Bookmaker's Corner: Bodog Super Bowl Props Make Sunday More Enjoyable
by Richard Gardner | Bodog Sportsbook Manager - 2/2/2010
For the recreational bettor looking to add a little more excitement to Sunday's big game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, Bodog's online sportsbook has got a huge selection of Super Bowl XLII prop bets to choose from. To help you out, I’ve put together a few prop betting tips using a few of my favorite props as examples…
First thing’s first. Start by charting out how you think the game will go. For example, which team do you think is going to win? Why? Because of a certain weakness or strength? How? In a shootout, or will points be at a premium? You’d be surprised how much easier your betting decisions become once you choose how the contest will play out.
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Next, look to past history for help. For example, do you think Peyton Manning will have his way against the Saints’ defense? If so, you might consider taking the under in the total sacks for New Orleans prop. The total’s a mere 1, but Manning went sack-free in 10 regular-season games. His protection is famously good, as is his knowledge of when to throw the ball away. Then again, maybe the Saints learned something about beating Indy’s pass protection from the Ravens and Jets, both of which sacked Manning twice despite losing their games.
One of our most popular prop bets (and a personal favorite) is the Super Bowl MVP award. At the moment, Manning is the 2/3 favorite to win the award. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is at 9/4, which is appropriate because the Colts are expected to win. But if you think otherwise, then a bet on Brees to win is a pretty good one.
Another Saints player who’s getting some MVP action is safety Darren Sharper, who picked off nine passes during the regular season and could well be the answer to stopping Manning. Sharper’s getting 28/1 odds to win the MVP. Of note, Tampa Bay safety Dexter Jackson, with two interceptions in Super Bowl XXXVII, was the last defensive MVP.
I would be remiss to not mention another one of our most popular Super Bowl prop bets: “Who will win the coin toss?” Winning this first one is always a great way to kick off your Super Bowl Sunday.
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