Last Updated: 2018-01-30
In this day and age of the NFL, the quarterback gets all of the love. They are the natural leaders of the team that they are on, they are usually the poster boy of the team and they are the first to get consideration when it comes to the Most Valuable Player in the biggest game of the season. So it only makes sense that leading up to Super Bowl 52 featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots that the quarterbacks are getting all of the headlines.
The Patriots Tom Brady gets hype for the obvious reasons. He is a Hall of Fame signal caller and many consider him the best player to ever put on a football helmet. He is on the brink of making history, like he seems to do every year. On the other side of the field is Nick Foles. A lifetime backup, he is finally getting his due and his chance to play for respect and a big pay day next year. However, if you are betting on the Super Bowl and looking over the hundreds and hundreds of Super Bowl props, it may pay off to remember the running backs.
Both teams have credible running backs that can run the rock. They have big bulky backs and they have running backs that are small and can catch passes and scamper for big yards. So when looking at Super Bowl props there is every reason to check out what the running back prop bets have to offer.
Jay Ajayi rush yards Over 60.5 -115
Jay Ajayi rush yards Under 60.5 -115
The Eagles are going to run the football or at least try. For as well as Nick Foles has played in the playoffs, the Eagles know that for Foles to be at his best they will need a good day running the ball. Although LeGarrette Blount is getting all of the attention because he played for the Patriots last season, Ajayi is the main man. He has averaged over 61.5 yards in his last five games and averages 14.8 carries per game. That is exactly the number that they have put on this prop. The Patriots defense has stiffened in the playoffs, but during the regular season they were vulnerable against the run. They allowed over 114 yards per game and that makes the over in this prop betting enticing. Foles uses the run pass option and that will give Ajayi the amount of yards he needs to go over the total.
For the Patriots it is Dion Lewis that seems to be the favorite to have a good day. Lewis is getting all of the love when it comes to prop bets, but be careful before betting on Lewis or at least when it comes to catching the ball.
Dion Lewis pass receptions Over 4.5 +125
Dion Lewis pass receptions Under 4.5 -145
This line is shaded to the under for a good reason. While Lewis will get the lion share of the carries out of the backfield it does not mean he will catch all of the passes. The Patriots have too many players that they could throw to. The Patriots like to mix it up and keep opposing defenses guessing. That was evident last year when James White stole the show in the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots have also added Rex Burkhead to the running back stable and the Pats have shown that they will go to the hot hand in the biggest games. Look for Lewis to run the ball, but go well below the 4.5 when it comes to pass receptions.
As we get closer to the Super Bowl the quarterbacks deserve some attention, but remember the running backs.
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