The heavy +380 favorite to lead all NFL players in receiving yards in the six Wild-Card Weekend games was the Los Angeles Rams' Cooper Kupp, but he didn't finish among the leaders and that prop was won by Tampa Bay's Mike Evans, who was +1500. For the four-game Divisional Round, Kupp is the +500 favorite on the same prop but followed closely behind by Green Bay's Davante Adams at +550.
Of course, Kupp was the rare winner of the receiving Triple Crown in the regular season and his 1,947 yards were No. 2 in NFL history behind the record 1,964 by Detroit's Calvin Johnson in 2012. In the Rams' 34-11 rout of Arizona on Monday, Los Angeles QB Matthew Stafford only attempted 17 passes because the game was out of hand pretty early and his team was running the ball well. Kupp was targeted seven times and had five catches for 61 yards and a TD.
The Rams are at the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday; in Week 3, the Bucs visited Los Angeles and lost 34-24. Kupp had nine catches for 96 yards and two scores. Evans had eight catches for 106 yards, and he's +1400 to win this prop a second straight week after nine catches for 117 yards and a TD in a Wild-Card Weekend rout of the Eagles.
We would expect Rams All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey to be the primary defender on Evans, who established an NFL record this season by reaching 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first eight years in the league.
Like Kupp, the Packers' Adams was unanimous All-Pro this season. In 16 games, Adams had 123 catches for 1,553 yards and 11 TDs – he might have led the league in all three in most seasons. Green Bay hosts San Francisco on Saturday night and it's going to be brutally cold, which might keep Aaron Rodgers' pass attempts down. In Week 3 when the Packers won 30-28 at the 49ers, Adams had 12 catches for 132 yards and a TD. In two playoff games last season, Adams had 67 and 66 yards receiving.
There's a big drop-off after Kupp and Smith to Bengals rookie Ja'Marr Chase (+100), Buffalo's Stefon Diggs (+1300), Tennessee's AJ Brown (+1300), Tampa Bay's Evans (+1400) and Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce (+1400). Chase was second among all players on Wild-Card Weekend with 116 yards (franchise playoff record) and Kelce was third with 108.
Kelce has had four straight postseason games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied for the longest such streak in NFL history. Larry Fitzgerald (2018) and Antonio Brown (2014-16) also had four in a row. The Chiefs host the Bills on Sunday.
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