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Rob Gronkowski 40+ Receiving Yards, & Sammy Watkins 50+ Receiving Yards (SkyBet #requestabet 6/1)
The 6/1 here is an enticing proposition, Gronkowski produced his best display in Tampa Bay when these two faced off in week 12; ‘Gronk’ racked up 106 yards through the air with 6 catches from 7 targets. His production since hasn’t reached the same heights but he has plenty of experience on the big stage and his powder has been kept nicely dry for the biggest of all stages here. Expect Tom Brady to place plenty of faith in the tight end he’s won three Super Bowl rings alongside already.
The Buccaneers paid a heavy price back in week 12 as they tasked Carlton Davis with dealing with Tyreek Hill almost single-handedly, the result went as expected and Hill finished the game with a monstrous 269 yards. They won’t make the same mistake again here and Hill can expect plenty of attention from the Bucs secondary. Top tight end Travis Kelce will also be in for special treatment and this bodes well for the rest of the receiving corps. Sammy Watkins is a very capable wide receiver as he proved in last year’s Super Bowl when he went for 98 yards and the focus on Hill and Kelce means he should find himself open and be a common target for Mahomes brilliant arm.
Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans & Darrel Williams All To Score A Touchdown (William Hill #YourOdds 14/1)
This feels like a Super Bowl full of points so there is value to be found in the touchdown scorer markets. Fournette and Evans arguably present Tampa Bay’s two biggest touchdown threats and they’ll be seeing plenty of action any time the Bucs find themselves down in the redzone. Evans suffered some handling issues in the week 12 encounter with the Chiefs but even on an off day he finished the game with two touchdowns and Tom Brady’s eyes will be looking for him around the end zone.
When Brady isn’t looking to throw to Evans down in the redzone you can expect the ball to be handed off to Fournette, the former first-round pick hasn’t hit the heights expected of him either in Jacksonville or in Tampa Bay but he is a genuine problem for redzone defenses as he showed in the Conference Championship game with a brilliant touchdown run against the Packers.
Running back Darrel Williams found himself leading the Chiefs ground attack at the expense of Leveon Bell and Clyde Edwards-Helaire last time out against the Bills and helped himself to a touchdown along the way. Kansas City should spend plenty of time in the redzone in this one against a Tampa Bay defense which is likely to go for a ‘bend don’t break’ style defense after being taken apart with deep balls in behind in week 12. If Williams keeps that role as the main man at running back he should get the chance to charge into the end zone from short yardage.
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