Super Bowl Odds 2013: Prop Bets That Are Safest to Take
The San Francisco 49ers are favored over the Baltimore Ravens (-4, via Bovada.lv) in Super Bowl XLVII, and while you may not be sure which way to go on that line, there are some prop bets that are a much easier choice to make.
Las Vegas has posted several prop bets—as they do every Super Bowl—that fans can take, but which ones are guaranteed to bring success in this year's game?
Let's take a look at some surefire winners for bettors to pounce on in Super Bowl XLVII.
*Note: All odds courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Total Passing Yards: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (Over/Under 250.5)
Flacco has been playing out of his mind in these playoffs, so expect him to get his fair share of yardage in this game. This particular bet is a good one to take.
In the playoffs, Flacco has thrown for over 250 yards twice—once against the Indianapolis Colts and the other against the Denver Broncos. Granted, the game with the Broncos went to two overtimes, but Flacco broke the 250-yard mark before those overtimes.
Flacco failed to break the 250-yard mark against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, but he fell short by just 10 yards.
The Ravens know that offensively their success has come from throwing the ball lately, so Flacco will get plenty of opportunities to air it out to talented receivers like Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith.
In two playoff games, the 49ers have allowed over 250 yards to both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan, while Ryan almost broke the 400-yard mark in the NFC Championship Game. Clearly the Niners are no strangers to letting opposing quarterbacks move the ball downfield through the air.
Not to mention, some key injuries to San Fran's front seven will leave this pass rush at less than 100 percent and that will allow Flacco sufficient time in the pocket to make things happen.
Prediction: Over (20/27)
Longest Rush: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (Over/Under 19.5)
There are few quarterbacks in the NFL who can run the ball like Kaepernick, and he's shown that ever since he took over for Alex Smith behind center.
Kaepernick has great big-play ability as evidenced by his busting two runs of 50 yards during the regular season, as well as two runs of 19 yards and one of 30 yards.
In these playoffs alone, Kaepernick has broken runs of 56 and 23 yards, so his success in making things happen in a big way is very recent.
It also helps to note that the 49ers have one of the best offensive lines in all of football, so blocking is never a problem. If he stands in the pocket long enough, holes will undoubtedly open up for Kaepernick and that's when he'll pull it down and create a big play with his legs.
Prediction: Over (20/27)
Total Rushing Yards: Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (Over/Under 82.5)
Gore is about as consistent a running back as you will ever find in the NFL.
For the Niners this season, Gore rushed for 83 yards or more in seven games, including breaking the 100-yard mark three times.
In the playoffs, Gore has been sensational, posting two games of 90 yards or better for San Fran. One of those performances ended with Gore compiling 119 yards against the Packers.
During the regular season, the Ravens were ranked No. 20 in the NFL against the run (122.8 yards per game) and they have failed to stop an opponent from breaking the 100-yard mark in the playoffs.
Throw in the fact that Gore is running behind a premier offensive line and you have a lock that Gore will break the 83-yard mark once again.
Prediction: Over (10/13)
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