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Super Bowl 50 features a pair of contrasting quarterbacks as Cam Newton and Peyton Manning try to lead their teams to the promise land. Newton is the new breed of quarterback; built like a running back, runs like a wide receiver and has a cannon for an arm. Manning is one of the all-time greatest quarterbacks who has excelled by dissecting defenses with his mind more than any other tool.
Newton is close to becoming the next best quarterback in the NFL and Manning is looking to go out on top.
With so many different storylines surrounding the quarterback clash in Super Bowl 50, let's look at the multitude of prop bets pertaining to the signal callers.
Total Passing Yards
Newton has his total for passing yards set at 237.5 at Sportsbook. The Auburn alum has averaged 240.8 passing yards per game through the regular season and the playoffs, but has topped the 240-yard mark in five of his past seven games. Newton will be facing the top ranked passing defense in the NFL as the Broncos have held teams to 200 yards through the air, but they have given up a combined 603 passing yards in two playoff games.
Manning has his total set at 235.5, a plateau he has surpassed just five times this season. Peyton has not thrown more than 222 yards in one game since November 8. The Panthers passing D has been solid, ranking in the top half of the NFL in that category.
Total Passing Touchdowns
Both Newton and Manning have their total number of passing touchdowns set at 1.5. The Panthers quarterback has thrown for two or more touchdowns in 61 percent of his games this season, but has alternated OVER and UNDER 1.5 touchdowns in the past four games. In 18 games this season, Denver has only allowed 21 touchdowns through the air.
Peyton has struggled this season and has only thrown multiple touchdowns in four of the 12 games he appeared in. Josh Norman and the Panthers’ secondary have allowed multiple touchdowns just once in their past five games.
Total Interceptions Thrown
Much has been made of Manning’s turnover issues this season as the elder statesman has thrown 17 interceptions in 12 games. Peyton has been much better during the playoffs though as the quarterback has not thrown a single pick yet. The Panthers employ a ball hawking secondary that led the NFL in interceptions this year, with Kurt Coleman registering a team-leading seven picks.
Newton has only thrown 11 picks this season across 545 passing attempts. As great as the Denver defense has been this season, they have only been okay at generating interceptions. The Broncos have only picked off an opposing quarterback in four of their past 11 contests.