As you've probably seen, SB Nation New York is covering every angle of the Super Bowl 2012. And with just a few days before the big game, we've decided to reach out to those degenerate gamblers that love to bet on every aspect of the Super Bowl, the biggest sports betting event of the year.
Below is a list of prop bets, provided by Bovada, for the New England Patriots, who play the New York Giants in Sunday's Super Bowl (6:30 p.m. on NBC).
New York Giants Prop Bets --- Coin Toss, National Anthem, Halftime Show, TV Pro Bets
Patriots' Super Bowl 2012 MVP award winner.
Tom Brady (7-5)
Rob Gronkowski (12-1)
Wes Welker (12-1)
Aaron Hernandez (16-1)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (25-1)
Deion Branch (40-1)
Chad Ochocinco (50-1).
Jared's pick: Unless, Wes Welker scores two touchdowns then he's not a good bet to earn MVP honors. That makes it a coin flip between Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, who if he has even somewhat of a productive game with a bum ankle will win the award in a Patriots win. But, with that said, Gronk needs Brady to throw the ball to him, so I'd go with No. 12.
How many passing yards will Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady throw for?
Over 320-1/2 (-125)
Under 320-1/2 (-105)
Jared's pick: Brady has surpassed that number in 11 of the Patriots 18 games this season. In the AFC Championship game, however, Brady finished with just 239 yards against a solid Baltimore Ravens defense. The Giants defense Sunday is just as good, so I am going with the under.
Exact number of Brady touchdown passes?
4 or more (+200)
Jared's pick: Brady has thrown for three or more touchdowns in eight of the Patriots 18 games, so the odds don't favor him going higher than that against the Giants defense. I would bet that the only way the Pats get into the end zone is through the air making two touchdowns a good bet, as Brady has tallied two touchdown passes in seven games this year. Brady's only game this season that involved no touchdown passes was last week.
Brady rushing attempts?
Over 3 (-115)
Under 3 (-115)
Jared's pick: This season, Brady has averaged 2.5 rush attempts per game, and facing a Giants defense that rushes the passer well, you'd think that No. 12 might be rushing out of the pocket more than 2 1/2 times. I'd take the over.
How many rushing yards will BenJarvus Green-Ellis have?
Over 47-1/2 (-125)
Under 47-1/2 (-105)
Jared's pick: Only six times in 18 Patriot games has Green-Ellis rushed for 48 yards or more. Thinking that New England will rely heavily on their pass-happy offense, I'd go for the under.
How many receptions will wide receiver Wes Welker have?
Over 8-1/2 (-115)
Under 8-1/2 (-115)
Jared's pick: If you first look at this bet without stats you'd probably figure that Welker is a solid bet for double-digit catch game, especially with Rob Gronkowski hobbling around. Well, Welker isn't as he's compiled just four games this season with nine or more catches. I'd bet with the under, especially with the money line being the same.
How many receptions will wide receiver Chad Ochocinco have?
Over 1/2 (-125)
Under 1/2 (+110)
Jared's pick: In the five games that Ochocinco has payed in this season, he has caught at least one pass, however, he hasn't played since Dec. 4. I'd take the chance that he doesn't see one ball come his way, as I am taking the under.
Will Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick retire if his team wins Super Bowl 2012?
Jared's pick: I just can't see The Hoodie doing anything else but coaching. Plus, he still has Tom Brady as his quarterback. I think until No. 12 is still tossing the pigskin around, I'd stay away from this bet.
How many times will Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the game?
Over 3 1/2 (-140)
Under 3/12 (Even)
Jared's pick: There will be at least one shot of Kraft during the game, and unless the Patriots are about to win it and Tom Brady is in victory formation, then I think 3 1/2 is too much. Take the under.
How many times Giselle Bundchen (Tom Brady's wife) be shown on TV?
Over 1/2 (-200)
Under 1/2 (+150)
Jared's pick: There's got to be at least one perverted Producer at NBC that would like to see her, so I am saying over is a solid bet.
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