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Peyton Manning’s favoured receiver to reap Super Bowl rewards

| 31.01.2014

Within the battle to win Super Bowl XLVIII are the individual tussles that will shape who claims ultimate victory. For Ladbrokes customers, those contests form the perfect betting strategy for the big match, in the player props section.

With that in mind here are a couple of the best bets to make in that department:

Russell Wilson to have more rushing yards than Montee Ball @ 1/1

Wilson is very much a modern day quarterback. Athletic, mobile and nimble, the Seahawks’ number three is equally capable of running for a big gain than he is of passing it up the field for a first down.

Running the football is the modus operandi for the Seahawks – they attempted 509 rushes compared to 420 pass plays during the regular season – and Wilson is very much a part of that.

Behind Marshawn Lynch, who is the Seahawks’ burly running back, Wilson rushed for 539 yards during the season on 96 attempts. That is just 20 less than opponent in this market, Ball, despite the Broncos’ backup RB attempting 24 more runs than Wilson.

With the Broncos understandably relying on Peyton Manning’s arm on offensive plays it’s a fantastic price that Wilson out runs Ball in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Demaryius Thomas to have the most receptions @ 3/1

Like the previous bet, this is cracking value. That the Broncos are a passing team is governed by the fact that they have a future Hall of Fame quarterback at their disposal with four high-quality targets to choose from.

While it’s fair to say that Manning shares the love, he certainly does have a number one target, and that is Thomas.

The wide receiver caught 92 passes during the season, five more than fellow 3/1 favourite, teammate Wes Welker, and some way clear of the Seahawks’ top target, Golden Tate, who caught 64.

Not only did Thomas catch the most passes, he was also given the most opportunity to. Manning threw to his number one receiver 143 times during the regular season, more than anyone else on the Broncos roster, so it makes the 3/1 on Thomas leading the Super Bowl in receptions great betting sense.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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