Super Bowl XLVIII Props and Standings Plus College Basketball Report
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SUPER BOWL XLVIII PROPS –WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN SUNDAY’S BIG GAME …THE ALL-TIME SUPER BOWL STANDINGS …
PLUS WHAT’S ON THE MENU FOR SUPER BOWL APPETIZERS AS WE PREVIEW A PAIR OF SUNDAY’S COLLEGE B-BALL TILTS
By Jim Hurley
You know one of the oldest sayings in mankind …
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”
Well, that holds true when it comes to wagering a bob or two on Super Bowl Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks battle the Denver Broncos.
Okay, so you already know that Jim Hurley will have the Sides & Totals Winners of Super Bowl XLVIII when you check with us on game-day morning right here online at www.jimhurley.com or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453, but may we also suggest a few other wagering options for the big game?
Here goes with our “top props” for Super Bowl XLVIII …
1 – GO OVER 218 PASSING YARDS WITH SEATTLE QB RUSSELL WILSON …
All this talk about the Seahawks needing to grind it out with RB Marshawn Lynch may be true (heck, we’ve been writing that for days here at Jim Sez!) but the fact of the matter is Wilson needs to unleash a couple of deep throws here plus we’ll go by the assumption that Seattle will be playing part (or maybe much) of this SB game from behind and so Wilson’s aerial stats should pile up past this 218-yard mark.
2 – GO OVER 4 ½ RECEPTIONS FOR DENVER WR ERIC DECKER …
No doubt that Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning likes to spread the wealth, and so that means all of his pass-catching targets figure to be kept busy here on Super Sunday but play particularly close attention to Decker who gets open against any/all coverages and should be targeted somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 times here. Okay, we’ll admit that Decker had the “dropsies” a few weeks back in that AFC Divisional Playoff non-cover win against San Diego but generally he’s the second-most targeted player on this Broncos’ attack (see 137 targets in regular-season play) and so he’ll get plenty of opportunities to shine here.
3 – SAY “YES” THAT DENVER RB MONTEE BALL WILL SCORE A TOUCHDOWN (AND GET THE GENEROUS + 240-TO-$100 ODDS) …
The Broncos have shown more and more trust in the second-year pro from Wisconsin who registered four rushing touchdowns in regular-season play and note he’s rushed the ball a total of 22 times this post-season, and so we believe he’s got a good shot of getting the call in a goal-line situation and especially if RB Knowshon Moreno is hurtin’ with that recent chest injury. No doubt it’s often a total long-shot to “ask” a non-star player to score a touchdown but Ball’s recent increased workload and the general improvement of this Broncos’ offensive line makes him a “live play” in this particular prop category.
4 – FINALLY, GO UNDER 4 ½ QUARTERBACK SACKS (AND STEER CLEAR OF ALL THE OTHER SILLY PROP PLAYS SUCH AS THE COIN FLIP AND THE ACTUAL TIME IT TAKES TO PLAY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!) …
Both Manning and Wilson will be tough to sack here – and for totally different reasons, of course – as Denver’s slinger gets the ball off extremely quickly while Wilson jitterbugs his way ‘round the pocket and is simply a tough moving target to tackle.
In case you need some numbers to back this all up, note Manning was sacked just 18 times in regular-season play, and he’s not been sacked at all this post-season. Again, add to the mix the fact that Denver’s O-line is playing its best ball of the season despite some major shuffle jobs ‘cause of injury and even this Seattle pass rush that registered 44 regular-season sacks and another three this post-season won’t be able to sack Manning much here.
On the flip side, Wilson was sacked 44 times in regular-season action and has been sacked seven times in the playoffs, but look for him to throw his share of “confidence-building” short passes plus those 25-or-so carries by Lynch will cut down Denver’s opportunities of sacking the former N.C. State/Wisconsin star.
Gut feeling is we’ll see only two or three total QB sacks in SB 48 – you’ve been forewarned!
SUPER BOWL STANDINGS
Okay, so we’ve all been reminded that the Seattle Seahawks have yet to win a Super Bowl since coming into the NFL back in 1976, but what do the all-time Super Bowl standings look like?
Here’s a look at the teams that have played (or will have played following this game) two-or-more Super Bowls in their history:
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Here’s some pre-Super Bowl College Basketball viewing in case you don’t wish to watch a gazillion hours of pre-game reports …
VIRGINIA (16-5, 7-1 ACC) at #18 PITTSBURGH (18-3, 6-2 ACC) – 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Major hoedown in the Atlantic Coast Conference where – suddenly – the Pitt Panthers don’t appear to be so invulnerable as Monday’s 80-65 home loss to 4 ½-point underdog Duke made it two setbacks in the past four games for Jamie Dixon’s troops.
Major key here for Pittsburgh is can it get swingman Lamar Patterson back on track after shaky 4-of-14 FG shooting game against the Dookies while the visiting Virginia Cavaliers look for another stat-sheet stuffing game from Malcolm Brogdon, who had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in that 68-53 win at 4-point dog Notre Dame this past Tuesday night.
#10 MICHIGAN (16-4. 8-0 Big 10) at INDIANA (13-8, 3-5 Big 10) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Can there be any denying the fact that Michigan boss-man John Beilein is one of the country’s top-five coaches?
Consider the maize-and-blue lost about 80 percent of its scoring to the NBA last spring, and here’s the Wolverines rockin’-and-rollin with an unbeaten mark in Big 10 play and coming in here off Thursday’s 75-66 win against 11 ½-point pup Purdue. Caris LeVert’s first career double-double (14 points and 11 boards) powered Big Blue in that conference tilt and has the nation at large noticed that G Nik Stauskas has connected on 50-of-109 trifectas this year?
If Indiana’s often asleep-at-the-wheel defense doesn’t monitor his perimeter movement then the heady Stauskas might go off for seven or eight treys here.
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