- Super Bowl prop bets range in variety, but this bettor took a player prop bet for rushing yardage.
- With the Chiefs’ ability to move the ball quickly, some believe their ability to run the ball will prove true.
- One bettor, though, has the faith that the Niners defense will be able to limit the production of one running back.
MIAMI – With the Super Bowl being known for having the largest betting handle of any sporting event over the course of the year, the big bets are starting to roll in.
All week, sports fans have told their friends they would wager $100,000 or more on a certain Super Bowl betting line or prop bet, but few actually back up their claims (or have the ability to). The opposite is true for one New Jersey sports bettor, who placed $267,600 on a Super Bowl prop bet at FanDuel.
The potential payout – $492,200 – would see the bettor return nearly half-a-million dollars, as the odds presented for the prop were given at -118.
What was the prop? A wager on the total number of rushing yards (53.5) that Damien Williams will finish Super Bowl LIV with.
Bet Heavily On Damien Williams
Williams has been one of the many running backs on the Chiefs’ roster that has seen some action on the field this season. Playing in 11 regular-season games, Williams averaged roughly 45 yards per game on the ground.
However, only a few of these games (4) had him post over 30 yards, indicating that his average was inflated due to some high-yardage affairs.
On the season, Williams topped out at 125 yards for a game and broke the 100-yardage mark only one other time. Finishing two other games with 77 and 65 rushing yards, Williams has more commonly seen games where he finishes with single-digit carries.
This may have been the reason that the bettor of this Super Bowl prop took the under on Williams’ projected rushing total for Super Bowl LIV.
However, the bettor may become upset after the conclusion of the game, as some signs are pointing to Williams breaking this expected yardage mark.
The Impact of The Niners’ Defense
Everyone who has watched the NFL this season is fully aware of the 49ers’ abilities on defense. But is their defensive abilities to stop the run on par with their passing defense?
With the front four of the Niners, passing the ball will certainly be difficult for Patrick Mahomes, but regular season stats regarding the Niners show a different story for the ground game.
Despite finishing the season being noted as the best defense in the league, the 49ers allowed the 10th most first downs to opposing offenses due to running the ball. With the 10th most yards allowed per rush, the Niners have proven that it’s not a volume versus production argument.
Despite finishing the season with 401 carries against them (24th in the league), the team found themselves in the middle of the NFL for rushing yards allowed per game.
Will Williams be able to exploit this Niners defense or will Williams go off and make the bettor in New Jersey wish they never had the idea? Regardless of the result, Super Bowl LIV kicks off at 6:30 p.m. EST and will be broadcasted on FOX.
Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.