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The Best Defense and Special Teams Prop Bets for Super Bowl 53

Best Defense/Special Teams Prop Bets SB 53

College football coach Bear Bryant coined the phrase “defense wins championships.” The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots are both hoping that their defense will be up to the task at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. The Pats fared better in the regular season, limiting their opponents to the seventh-fewest points per game, while the Rams ranked 20th in that category. But which defense will help increase your bankroll with turnovers? I give my insight on where there’s value.

The Rams Created the Third-Most Turnovers

Los Angeles may have surrendered 24.0 points per game – only 12 teams were worse – but it also created a lot of havoc for its opponents by generating turnovers. The Rams finished third in the league with 30 takeaways this season, including the third-most interceptions, three of which got returned for a TD.

They also had 14 forced fumbles, 12 of which were recovered to rank in a tie for fourth in the NFL. Offensively, LA ranked in a tie for 11th in giveaways at 19, with a dozen of them being interceptions from the hand of QB Jared Goff, which were tied for the ninth-most. In the playoffs, the Rams have just one takeaway, an interception off Drew Brees, and they also have committed only one turnover, in the form of a Goff interception throw.

Patriots Were a Top-10 Ranked Defense

New England allowed just 20.3 points per game this season for the No. 7 mark in the league while finishing in a tie for the fifth-most takeaways with 28. Of the takeaways, 18 were interceptions, tied for third-most with the Rams, and 10 were fumble recoveries, ranking 12th.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Pats tied for the seventh-fewest turnovers at 18, with Tom Brady tossing 11 interceptions, finishing in a tie for 15th in the league. In the playoffs, the Pats have created just one turnover thus far, when the Chargers’ Desmond King had a muffed punt recovered by New England. Meanwhile, Brady has thrown two picks, both against Kansas City.

My Best Defense/Special Teams Prop Picks

Total Punts in the Game – UNDER 7.5 (-135). Both teams are doing a tremendous job continuing drives in the postseason with New England clicking at 61 percent in third-down conversions, ranking first, while Los Angeles is converting on 41 percent of its third downs. Additionally, both teams have strong run games that will chew up the clock, leading to less time for punts.

Team to Record the First Turnover in the Game – New England Patriots Commit First Turnover (-110). Tom Brady threw 11 picks this season, the second-most for him since 2011, and he has thrown two in these playoffs. The Rams created the third-most interceptions this season and they like to get after the QB as Aaron Donald led the league in QB hits.

Total Tackles and Assists – Cory Littleton OVER 8.0 (-130). Littleton had 12 games, including the playoffs, in which he had eight or more combined tackles. The Pats don’t air the ball out that much, electing for shorter quicker passes to move the chains, and I think this approach will allow the linebacker to have ample opportunity to make tackles.

Take a look at the full list of all the props for Super Bowl 53

Here’s a look at the full list of defense/special team prop bets:

Will a Special Teams or Defensive TD be scored?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +180
  • No -220

A fake FG or fake punt which results in a TD by the team that snapped the ball is considered an offensive TD.

Total points Stephen Gostkowski (NE)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 8.5 -125
  • UNDER 8.5 -105
Total points Greg Zuerlein (LA)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 8.5 -125
  • UNDER 8.5 -105
Will there be a kickoff return for a td in the game?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes (Kickoff Return for a TD) +700
  • No (Kickoff Return for a TD) -1400
Will any Johnny Hekker Punt result in a touchback?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes (Any Punt is a Touchback) +240
  • No (No Touchback) -300
Will Greg Zuerlein’s First kickoff result in a touchback?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes (First Kickoff Touchback) -295
  • No (First Kickoff Touchback) +235
Will Stephen Gostkowski’s first kickoff result in a touchback?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes (First Kickoff Touchback) +110
  • No (First Kickoff Touchback) -140
Will There be a safety in the game?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +525
  • No -850
Will There be a safety in the First Half?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes - 1H +850
  • No - 1H -1700
Will There be a safety in the Second half?

