The most interesting battle for us will be our particular Super Bowl prop bets. But there are so many that it's easy to get overwhelmed.
No worries: I've got you covered.
Click through while we closely examine exactly how I'm going to lose my money. Or the rest of it, as it were.
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There isn't any drama in a split-screen shot. If they show both Jim and John Harbaugh, they can't drag out the beaten-to-death storyline in successive frames.
Therefore, we need to break this down further. Get down to the nuts and bolts of the matter.
Obviously, Jim is the more famous of the brotherly duo. He played quarterback in the NFL.
John doesn't have the same type of notoriety.
It's that simple.
Somewhere, somehow, we will win some money.
You haven't seen my MVP pick yet, but it isn't Colin Kaepernick. There just isn't enough value there.
But picking the MVP to thank his coach first is a nice hedge against the second-year signal-caller winning.
Think about it. If he wins, wouldn't he want to acknowledge the coach who stuck with him when many were second-guessing Harbaugh for going with the young guy over the established veteran?
Betting on a wide receiver to score a touchdown seems unreliable because there are so many working parts.
The offensive line has to keep the quarterback upright. The quarterback must deliver the ball in a catchable area. And the wide receiver has to make the catch.
However, Anquan Boldin has been on a mission. He's willing himself and this offense to greater heights.
Considering how well the Atlanta Falcons' big receivers fared against San Francisco's cornerbacks, why not take a shot on a guy with three touchdowns this postseason?
The Green Bay Packers kept allowing Colin Kaepernick to tuck the ball and run. It didn't work so well; he ended up with 181 yards rushing.
The Falcons figured out that letting him run was a bad idea. They limited him to just two carries by forcing the handoff on read-option plays.
Why wouldn't the Ravens undertake the same strategy? Wouldn't you take the ball out of the opponent's most electrifying playmaker if you had the chance?
(Did "precisely" work? I figured using "exactly" again was an amateur move.)
Maybe those guys in Vegas do their homework. Joe Flacco averaged 19.37 completions over the regular season and playoffs.
But here's the rub. The San Francisco 49ers are pretty good at that whole stopping-the-run thing. They only gave up 94.2 rushing yards per game during the regular season.
Therefore, the Baltimore Ravens will have to throw the ball to win this one. Or they might have to throw to try and get back in it.
Either way, those two extra completions don't seem that far-fetched.
"Didn't you just get done saying how the Ravens won't be able to run? And now you want me to put money on their running back for MVP?"
Yes. Yes, I do.
At 12-1, a Ray Rice MVP win will pay out much better than a win by Colin Kaepernick (8-5), Joe Flacco (11-4), Frank Gore (7-1) or Ray Lewis (7-1). Besides, it isn't like Rice isn't an elite running back.
And he can catch the ball. If Flacco does unfurl more than 20.5 completions, more than a few of those will come to rest in Rice's hands.
"Yeah, but no running back has won since Terrell Davis. In 1998."
I got it! The position is due!
Regardless of which way you're leaning in regards to your Super Bowl champion, you're likely not picking a blowout. That makes the +135 odds intriguing.
This game has back-and-forth play written all over it. We're talking about two defensively talented teams with some serious mental fortitude. That means that just because a team scores once or twice, the opposing defense isn't going to pack up its pride and scram.
So slap down a couple ducats and start counting those winnings.
We've gone over this: Both teams have outstanding defenses.
Doesn't that seem like a recipe for a scoreless quarter?
Maybe, maybe not. However, we are talking about a +240 bet. That means if you lay 100 on this pick, you'd get 240 back if you won.
To recap, two good defenses and the possibility of winning an extra 140 percent of your original bet. I like it.
If you haven't noticed, I'm feeling a close game. One that will most definitely include a second-half lead change.
If this game goes to halftime with one team having a lead of less than seven points, all it would take is for the opponent to score a touchdown. Considering the quick-strike ability of either team (Kaepernick, Davis, Torrey Smith, etc.), that's bound to happen.
Remember, this score doesn't need to be a last-minute deal. It doesn't even have to happen in the fourth quarter. It just needs to occur in the second half.
I swear this is the last time I'll say this: Both teams have talented (and nasty) defenses.
The 49ers have made a living of stuffing the run and getting to the quarterback.
The Ravens have all sorts of players who walk that fine line between penalty and legal hit. Ask Ed Reed. Or Terrell Suggs.
I'm not calling any of these players dirty; I'm saying that both teams fly around the field looking to knock someone's head off. It sure makes sense that one might take a step over the line.
Still need convincing? Bernard Pollard is a member of the Ravens.