He’s been named to the Pro Bowl and as an All-Pro. He’s the highest-paid tight end in football and has caught 177 passes over the last two regular seasons. He’s arguably Peyton Manning’s favourite target in the passing game.
So it’s fair to suggest Indianapolis Colts TE Dallas Clark will be a major figure in Super Bowl XLIV.
Currently, over at Sports Interaction’s online sportsbook, wagering on Clark’s production this Sunday is just one of the many Super Bowl prop bets available for public consumption. Right now, the targeted number is 60.5 receiving yards, with the Over being listed at 1.75 and the Under at 1.91. Let’s take a look at a few key statistics that will come in handy analyzing this type of NFL betting.
— 2009 was the best year of Clark’s career. He set personal highs in catches (100), yards (1106) and finished with 10 TDs, one shy of his career best. Most importantly, he played in all 16 regular-season contests for the first time in his career; Clark had been noted as an injury-prone TE, one that could make catches over the middle but would often take a lot of abuse doing so.
— One stat that jumps off the page: Clark’s yards-per-game average this regular season was 69.1. Only San Diego’s Antonio Gates had a higher average (72.3), but Gates simply didn’t see as many balls thrown his way as Clark did this year. No tight end did, as a matter of fact. Only one other TE in the NFL — Dallas’ Jason Witten — cracked the 90 catch plateau. So what you’re looking at with Clark is a guy who sees a lot of passes and racks up a lot of yardage.
— As expected, teams have keyed on Clark in the postseason. His numbers were slightly down in the Division and Conference Championship games (7 catches for 59 yards against Baltimore; 4 catches for 35 yards against the Jets), but he still managed to find the end zone once.
— Tight ends have had their fair share of success against the Saints this year, especially down the stretch and in the postseason. A few performances of note:
vs. Washington — Redskins TE Fred David caught five balls for 53 yards and a TD. vs. Atlanta x2 — Falcons TE had a total of 12 catches for 139 yards. vs. Minnesota (NFC Championship) — Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe had four catches for 83 yards.
So there you have it. If you’d like to check out the Super Bowl XLIV prop bet for Dallas Clark or other NFL betting options, head to Sports Interaction’s online sportsbook today!