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More Super Bowl Prop Bets

Who's going to have the better game in Super Bowl XLV – Ben Roethlisberger or Aaron Rodgers? Figure that out and you could clean up on Super Bowl prop bets.

At Bovada they've come up with a ton of versus props pitting the Packers against the Steelers, but we're more interested in the quarterback props: Rodgers vs. Roethlisberger.

Let's start with passing yards, where Rodgers is being handed a 35.5-yard spread by the oddsmakers. Surprisingly, during the regular season Roethlisberger actually averaged more passing yards with 266.7 per game compared to Rodgers' 263.

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During the playoffs it's been a different story. In two playoff games the Steelers' pivot has averaged only 179.5 passing yards, while Rodgers has averaged 263 yards per game during the Packers' playoff run. That is a difference of 83.5 yards, so even with the 35.5-yard spread Rodgers looks like the smart pick in the Super Bowl.

For completions Rodgers is the favorite again at Bovada and has been handed a small spread of four completions. In his career Rodgers has been slightly more accurate than Roethlisberger with a 64.4 pass percentage compared to Big Ben's 63.1%. The real number to look at here, though, is pass attempts.

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This season Rodgers averaged 32 pass attempts per game, while Roethlisberger averaged only 20. If they have a near-equal pass percentage then Rodgers is obviously going to complete more passes than Ben with more attempts. Will it be more than four though? We think so, and will go with Rodgers here too.

Finishing off our look at QB Super Bowl props is rushing yards. Once again Rodgers is the favorite with a 7.5-yard spread. Rodgers has been known to take off when the pocket breaks down, but he still only averaged 18.7 rushing yards per game this season. Roethlisberger put up an average of 16 rushing yards per game, which is pretty close to Rodgers.

With Rodgers also facing the Steelers' No. 1 run defense we'll take Roethlisberger, especially with a 7.5-yard spread.

Away from the player props, one of the more interesting Super Bowl bets that Bovada has running for this weekend is a selection of cross-sport wagers. This means you'll be betting on the Super Bowl in conjunction with another sport.

One of them that caught our eye is the Steelers winning the Super Bowl and the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup at +1000. The last time the Steelers won the Super Bowl in 2009 this prop would have paid out because that was also a year the Penguins hoisted the Cup.

The Pens remain a legitimate Cup contender and this prop looks worthy of at least a couple bucks, since the payoff would be so huge.

That's not the only Pittsburgh cross-sport prop that looks like a smart cheap bet. Also available at +900 is the Steelers win the Super Bowl, the Penguins beat the Capitals on Sunday, and the Pirates win on Opening Day.

The Pirates are the weak link in the prop, but they have won their last two games on Opening Day and this year they get the Cubs. Last season Pittsburgh was 10-5 against the Cubs.

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