by their coaching staff, and both guys have connected on 21 field goals of 30 or more yards. I am anticipating two solid defenses clamping down within their own territory, and in a match-up where points will be heavily valued late, coaches may realize the necessity of taking a ‘sure’ field goal from Elliott or Gostkowski.
PICK = Yes (-120)