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Peyton Manning the Focus of Top Super Bowl 50 Betting Props

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All eyes will be on quarterback Peyton Manning when the five-time NFL MVP leads the Denver Broncos into action against the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50 as 5.5-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Manning will be making his fourth career Super Bowl appearance in Sunday’s matchup at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a +275 bet on the odds to win the Super Bowl MVP award for the second time in his career, trailing only Panthers pivot Cam Newton who remains perched as -130 chalk to claim the honor this weekend.

It proved to be a less than stellar regular season for Manning, who threw for a career-low 2,249 yards and nine touchdowns while being hampered by a nagging foot injury that resulted in him missing six contests.

That has led to rampant speculation that the Super XLI MVP will wrap up his illustrious career following Sunday’s matchup, with +500 odds on the Super Bowl 50 props that Manning will announce his retirement in a postgame interview, and +600 odds of the quarterback being overcome by emotion and shedding a tear live on television.

Manning silenced the naysayers in the Broncos’ 20-18 victory over New England last week, powering the Denver offense to a pair of early touchdown scores and a lead that the club would not relinquish en route to their second AFC Championship Game victory over the Patriots in the past three years.

The 39-year-old’s two touchdown throws against New England ended a three-game stretch in which Manning failed to connect with a receiver in the end zone, and just the sixth game this season that he completed a scoring pass.

Those struggles are reflected in the Super Bowl quarterbacks props at the sportsbooks, where the line on total touchdown passes thrown by Manning on Sunday is set at 1.5, with the UNDER favored with -125 odds.

Manning’s passing yardage has also dropped off this season, cracking 300 yards in a game just twice after shattering that mark on seven occasions in 2014. The Broncos pivot has averaged just 199 passing yards per game in this year’s playoffs, but is a -125 favorite to throw OVER 235.5 yards against the Panthers.

Interceptions were too common this year for Manning, who tossed 17 picks on just 331 attempts during the regular season. Not surprisingly, Manning is a -225 bet to throw at least one pick on Sunday, while the odds of him making OVER 35.5 attempts are pegged at -125.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app