The two quarterbacks will be the subject of most of the hype leading into the Super Bowl, but neither man can get the job done without the aid of their receivers, and both Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady have some outstanding wide-outs to throw the football to. So which receivers will shine on the biggest stage of them all on February 7?
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There is no better offense in the National Football League than the one boasted by Kansas City – they have Mecole Hardman, Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson in the ranks and all three of them have delivered big plays throughout the season. However, it would not be too unfair to say that they are something of a support act to the star receiver on the Chiefs’ roster, Tyreek Hill.
The speedy wideout has been targeted 156 times over the course of the season so far, hauling in 104 of them for 1,558 yards and 15 touchdowns. And just to make him even more dangerous, Hill has got involved in the run game occasionally, putting up 132 yards and two touchdowns off 16 carries. Simply put, whenever Hill is on the field he is a massive threat to the opposition and it goes without saying that Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid will look to get him involved early and often in Super Bowl 55.
But what about the Bucs? They are far from short of talent in the receiving ranks. In fact, you could make a case for them having the better overall group. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin may not have reached Tyreek Hill-type numbers over the course of the season, but they are two of the most talented receivers in the entire league, and Scotty Miller has had his moments during his sophomore season in the league.
And of course there is that man Antonio Brown. The veteran receiver star saw his career spiral out of control in 2019 as he forced his way out of Pittsburgh and then saw Oakland grow tired of his antics and release him swiftly. Brown made his way to New England next, but he made just one appearance before off-the-field issues took him out of action once again, leaving many to wonder if his days in the NFL were over. He must have made an impression on Brady during his brief stint with the Patriots though, because the Bucs decided to take a punt on him this season and so far it has gone pretty well. But can Brown now complete his comeback by helping Tampa Bay to Super Bowl glory?
Super Bowl Prop Betting Picks: Performance Predictions
Tyreek Hill is the most talented and dangerous wide receiver that will be on show in Super Bowl 55 so he has to be the subject of our prop picks for this position. Oh, and he also tortured Tampa Bay when these two teams met during the regular season. Hill was unstoppable in that November meeting and when the game was done and dusted he left Raymond James Stadium having racked up 269 yards and three touchdowns off 13 catches – an incredible statistic. Has he given Tampa plenty of tape and time to try to work out a plan to slow him down here? Yes. But can they? No. Hill may not hit those figures he managed a couple of months ago, but Patrick Mahomes can pick apart this Tampa secondary and Hill can be a major beneficiary of that. He is a great bet to go for over 90 receiving yards and a score here – given his knack for big plays he may gain a massive chunk of it in one go – while there is also plenty of temptation in him scoring more than once. Like I said previously, Hill found the endzone three times when these two teams collided in November and on four occasions this season he has scored multiple touchdowns in one game.
Tom Brady perhaps spreads the ball around his receivers a little more than Mahomes does, but that is not to say that TB12 has not found a new favourite target since arriving in Tampa last offseason. The six-time Super Bowl champion has struck up quite the chemistry with Mike Evans and that has resulted in the Bucs receiver racking up 1,179 yards and 15 touchdowns during the team’s run to the Super Bowl. He has been fairly quiet over the past couple of weeks, making just four catches in the last two games, but he turned two of them into touchdowns and it is almost certain that if Brady gets time in the pocket he will be looking for No. 13 consistently during the Super Bowl. But will that result in big numbers? I am not so sure. He has passed the 100-yard receiving mark in just five games this season and on 12 occasions he has fallen short of the 63.5 Over/Under mark set for Super Bowl 55. One of those games was against Kansas City. His last two appearances have brought a total of just 54 yards, so backing the Over/Under in terms of total yardage seems too risky to me. However, I do like the chances of him adding to those 15 TDs he already has – two of which came against the Chiefs in the regular season!
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