Super Bowl LI Odds: Exotic Props for Sunday include Trump, Goodell, Gronk

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With Tom Brady back in the Super Bowl and Donald Trump two weeks into his presidency, there are no end of exotic props for Super Bowl LI at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The vast majority of viewers for the NFL championship game between Brady’s New England Patriots and the Matt Ryan-led Atlanta Falcons, which takes place at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, aren’t football experts. The side props pertaining to the presentation of the game are an opportunity for real fun.

For instance, one exotic prop is what will be the greater number, the pocket-bound Brady’s rushing yardage or President Trump’s interview with Bill O’Reilly, in minutes? The odds there are -250 on Trump and +170 on Brady, who had minus-one rushing yard in each of the Patriots’ AFC playoff victories.

The odds are -1000 on Trump picking the Patriots to win the game and +550 that he will pick the Falcons. One should remember that 30 years ago, Trump bet on the United States Football League challenging the NFL. New England is projected to win the game at PredictionMachine.com, and is a field-goal favorite for the contest at the sportsbooks.

The over/under on Deflategate mentions, in reference to Brady’s suspension, is 1.5.

In an exotic prop related to the supposed tension between the Patriots and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the odds are -175 that either owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick or Brady will be shown on TV shaking hands with Goodell.

There are +250 odds on a player being seen kneeling during the national anthem on TV, with -400 on the No prop. And oddsmakers appear to be counting on an obligatory commentary reference to Patriots WR Chris Hogan’s unique path to the NFL, since there are only +170 odds that “lacrosse” will be stated on TV.

The over/under on broadcaster mentions of injured superstar Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is 3.0. The game is also being played in the home stadium of another star whose season was cut short by injury, and there is an over/under of 1.0 on broadcast mentions of Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt.

Among the exotic props related to the game, the odds are +550 that the teams will combine for 76 points to set a record for the highest-scoring Super Bowl.

Oddsmakers are giving +500 odds that either Brady or Ryan will record 415 or more passing yards to break the Super Bowl record. Kurt Warner’s standard of 414 has stood since 2000.

Each team has a wide receiver – Julian Edelman on the Patriots and Mohamed Sanu on the Falcons – who played quarterback in his younger days. The odds are +250 on a player other than Brady or Ryan recording a pass attempt.

Falcons set to duel Packers as betting favorites on Sunday Night Football

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The Atlanta Falcons might never live down their Super Bowl LI collapse, but that was one game and Matt Ryan and cohorts are reliable when they are laying points.

The Falcons are listed as three-point favorites on the NFL Week 2 odds against the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers with a 55.5-point total in their Sunday Night Football matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Falcons are 7-0 straight-up and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite, as well as 7-1 both SU and ATS in their last eight games in Week 2. The Packers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games against the NFC South division.

The teams’ last three matchups, including last season’s NFC Championship Game, have had totals of 65, 65 and 80 points.

Green Bay, which is 1-0 SU and ATS, can likely count on Rodgers continuing his success (325.6 yards/game in seven career games) against Atlanta. Having WR Jordy Nelson, who was out all last season, available this time around should help Green Bay move the ball. They will have to contend with Atlanta being deep on the defensive line, particularly in the interior where it’s added DT Dontari Poe. Getting pressure up the middle is usually about the only way to disrupt Rodgers.

Two of Rodgers’ primary protectors, LT David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and RT Bryan Bulaga (ankle/illness) have not had a full week of practice. Their health will factor in whether the Packers extend a trend of being 9-1 SU over their last 10 games.

The main concern for Atlanta, which is 1-0 SU and 0-1 ATS, is that it bogged down in the rushing phase during its Week 1 road win against the Chicago Bears, as RG Wes Schweitzer in particular struggled. However, notwithstanding disruptive DT Mike Daniels, Green Bay doesn’t appear to be as deep in the front seven at Chicago.

When Atlanta clears space for RB Devonta Freeman and RB Tevin Coleman to get going, Ryan and the passing game is that much more dangerous.

Julio Jones and fellow WRs such as Taylor Gabriel will have a tougher matchup than they did in the NFC Championship Game in January, now that CB Davon House and CB Damarious Randall have shored up the Packers’ secondary. Ultimately, Atlanta just has too many dangerous receivers to be shut down totally.

The total has gone over in seven of the Packers’ last eight games, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in four of the Falcons’ last five games in September.

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Best Fantasy Football waiver wire pick-ups for Week 2

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Welcome to the 2nd edition of Waiver Wired for the 2017 season. The opening weekend did not produce a large number of injuries, but that will not help ease the pain of David Johnson, Allen Robinson, and Danny Woodhead owners. Kevin White owners were already in pain at having Kevin White on their team, but his injury is yet another blow. Unfortunately for Robinson and White, their seasons are already over, although there is a slight chance White makes a late-season return. Johnson’s and Woodhead’s timelines are less certain, but both likely will miss significant time. All of that added to several surprise performances creates a hectic situation on the Week 2 wire.

As a reminder, the drop list consists of players who are no longer must-owns, recommended adds are available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, the watch list consists of players who are worthy of a roster spot if possible, and deep cuts are players owned in five percent or fewer of Yahoo leagues.

The Drop List
QB: Andy Dalton
RB:
Eddie Lacy, Darren McFadden
WR:
Allen Robinson, Kevin White
TE: 
C.J. Fiedorowicz

There were concerns about how Dalton would fare behind a bad offensive line, and at least through one week, those seem legitimate. With the Texans coming to town on Thursday night, Dalton is almost impossible to trust this week, and he is not good enough to stash on the bench. Even with Thomas Rawls out, Lacy only played seven snaps against the Packers. He looks done. McFadden was a surprise inactive Week 1, and it looks like Alfred Morris has earned the backup job behind Ezekiel Elliott. There are not any receivers owned in enough leagues I feel comfortable calling a drop, so I will take the cop out with the injured guys. After suffering a concussion Week 1, Fiedorowicz is unlikely to play on a short week, and he is not good enough to stash.

Quarterbacks
1. Alex Smith
2. Sam Bradford
3. Tyrod Taylor

Running Backs
1. Tarik Cohen
2. Buck Allen
3. Chris Carson
4. James White
5. Kerwynn Williams
6. Alvin Kamara
7. Chris Johnson
8. Darren Sproles
9. Andre Ellington

Wide Receivers
1. Corey Davis
2. Kenny Golladay
3. Cooper Kupp
4. Nelson Agholor
5. Danny Amendola
6. Paul Richardson
7. Marqise Lee
8. Zay Jones
9. Kendall Wright
10. Markus Wheaton
11. Allen Hurns

Tight Ends
1. Cameron Brate
2. Jared Cook
3. Charles Clay
4. Julius Thomas

Defense/Special Teams
1. Ravens
2. Bengals
3. Raiders
Looking Ahead: Packers

Kickers
1. Giorgio Tavecchio
2. Cairo Santos
3. Phil Dawson
Looking Ahead: Graham Gano