NFL Prop Shop: Championship Sunday
And then there were four.
Championship Sunday has arrived, and Sean has narrowed it down to his best prop bet from each matchup.
Most pass receptions
Michael Crabtree vs. Roddy White: Take Crabtree
This play ultimately boils down to which secondary I have more faith in, as both receivers will receive plenty of attention on Sunday afternoon. While the 49ers pass defense has been exposed at times, I do expect them to hold their own against White. Their physicality will be enough to throw the veteran receiver off of his game.
Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez will prove to be Matt Ryan's favorite targets on Sunday. Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick will turn in another stellar peformance, and that translates into a big day for Michael Crabtree, who has emerged as his go-to guy (nine catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns last week).
Most rushing yards
Ray Rice vs. Stevan Ridley: Take Ridley
Ray Rice will have a heavier workload, but won't be able to outduel Stevan Ridley in terms of rushing yardage.
There's no question, the Patriots defense will be ready for Rice after he enjoyed a monster game in Denver last Saturday. The Pats have been burned by Rice before, and will undoubtedly spend plenty of practice time coming up with a gameplan to slow him down.
Ridley quietly ran for 82 yards against the Texans last Sunday, and has now gained at least 74 rushing yards in three consecutive games. With the Ravens defense focused on rattling Tom Brady, look for Ridley to enjoy another productive night.
- Central Florida
- Teddy Covers
- October 1, 2016 - 12:00 PM
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ 4 -110 Central Florida
1* Take Central Florida (#151)
UCF went 0-12 last year. 10 of their losses came by two touchdowns or more, as they should have – George O’Leary’s final season was a complete disaster. That included a late November 44-7 home loss at the hands of East Carolina. That was then, this is now.
New UCF Coach Scott Frost has made it very clear what he wants to install for the Golden Knights. The former Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator wants Central Florida to become “The Oregon of the East”. Frost found his starting QB two weeks ago when previous starter Justin Holman got hurt. In two games behind center, frosh McKenzie Milton; a dual threat dynamo against both Maryland and FIU.
Here’s Frost’s quote:
“One of the things that drew me to the job is I knew I could run a version of our offense that was practically identical to Oregon's because we can recruit that type of player here. I don't think you could run Oregon's offense at Wisconsin; I don't know if you would get enough guys that can run well enough to do it. In Orlando, Florida, there's fast guys in high schools in every direction in close proximity that are already running systems in high school that are similar to this and should want to play in it.”
When a formerly dismal team starts to play competitive football, then starts to win, it becomes contagious – these are ‘bet-on’ teams week after week, until the markets show that they’ve caught up. Considering that UCF has covered the spread (in regulation) by double digit margins in each of the last two weeks, I’m not convinced in the slightest that the markets have caught up with their improvement.
East Carolina has faced two solid offensive teams; NC State and Virginia Tech. The Wolfpack gained more than 200 yards on the ground AND through the air against East Carolina, and could have scored far more than the 30 points that they did. Last week, Virginia Tech hung 54 on this stop unit, another balanced attack, and the defense didn’t create a turnover. Expect East Carolina to have a tough time getting stops here; bad news for any favorite.
The Pirates are coming off back-2-back physical, demoralizing losses, and they’ve yet to beat a FBS team by more than a field goal this year. A program in transition following the shocking firing of Ruffin McNeill last December has no business laying more than a field goal to a ‘bet-on’ UCF squad on Saturday. Take Central Florida.
Teddy is hitting 73% in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season, picking up right where he left off during last year's epic 56-27 (67%) campaign! And Teddy is 21-8 (74%) with his last 29 in college, making big $$ for himself and his clients RIGHT NOW! Ride the hot hand & don’t miss a single ‘right side’ winner all weekend long!