By: Joe Berra
Super Bowl 50 has come and gone and it leaves with it a few answers and a few questions. For me, it brought me money! Did you read and more importantly follow my Super Bowl pick? I talked about the high scoring Panther offense and their opportunistic defense in my Super Bowl 50 | What Side Are You On article. But I also explained how none of that matters when you’re in the big game.
Whether or not we’ve seen the last of Peyton Manning behind center, I’m sure all his teammates knew his plans, and if yesterday was Peyton’s last game, you know his team played their asses off for him, their coach and every warm blooded man in that locker room.
You could see right from the Panthers opening drive that the moment was too big for their young QB right now. After the Broncos drove 64 yards on their opening drive, resulting in a 34-yard Brandon McManus field goal, watching Carolina go three and out, you could see the tone being set for the game. It only got worse from there after the Denver defense forced their first of four turnovers, resulting in the game’s first touchdown.
The 10-0 deficit proved to be one the Panthers could never claw their way out of. The relentless Denver defense pressured and pressured Cam Newton all day and ended the night with seven sacks, 13 quarterback hits, three lost fumbles (two by Cam) and an interception. They kept the best offense in the NFL this year off-balance the whole game.
Even though Carolina had 10 more first downs than Denver (21-11) and had 121 more total yards (315-194), the Broncos came up with the big play every time they needed it, eventually destroying them 24-10 as a 6-point underdog.
I threw down hard on the Broncos moneyline, and if you didn’t, you’re crazy. What I couldn’t believe was when I checked the lines at the half, Denver was still getting no respect. They were a 4½-point dog with a +210 moneyline…so of course I doubled down on the Broncos and threw a little more wood on the fire to keep daddy warm!
Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller had a hell of a game with 6 total tackles (5 solo), 2.5 sacks, 2 QB hurries/hits and a pass defended. But you just can’t discount the impact DeMarcus Ware had either. He finished the game with 5 tackles (3 solo), 2 sacks, 2 tackles for losses and 4 quarterback hits. He was in Cam’s grill all game! Ware is one of the guys I’m really happy to see finally get a ring; one of the good guys in the game.
For those of you that follow me and my picks, you know I also hit on my second favorite going into the Waste Management Open in Arizona. I had Bubba my number one guy this week followed by the winner Hideki Matsuyama, who I got at +1750. For those of you that don’t know what that means, for every $100 you bet, you win $1750. I really liked Matsuyama this week, so I turned his win into $1750 on top of going 3 out of 4 in my Super Bowl wagers.
My picks in my Waste Management Open | Preview and Picks all did well, with Matsuyama winning, J.B. Holmes T6, Bubba and Webb Simpson T14, Brendan Steele T17, Ryan Palmer T24 with Graham DeLaet the only one letting me down after he missed the cut. Like and share Ask the Bookie’s official Facebook page to have access to the rest of my Wednesday golf picks as soon as they become available.
For those wondering, besides my Broncos moneyline wagers, both the game and second half, I also teased the Broncos (+13) and the UNDER (50½) for the win. The lone loss I took on Super Bowl Sunday was a Hail Mary $20 wager on the score to be tied at the half. Follow me on twitter @thejoeberra to join me and the long train dance on our way to the top!