Super Bowl 2020: How many receiving yards will George Kittle have?
The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will participate in Super Bowl LIV Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. For the 49ers to have success, they’re likely to need a big performance from TE George Kittle. Below, we’ll look at BetMGM’s Super Bowl prop betting odds and lines for Kittle’s reception and yardage projections in the big game, and make our best bets for Super Bowl LIV.
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George Kittle’s Super Bowl LIV receptions: 5.5
Kittle’s reception total seems to have been set relatively conservatively, and it matches the projection for Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce. The two tight ends are the No. 1 option for their respective teams in the passing game.
Kittle has recorded a total of four receptions for 35 yards on just six targets through two playoff games. He, and QB Jimmy Garoppolo, have mainly stood by as head coach Kyle Shanahan has deployed a ground-based postseason attack. This wasn’t always the case, however, as Kittle caught at least six passes in 10 of his 14 regular-season games.
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Kittle totaled 85 receptions, 1,053 yards and five touchdowns on 107 targets in his abbreviated season.
I like the two-time Pro Bowler to get more involved as the Niners attempt to keep pace with the Chiefs in a game with a projected point total of 54.5. He’ll need to share the passing-game work with WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne, especially if the Chiefs are able to build a significant lead at any point. Oh, and lets not forget Kittle has been playing with a torn labrum for the past two seasons! Give me the UNDER 5.5 (+100). The even-money returns makes it even more appealing.
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George Kittle’s Super Bowl LIV receiving yards: 70.5
November 24, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
(Photo Credit: Kyle Terada – USA TODAY Sports)
Here, I’m going to take the OVER 70.5 (-112). It’s a solid hedge against our Under bet on receptions, and the even-money above makes the -112 juice on this selection easier to swallow.
There’s also a good chance of both bets cashing. Kittle is one of the most-dynamic tight ends in football. In 10 of his 14 regular-season games, he had at least one reception of 20-plus yards. His long on the season was 61 yards.
With the Chiefs favored in a high-scoring game, the projected game script lends itself to Kittle being likely to haul in a deep pass or break a long catch-and-run late in the game against a prevent defense from the Chiefs.
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