Super Bowl 51 Predictions You Must Take Seriously

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 2, 2017 in

is almost upon us, and if you want to lock down your bets for the most watched sporting event on the planet, you only have a few days left. Going into the big game, you probably already know that the Patriots are favored by three points and that the over/under total is set at 58-59 points, depending on which book you use. How can you choose which side of that point spread or that total? How do you know which Super Bowl 51 props make the most sense? Take a look at some of our carefully researched analysis of the predictions that people are making.

Super Bowl 51 Predictions You Must Take Seriously

There won’t be more than seven songs in the halftime show

The over/under total for this game is 7.5 songs. Seriously? Think about how many commercials are going to play during halftime — and think about the costume changes that Lady Gaga will have to make. I see this total topping out at MAYBE six songs. So that’s a prop that should bring you some cash.

Tom Brady will throw at least one interception

He’s thrown four in his six Super Bowl appearances. One came against Carolina, with under eight minutes on the clock in the fourth quarter. The Pats were up five and sat on the Carolina 9, with a chance to ice the game. Brady took some pressure and heaved up a ball that Reggie Howard picked off for the Panthers, and then Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme found Muhsin Muhammad on a bomb for an 85-yard touchdown. Adam Vinatieri kicked the field goal late to win the game for the Patriots.

You might say that Brady was young then, but he did something similar in Super Bowl XLIX. People remember that Super Bowl for the pick that Russell Wilson threw to Malcolm Butler in the waning seconds of the game, but Brady had led the Patriots down to the Seattle 10 yard line on the second drive of the game. Under pressure, Brady threw a pick. So given the stellar pass rush that the Falcons bring, it won’t surprise me to see Brady hurl an interception under pressure. Will the Falcons be able to capitalize?

The Falcons’ secondary will get burned badly…at least twice

The defensive backs for Atlanta are hungry…speedy…and young. They close quickly on the ball and hit wide receivers hard. However, an aggressive unit like this can be tricked into making mistakes and blowing coverages. No one is better at exploiting tendencies like that than Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick. So expect to see some route combinations and trick plays that end with Julian Edelman or Dion Lewis streaking to paydirt, with a couple of Falcon defenders in their wake.