Best Super Bowl Prop Bets For Hines Ward

ctsports picksAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2009

As always, odds makers have given the average fans and even their wives something to bet on Super Bowl weekend, with hundreds of prop bets available for action. While your wife is trying to determine the song list of the Boss, what commercial will be rated the highest, and the color of Gatorade that will be dumped on the winning coach, there is money to be made by investing in the game's top wide receivers.

The intriguing matchup will focus on the Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald vs. Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers. So far this week we have done several Super Bowl articles: Pittsburgh-Steelers-Super-Bowl-Breakdown.cfm" target="_blank" title="Craig's Steelers Super Bowl preview">Breakdown of Pittsburgh Steelers, Breakdown of Arizona Cardinals, and last 5 years Super Bowl Betting Trends.

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Hines Ward Prop Bets for Super Bowl XLIII

Total Receiving Yards over/under 65.5:  In the two postseason games this season, Ward has averaged 62.5 receiving yards per game. In the Steelers last nine games he has crossed the current line (65.5) five times and failed to cover the listed line four times.

Total Receptions over/under five: During the playoffs, Ward has averaged 3.5 receptions a game and played limited time in the AFC Championship game due to an injury. During the last nine games, Ward averaged 5.1 receptions a game, crossing the odds makers line (5) four times, with one push.

Longest Reception of the Game 22.5: During the playoffs, Ward easily covered the current line of 22.5 in both games, with receptions of 41 and 45 yards. In the last nine games, Ward has covered the 22.5 in every game but two, including five straight games.

Previous Super Bowl Numbers: In 2005, playing in his first Super Bowl, Ward caught five passes for 123 yards, with the longest pass covering 43 yards, which went for a touchdown. Ward was selected as the MVP of the game for his performance against the Seahawks.

Things to Consider: One thing to keep in mind while playing any prop with Hines Ward is that he was hurt in the AFC Championship game. After the injury, he tried to play a couple of plays and was unable to play. It will be interesting to see what effect the injury has on Ward in Super Bowl XLIII.

In three playoffs games, the Cardinals have given up 71 completions and 741 yards passing. Also, in the NFC Championship game, three Eagles had more than 65.5 yards receiving, two players had more than five receptions, and there was 6 players who had plays of more than 15 yards. The Eagles' main threat, DeSean Jackson, had six catches for 92 yards and Curtis had four catches for 122 yards.

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