New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Best Prop Bets for the AFC Championship

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IJanuary 22, 2011

New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Best Prop Bets for the AFC Championship

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates late in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. TH
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    This weekend, the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers will battle for the right to play in Super Bowl XLV.  

    The AFC Championship Latest Line for this game has the Pittsburgh Steelers favored by 3.5 points, but with just a few games left in the NFL season, there are plenty of prop bets to choose from to make this game very interesting.

    In sports gambling, a proposition bet (also known as a side bet, prop bet, prop or exotic bet) is a bet made on an outcome or a proposition of the game that could involve many different aspects of the game.

    Here are the top five prop bets for the AFC Championship

5. Will Santonio Holmes Score a Touchdown?

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets makes a catch in front of Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 19, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Image
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    Santonio Holmes is slowly becoming the go-to guy for young quarterback Mark Sanchez. When the game is on the line and the Jets need a score, Sanchez gets fixated on Holmes.

    Holmes had an unbelievable catch against the Patriots for a touchdown and should get a chance to catch one this weekend in the AFC Championship game. Holmes would love to score against his former team and let them know that he still has what it takes to be a MVP.

    Prop bet No. 5: Will Santonio Holmes score a touchdown?

    Yes +150

4. Will Troy Polamalu Intercept a Pass?

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches an interception thrown by Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during the NFL season opener game on September 12, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by J
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    Troy Polamalu did not play in the game the first time these two teams met up, but he will be on the field for this. Polamalu is a game changer that always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

    Sanchez has had a bad habit of overthrowing his receivers in the postseason and Polamalu is a ball-hawking safety with great hands that can come down with an interception.

    Prop bet No. 4: Will Troy Polamalu intercepts a pass?

    Yes +225

3. Adjusted Betting Line

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 19:  Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is pursued by James Ihedigbo #44 of the New York Jets during their game at Heinz Field on December 19, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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    The online sportsbook 5 Dimes has a long list of sports betting props for the AFC Championship game that included adjusted lines.

    The original line that is posted has the Steelers listed as 3.5 point favorites, but if you are brave enough to think the outcome will be different than the line indicates, then a profit could be made.

    The Steelers have the potential to run away with this game, playing on their home field for revenge. For my money, the best adjusted line out there is the Steelers winning by double digits.

    Prop bet No. 3: Steelers -12.5 +305

    (If you think that the Jets pull off the upset, then Jets -6.5 +398 is worth a look.)

2. Will Mike Wallace Have a Receiving Touchdown?

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers  celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    If you read my Five Bold Predictions for the Championship game, you already know that I am high on Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace.

    He is fast and has great hands and at least once a game, Roethlisberger will target him on a streak to the endzone. I don’t think the Jets will be able to match up with him on the field from a speed standpoint and there is a distinct possibility that he will have a score in this game.

    Prop Bet No. 2: Will M.Wallace have a receiving touchdown?

    Yes +140

    (If you like that prop, there are others for Mike Wallace that include: longest reception over 33 yards +120 and more than three catches in the game.)

1. Will There Be a Field Goal Made Over 42 Yards?

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Place kicker Nick Folk #2 of the New York Jets successfully kicks a game-winning a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to win 17-16 against the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas O
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    While both teams have solid field goal kickers, it’s never easy to make a kick at Heinz field. In fact, it is widely known that Heinz field is one of the hardest places in the NFL to convert a long field goal.

    The weather will not help out, as the temperature will be well below freezing for the entire game. Jets Kicker Nick Folk is just three of six from between 40-49 yards this season, and the Jets may even opt to go for it instead of letting Folk kick.

    Prop Bet No. 1: Will there be a field goal made over 42 yards?

    No +115

    All prop bets for the AFC Championship game that were used in this article are from 5 Dimes. This game will be exciting to watch and full of great NFL action.

    Good Luck!

    Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at mregaw@gmail.com.

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