Odds as of February 13at Bovada

  • Yes - 2H +850
  • No - 2H -1700
Team to recover first lost fumble in the game

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • New England Patriots Recover First Lost Fumble -115
  • Los Angeles Rams Recover First Lost Fumble -115
Team to record the first turnover in the game

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • New England Patriots Commit First Turnover -110
  • Los Angeles Rams Commit First Turnover -120
The first turnover of the game will be?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Fumble +135
  • Interception -130
  • No Turnover in Game +650
Total Interceptions in the game

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 1.5 -130
  • UNDER 1.5 EVEN
Will there be a blocked punt in the game?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes (Blocked Punt) +600
  • No (Blocked Punt) -1000
Will there be a punt return for a td in the game?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes (Punt Return for a TD) +700
  • No (Punt Return for a TD) -1400
Total Punts in the Game 

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 7.5 +105
  • UNDER 7.5 -135
Team to punt first in the game

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • New England Patriots -115
  • Los Angeles Rams -115
Total Punts in the game - New England Patriots

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 3.5 -120
  • UNDER 3.5 -110
Total Punts in the game - Los Angeles Rams 

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 3 -165
  • UNDER 3 +135
Distance of shortest punt in the game - New England Patriots

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 36.5 -115
  • UNDER 36.5 -115
Distance of first punt in the game - New England Patriots

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 44.5 -125
  • UNDER 44.5 -105
Distance of longest punt in the game - new england patriots

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 53.5 -115
  • UNDER 53.5 -115
distance of shortest punt in the game - Los Angeles rams

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 37.5 -115
  • UNDER 37.5 -115
distance of first punt in the game - los angeles rams

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 45.5 -115
  • UNDER 45.5 -115
Distance of longest punt in the game - los angeles rams

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 54.5 -120
  • UNDER 54.5 -110
Total qb sacks

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 3.5 -130
  • UNDER 3.5 EVEN
Total qb sacks - new england patriots

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 1.5 -180
  • UNDER 1.5 +150
Total QB Sacks - los angeles rams

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 1.5 -155
  • UNDER 1.5 +125
Team to record the first qb sack in the game

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • New England Patriots -120
  • Los Angeles Rams -110
Total tackles and assists - Dont’a Hightower (NE)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 3.0 -140
  • UNDER 3.0 +110
Total tackles and assists - Mark Barron (LA)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 5.5 -140
  • UNDER 5.5 +110
Total tackles and assists - Lamarcus joyner (LA)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 5.0 -120
  • UNDER 5.0 -110
Total tackles and assists - aaron Donald (LA)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 4.5 +120
  • UNDER 4.5 -150
Total tackles and assists - John Johnson (LA)

Odds as of February 13at Bovada

  • OVER 7.0 -115
  • UNDER 7.0 -115
Total tackles and assists - cory littleton (LA)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 8.0 -140
  • UNDER 8.0 +110
Total tackles and assists - devin mccourty (NE)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 5.5 -115
  • UNDER 5.5 -115
Total tackles and Assists - Ndamukong Suh (LA)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 4.5 EVEN
  • UNDER 4.5 -130
Total tackles and assists - kyle van noy (NE)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 6.0 -140
  • UNDER 6.0 +110
Total tackles and assists - Patrick Chung (NE)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 5.5 -125
  • UNDER 5.5 -105
Total tackles and assists - trey flowers (NE)

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • OVER 3.5 -140
  • UNDER 3.5 +110
Will Stephon Gilmore (NE) Intercept a pass?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +325
  • No -450
Will Patrick Chung (NE) intercept a pass?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +500
  • No -800
Will jonathan jones (NE) intercept a pass?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +500
  • No -800
will J.C. Jackson (NE) intercept a pass?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +400
  • No -600
Will Marcus Peters (LA) Intercept a Pass?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +375
  • No -550
Will Lamarcus Joyner (LA) intercept a pass?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +575
  • No -950
Will John Johnson (LA) Intercept a pass?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +450
  • No -650 
Will Aqib Talib (LA) Intercept a Pass?

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

  • Yes +350
  • No -500

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