There are a number of locks when it comes to prop bets in Super Bowl Li. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

10 Prop Bet Locks for Patriots-Falcons in Super Bowl LI

Prop Bet Locks for Super Bowl LI

February 5, 2017
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A big part of the Super Bowl viewing experience is not just watching the game, it’s having squares and also perhaps wagering on some prop bets.

Here are 10 prop bets that have a good chance of winning (odds are courtesy of Bovada).

1. Patriots first quarter points: over 7.

The Patriots are one of the best first quarter teams in football, averaging over eight points a game in the opening quarter. Although they haven’t scored in the first quarter in the previous six Super Bowls under Bill Belichick, this one feels different, especially with the 27th ranked Atlanta defense.

2. Dion Lewis total receiving yards: over 22.5.

New England’s running backs should have big games. This could be like Super Bowl XLIX when the top receiving target was Shane Vereen out of the backfield. Also look at James White over 25.5 yards.

3. Taylor Gabriel total receiving yards: over 47.5.

The Falcons are likely going to pass a lot and when it comes to the Patriots’ secondary, the opposition’s No. 3 receiver usually has a big game. The Patriots will likely focus their defense on Julio Jones, which could free up Gabriel for a solid night.

4. Tom Brady rushing yards: over 2.5.

This year more than any other year, Brady has shown the ability to make plays with his feet, and to get past the 2.5-yard mark all he needs his one scramble. Also, the quarterback has been known to be a fan of the quarterback sneak.

5. Tom Brady total completions: under 26.5.

Could be wrong on this one, but the Patriots could go with a heavy rushing attack against the Atlanta defense and limit Brady’s throws, as well as time on the field. In five out of his last six games, Brady has completed less than 26 passes.

6. Dion Lewis rushing attempts: over 9.5.

Lewis is going to have a big game and the Patriots could alternate between LeGarrette Blount and Lewis getting carries in the backfield. He’s received double-digit carries in four out of the last five games, as the team has continued to increase his work load each week since his return.

7. Dont’a Hightower tackles: under 5.

While Hightower is the leader of the Patriots’ defense, it doesn’t seem like this will be a big game for the signal-caller in terms of making tackles. Hightower’s strength is stopping the run and the Falcons likely won’t be running the ball much. Also, Hightower is still dealing with a shoulder injury, which saw his playing time dip against the Steelers in the AFC title game.

8. Will the word “lacrosse” be said on the broadcast?: yes.

Probably the lock of the century. Not only is it Chris Hogan’s back story, but big with Bill and Steve Belichick.

9. Times  “deflate” or “Deflategate” be used on the broadcast: over 1.5.

One of the biggest storylines of the game — the Patriots and Brady getting the ultimate revenge for what took place over the last two years and Brady being suspended the first four games. If Brady is in the MVP running, this might happen twice in the fourth quarter alone.

10. LeGarrette Blount rushing yards: over 57.5.

The Patriots will have a run-heavy attack against the weakness in the Atlanta defense and with Blount being the lead back this should happen.