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There are endless Peyton Manning questions ahead of Super Bowl 50, most concerning how he will play and whether the living legend will ever play in the NFL again.
The 39-year-old Manning coaxed a couple touchdowns out of his famed right arm in the AFC championship game to help the Denver Broncos ride their top-ranked defense to Sunday’s Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium against Cam Newton and the favored Carolina Panthers.
Manning was interception-free in both AFC playoff games, but the Panthers had 30 INT during the regular season and MLB Luke Kuechley had pick-six TDs in both NFC playoff wins. There are -115 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com for both Manning throwing an interception before he throws a TD – and vice-versa.
Manning is second favorite in MVP odds at +275, but light-years away from Newton at -130.
There is a +500 prop on Manning announcing his retirement in his postgame interview and -1000 on him demurring from sharing that news.
On the field, the over/under on Manning’s passing yards is 235.5, with -105 Over odds and -125 Under. Manning has outputs of 222 and 176 during the playoffs. He exceeded 235.5 yards in six of nine regular-season starts, but only two of those were against playoff teams.
There are +175 odds on Manning reaching 300 yards, and +500 on him reaching 350. Manning’s season high is 340 and he has only two 300-yard games. The Panthers, over 18 games, have allowed only four teams to amass 300-plus yards. The opposing QBs in those games? Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, and Jameis Winston during a Week 17 game when the Panthers rested starters after clinching home-field advantage in the NFC.
The over/under for Manning TD passes is 1.5, with a -125 under prop and -105 over. He has had only four multiple-TD efforts in 11 starts, including the AFC title game. The over/under for Manning’s TD passes in each quarter is 0.5, with the odds generally supporting the notion that he might fare better later in the game against the typically fast-starting Panthers.
In total TD props, there are +150 odds on Manning having one TD pass and +200 for zero. There is +275 for two, +600 for three and +2000 for four on the Super Bowl 50 props list.
The over/under on Manning’s pass attempts is 35.5, with a -125 Over prop and -105 under. He averaged 34.5 attempts in the AFC playoff games, even though Denver played with the lead for the majority of the time.
Manning has been intercepted in each of his past two Super Bowl losses, and had 17 in the Broncos’ first nine regular-season games before being benched. The over/under on Manning picks is 0.5, with a -225 Over prop and -185 under.
Manning actually had a playoff career high 11 rushing yards in the AFC title game. The over/under on Manning rushing yards is 0.5, with a -200 under prop and +160 for the over. Quarterback kneeldowns are counted in NFL individual rushing stats.