The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks have made sure that the two top seeds in the playoffs (one from each conference) will lock horns in the Super Bowl for the second straight year.
Seattle With A Fourth-Down Conversion: +140
No Fourth-Down Conversions: -160
Both Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick embrace going for it on fourth downs, so for that reason alone, there should be a fourth-down conversion by the Seahawks in this game. However, if Seattle gets a fourth and one in New England territory at any point in this game, the team is equipped to pound out a first down with Marshawn Lynch. Naturally, if Seattle never gets a fourth and one, it might not convert, but the chances are good that you’ll see a fourth and one for the Seahawks, at least once if not twice. As long as Seattle is in good enough field position to go for it as an NFL pick, the Seahawks should get one first down on fourth down.
Any Punt Returns For A Touchdown: +950
No Punt Returns For A Touchdown: -1450
This is a great bet for the “no” side, if only because the two punters in this game, Jon Ryan of Seattle and Ryan Allen of New England, have been extremely good at pinning teams inside the 20 and do a really good job of minimizing opportunities for punt returners. It’s going to be extremely hard for one of these teams to bust a punt return for a touchdown. The only way it might happen is if either team has to punt inside its own 5. The opponent could catch the return near midfield and have only half of the gridiron to run. This NFL betting prop definitely looks like a no.
First Quarter Total Points, Odd Or Even
How will these offenses handle the pressure of the big game? The defenses will probably get the jump here, so a score of 3-0 or 7-0 is very likely, thereby putting the game in the odd number column. However, it’s just as possible that the quarter will end 3-3, 7-7, or 7-3, winding up “even” on the scoreboard. The better bet is that one of these offenses will be silent in the first quarter, so a 3-0 or 7-0 “odd” score seems like the wise choice.
Jersey Number Of The First Touchdown Scorer Is Over 29: -125
Under 29: +105
Remember that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse both wear numbers smaller than 29. If they or a running back are the first touchdown, you’re going to get a win for the under on the NFL odds. If you’re convinced that one of the receivers with a jersey in the 80s is going to score the first touchdown, bet on the over here.
New England Is Penalized More Times: +110
Seattle Is Penalized More Times: -130
The Seahawks were penalized a lot versus Green Bay on Jan. 18, and they were the most penalized team in the league during the regular season, 144 times. New England, though, was second with 133 flags. New England could easily be penalized more, but Seattle seems to set the pace there, so the Seahawks would be the better selection here.