Super Bowl Betting: Is This Peyton Manning’s Last Rodeo?
Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and with it comes ridiculous anticipation. Will Peyton Manning get his second ring and aid in getting the Broncos their third Super Bowl title? Can Carolina win their first title ever as an NFL franchise? And which of the two is the better bet?
Betting on the game and prop bets within the game are part of what makes the Super Bowl such a great event, and all of the drama built into only adds to the allure.
But there is drama built outside of this weekend’s intense Super Bowl clash, and it’s concerning one man: Peyton Manning.
Most believe this is the Denver Broncos star quarterback’s final game and he was even reportedly quoted as telling Patriots head coach Bill Belichick that this could be his “last rodeo“.
Manning has not said anything definitive, however, there actually was a report back in November that Manning wouldn’t retire after this season. Regardless, his play tailed off considerably during the 2015 regular season and he dealt with numerous injuries over the past two seasons. He did help the Broncos wrap up the AFC West title and #1 overall seed in the AFC, while also playing a role in getting them back to the Super Bowl for the second time since he joined the team.
All of that could point to a revitalized Manning, or it could display a legend’s last gasp in an attempt to go out on top. There have been rumors that Denver won’t be bringing Manning back with a gaudy salary, regardless of his decision. Other whispers suggest he has no intentions of continuing his playing career, win or lose this Sunday. And then there was the talk of the Rams showing serious interest in Manning’s availability heading into 2016.
Speculation about Manning’s future will only grow throughout Sunday, as there is even a prop bet as to whether or not he actually calls it quits during his exit interview after the game. That’s unlikely to happen, but a better bet could be whether or not Manning plays again next year.
Fans can take such a bet, with the actual bet on Peyton Manning’s retirement being whether or not he will be on a team when the 2016 season starts, versus him not being on a team. Depending on where you go, the odds are naturally going to be very heavily in favor of Manning not returning in 2016. In other words, if you have good reason to believe he’s not done just yet, you wouldn’t need to place much money down in order to see a pretty nice pay day. Betting the other way, that Manning is indeed done, would carry a small prize, which would ask for a pretty big bet for you to win big.
In other words, it may not be worth betting if you agree that Manning is done, as logic suggests. If you think Manning could “pull a Favre” or has enough reason to return (chase another title, add records, etc), then you could go for it and bet on Manning playing again next year.
Our take? Manning is toast. It’s certainly not impossible that he could return, but he’s said all along he’d only want to play as long as he knew he could perform at a high level. He put up an ugly 9:17 TD:INT ration this year and hasn’t been 100% healthy for two years. Add in all of this HGH talk, and he might just be sick of the whole scene. If we’re betting on Manning’s future, we’re banking on this being his final ride, regardless of the outcome.
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