Edwards likes multiple props on Bengals’ Burrow, McPherson

Joe Burrow has led the Bengals to seven straight spread covers.

The Cincinnati Bengals are in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989 thanks to the heroics of second-year quarterback Joe Burrow and rookie kicker Evan McPherson.

Both young stars have a couple of proposition bets that look attractive. To be clear, though, I want to stress that I only put small amounts on prop bets.

In other words, most of my Super Bowl bankroll will be focused on my main play. I call it my sink-or-swim selection.

That play is the Bengals +4.5 points vs. the Rams. I’ll have about 75-80 percent of what I’m risking on that wager.

Whether you agree with my thoughts on the Bengals or not is irrelevant. I still suggest that bettors put most of their risk on one big play. That can be the side or the total, or maybe even just one prop you’re extremely bullish on?

Whatever the case, play it like that and then just get involved with various props for small amounts. In that scenario, you can shake off prop-bet losers and feel secure in winning or losing overall based on your sink-or-swim play.

Cincinnati has covered the spread in seven straight games, winning six of those games outright. The lone defeat came in the regular-season finale when all of the Bengals’ stars like Burrow, Joe Mixon and Ja’Marr Chase rested in preparation for the postseason.

Zac Taylor’s club has been an underdog 11 times this year, producing an 8-3 spread record with seven outright wins.

The main reason I’m on the Bengals is Burrow, who has a stellar 15/2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in their last eight games. I trust him more than Matt Stafford.

As for the props, we saw Burrow take off five times for 25 rushing yards in his team’s overtime win at Kansas City. Two of those scrambles came at crunch time for first downs in third-down situations.

My main factor in liking Burrow to go ‘over’ 2.5 rushing attempts and 11.5 rushing yards is this: I think the Rams’ defensive line has a big advantage over the Bengals’ mediocre offensive line.

Therefore, I suspect that Burrow will sense pressure at least three times and attempt to make plays with his legs. He is a far superior scrambler than L.A.’s last two opposing QBs in Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.

McPherson is 12-of-12 on field-goal attempts in the playoffs, including a pair of walk-off, game-winning kicks. The University of Florida product has buried at least two FGAs in nine of Cincinnati’s last 10 games, drilling 29-of-31 kicks during that span. Furthermore, he’s accounted for at least nine points in nine of the Bengals’ last 10 games.

Nevertheless, McPherson’s total for field goals made is only 1.5 and his ‘over/under’ for points is merely 7.5. I like the ‘over’ on both of those.

No kicker has ever won Super Bowl MVP honors, but I’m not against putting some small change on McPherson if you can 100/1 odds or better. I saw 150/1 odds at DraftKings earlier this week.

I’m also on Cooper Kupp to go ‘over’ 107.5 receiving yards. And finally, give me L.A. WR Odell Beckham to score the game’s first TD at 9/1 or +900 odds.

Best of luck to everyone on Super Sunday!

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