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1/31/2013 8:51:00 AM
We are just days away from kickoff of one of the world's greatest sporting events. Inside you'll find a small two-pick parlay that you may want to consider adding your Super Bowl picks this coming Sunday.
Super Bowl XLVII Picks: Spread Predictions
The Super Bowl Odds opened with the 49ers as 3.5-point favorites and that number has
stayed pretty much the same. You can however find a line of four if you look
around, and that's a lot of difference in value if you believe the Ravens to be
the right side.
There's been a lot of build-up for this game, and rightly
so. There's a lot of terrific storylines going on here, but only one winner
will be crowned come Sunday night.
A lot of the attention in the Baltimore camp has been on Ray
Lewis and his pending retirement, but we have to give credit where credit's
due. Joe Flacco has been truly remarkable once again in the playoffs, throwing
for nine touchdowns (without a pick) in wins over Indianapolis, Denver and New
Use our Super Bowl Player Prop Betting Picks to find out how Flacco can add to your profits on Sunday.
Quite rightly, Flacco is sure to be receiving a fat paycheck
when this season is said and done. He's also got quite a number of weapons
around him – Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce have been running well and Anquan
Boldin, Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and even Jacoby Jones have all made their
presence felt in the postseason so far.
San Francisco has found a gem in Colin Kaepernick, but the
amount of pressure on a stage like this can be overwhelming. Baltimore has one
of the most physical and opportunistic defenses in the NFL as well, so he has
to be picture perfect with his decision-making.
Something special is in the air right now for the Baltimore Ravens and
sometimes an overload of emotion is all you need. They've gone on a magnificent
run, beating what many thought to be the two best teams in the AFC, and now
only the 49ers stand in the way. We think Flacco will be cool under pressure
once more – the 49ers, as we've seen, can be beaten through the air – as he
leads Baltimore to an unlikely Super Bowl victory.
Pick: Baltimore Ravens +4
Super Bowl XLVII Picks: Total Predictions
The O/U for Sunday is hovering around the 47-point mark. So
far, during the regular season and playoffs, the OVER has gone 11-6-1 in games
involving San Francisco and 10-9 in those featuring Baltimore.
However, we are not looking that way with our Super Bowl picks, as we feel that this game will
revolve around ultra-physical defense and establishing the run.
Both teams have incredibly reliable running backs who love
toting the rock as much as possible. Ray Rice and Frank Gore seem to only get
better and better as the game wears on, and you have to think the two Harbaughs
will want to get the running game clicking early on.
That doesn't mean chances won't be taken. There are bound to
be wrinkles here and there, and with deep threats like Smith, Jones and Moss on
the field, we're sure to get some long balls thrown by both Flacco and
But, all in all, we expect much more of a focus on the
ground attack and the possession receivers like Boldin and Michael Crabtree.
Both of those wideouts have been extremely reliable safety valves for the two
quarterbacks throughout the regular season and playoffs. Don't expect anything
different on Sunday.
The sheer number of defensive playmakers out on that field
is pretty startling as well. On San Francisco's side, you've got Justin Smith,
Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis, just to name a few, and the Ravens have the
likes of Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata and Bernard Pollard.
So while Super Bowls tend to bring the best out of offenses,
we are liking the look of the UNDER more than anything this weekend. We're on
the lookout for a lot of touches for Rice and Gore and sound defensive
performances across the board.
Pick: UNDER 47.5
– Parlay Ravens +4 and UNDER 47.5 –
For further confirmation check out our:
NFL Picks: Super Bowl Betting Picks on the Spread
NFL Picks: Super Bowl Betting Picks on the Total