All week we’ll be posting at least one blog a day on the Super Bowl. During the week, we’ll feature articles on the defenses, top players, prop bets and more. The day before Super Bowl LI kicks off, early Saturday morning, we’ll post our picks, including point spread and over/under bets. For now, here are a few fast thoughts on these teams.
Top Offense vs. Stingiest Defense
In those five Super Bowls with the highest scoring offense against the defense that allowed the fewest points, the team with the better defense has won four of five times. The only anomaly occurred in 1989 when San Francisco beat Denver.
A big question for sports bettors is will this affect the over/under? Right now, the over/under stands at anywhere from 58 to 59.5 points. By the way, Atlanta has a solid D and the Pats offer a very fine offense. Those two facts may really balance off this game.
First Drive: Offense and Defense
Third Down Magic
It’s been tough for opponents to stop either Brady or Ryan on third down. Brady has the best conversion rate on third down in the NFL and Ryan is second. Brady’s rating on third down plays is 132.8. For the Pats, Brady is converting 51.8 percent of his third-down passes. Ryan has a grade of 120.6, and he’s converting on 49.7 percent of his third-down throws. Those numbers make each team’s defensive performance even more crucial.
More to Come Before Super Bowl LI Kicks Off
There’s a lot more to come before Super Bowl LI kicks off next Sunday. Our next article will consider some of the types of plays that have helped to make each of these team’s so successful. You’ll want to consider these plays when wagering on the Super Bowl.