Super Bowl 51 Bets, Predictions, Picks & Betting Tips For 2017
The best Super Bowl 51 bets and predictions for the season finale on February 5th in Houston Texas. All the burning questions will be answered. We’ll find out if Brady and Belichick can win their 5th Super Bowl and cement themselves as the greatest of all time. We’ll know if Matt Ryan’s #1 scoring offense can explode and beat New England if it comes down to a shootout. And last but not least, we’ll find out if this could be the highest scoring Super Bowl in NFL history. I can hardly wait… so let’s get to our Super Bowl 51 predictions.
Our Best Super Bowl 51 Bets
Why Over 58 Total Match Points?
Matt Ryan is poised for a great Super Bowl
Ryan is simply on another level. After getting trampled by the Dirty Birds last week, Packer’s head coach Mike McCarthy said that Ryan was “ like a buzzsaw. “ And that buzzsaw is what the Pat’s defense will have to deal with on Super Bowl Sunday. Matty Ice has 18 TD’s and zero INT’s in his last 6 matches, and is averaging 310 yards per game through the air. This season, Atlanta was the 8th highest scoring offense in the history of the NFL. They averaged 34 points per match during the regular season, and have averaged 40 points per match over their 2 playoff victories. The last 8 Falcon’s matches have surpassed 57 total match points. I expect Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to dial up more magic this week and put up some points against New England.
The Dirty Birds have an elite offensive line that gave Matt Ryan plenty of time in the pocket last week vs Green Bay’s beefy pass rush. And stud center Alex Mack is set to start in the Super Bowl. Pro Football Focus has them ranked 6th in the NFL among offensive line units. So I’m liking Atlanta’s hogs up front. I think they’ll sit on New England’s pass rush and give Ryan time to put up 3 touchdowns through the air. Although New England’s defense has held offenses to under 16 points per match during the regular season, and has limited their last two opponents to under 17 points per match, Matt Patricia will be up against a horse of a different color this February 5th in Super Bowl 51 vs a well-rested, red hot Falcon’s offense.
Tom Brady is battle tested and lethal
Tom Terrific has played in a whopping 7 Super Bowls, and won 4 of them. He is a machine, and even without Gronkowski’s beastly presence Brady is capable of putting up points every time New England has the ball. He’s done nothing but throw TD’s since his week 5 return. He has 28 TD’s and just 2 INT’s on the season. This week he’ll be facing an Atlanta defense that finished the regular season ranked 27th overall. Their secondary could give Brady visions of TD’s and Super Bowl rings dancing in his dead. But to be fair, the Falcons have held opponents to around 20 points per match over the last 2 weeks, and have played much better as a unit. Still, the Pats have put up 35 points per match over the last 2 weeks. I expect Brady to throw for over 300 yards and 3 TD’s in Super Bowl 51.
Like Atlanta, the Pat’s o-line is playing at a high level. Pro Football Focus has them ranked as the 10th overall unit in the league. Tom Brady should be able to stay upright and pick the Falcon’s defense apart. While it’s true that edge rusher Vic Beasley is a speedy sack machine, he hasn’t had a sack in 2 weeks. Also, Falcon’s cornerbacks Robert Alford and Jalen Collins have stepped up their game over the last 2 weeks. Atlanta’s defense was exposed earlier in the season and could prove leaky vs Brady’s potent attack.
A First time for everything
In all 50 Super Bowls, there have been just 2 in which both teams have scored 30 points or more. But this year it feels like a real possibility. Many analysts are predicting a shootout between Tom Brady and Matt Ryan. Some think that the Patriots will dominate the Falcons and cover the spread by a touchdown or more.
But both squads are playing at such a high level, it’s hard to say whether or not the Pats will cover, or if the Falcons can pull off an upset win as underdogs SU and be Super Bowl Champs for the first time ever. That fairy tale feels like a possibility. But what’s certain is that two elite quarterbacks will be playing to win. And even though this is Matt Ryan’s first Super Bowl, I think he’s ready. They don’t call him Matty Ice for nothing. Plus, Dan Quinn was Seattle’s defensive coordinator when the Seahawk’s won the Super Bowl, so he understands the pressure and knows what it takes to win big games.
**Key Super Bowl 51 Matchups**
How will Malcolm Butler handle Julio Jones? Safety Devin McCorty should give him over the top help, but there will be times when Butler will have to hold his own. It will be fun to watch. And how will New England handle the Falcon’s dynamic trio of Freeman, Coleman, and Gabriel? Also, Patrick Chung will likely be assigned Atlanta’s big tight ends. Can he cope?
On the flip-side, how will Jalen Collins and the Falcon’s secondary handle wide receivers Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan? They combined for around 300 receiving yards in the AFC Championship. Slot corner Brian Poole will need to have a stellar game to keep them from eating Atlanta alive. Also, Safety Keanu Neal will have be at his best to take on tight end Martellus Bennett.
Anytime Touchdown Scorer Betting Tips
With all the attention being on Julio Jones, Sanu has played well and got into the end zone in his last three straight. In what’s likely to be a shoot out 2/1 about Sanu to score anytime is a great bit of value and one of the better anytime touchdown scorer super bowl bets.
Super Bowl 51 Predictions
The first half ends with over 28 combined points on the board. Pats lead, 19-17. Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu get 3rd quarter TD’s. Hogan and Amendola get second half touchdowns. And the Patriots defeat the Falcons on a last second field goal to win Super Bowl 51 by a score of 33-31.
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