Continuing in our multi-part series looking at NFL betting and Super Bowl XLIV props, here’s the latest on a cool new one available in the Sports Interaction online sportsbook — players to score a touchdown anytime during the contest. That’s right — they cross the plain for six points, you win.
First, a quick rundown of each team’s leading TD scorers for the regular season:
RB Joseph Addai is the most dangerous threat to score, probably the reason why he’s listed as the game’s overall favourite (1.53). Addai ran for 10 TDs and caught three more during the regular season — those 13 combined scores led the Colts. TE Dallas Clark (1.83) and WR Reggie Wayne (1.53) both had 10 regular season receiving touchdowns, followed by WR Austin Collie (2.10) with seven and WR Pierre Garcon (2.10) with four. If you’re looking for a sleeper pick, have a glance at backup RB Donald Brown, at 2.10. He didn’t see a ton of action this year due to his rookie status and a few niggling injuries, but his production per touch was quite impressive. Brown scored three TDs on just 78 carries and was a nice addition in the passing game — while he didn’t find the end zone, he did catch 11 balls for 169 yards, a 15.4 yards-per-catch average.
The Saints had the highest-scoring offenses in football and did it through spreading the ball around, so there are a lot of candidates to score in Super Bowl XLIV. The leading scorers on the year were WRs Robert Meachem (3.00) and Marquest Colston (2.00), both of whom finished with nine TDs. The most versatile options are RBs Pierre Thomas (1.72) and Reggie Bush (2.25) — Thomas finished as the team’s leading rusher (793 yards, six TDs) and a very productive receiver (39 catches, two TDs) while Bush scored eight TDs this year despite only touching the ball 117 times. The problem with wagering on New Orleans in this type of prop bet, though, is that nearly everybody on the team is capable of scoring touchdowns. Guys like David Thomas, Darnell Dinkins, Devery Henderson, Lance Moore, Heath Evans, Mike Bell and Lynell Hamilton all have found the end zone this season…and we haven’t even mentioned starting TE Jeremy Shockey (2.62) yet — he had 569 receiving yards and three TDs this year.
What about the QBs?
Peyton Manning (8.00) isn’t really much of a threat to cross the plain himself. While he does have 17 rushing TDs in his career, he only had one in 2008-09 and went this entire regular season and postseason without scoring one. It’d be something of a shock if he pulled a rabbit out of his hat in Super Bowl XLIV and decided to carry one in himself, but stranger things have happened.
Drew Brees (7.00) is the more mobile quarterback, but by no means a scrambler or one who relies on his feet to make plays. Brees has two rushing TDs this season, although both game in a Week 6 win in Miami, and for his career he’s carried across the goal line just seven times.
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