Stafford has simply been sensational so far in the playoffs, going 13-17 for 202 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-11 win over the Cardinals and then 28-38 for 366 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 30-27 win over the Buccaneers. In the regular season, Stafford threw for 243 and then 238 yards against this 49ers defense, but this Rams offense is clicking on all cylinders right now, particularly in the passing game. Keep in mind that Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., Van Jefferson and Tyler Higbee are a talented group of pass-catchers, as is Cam Akers out of the backfield. As noted last week, Stafford thrives against pressure, so if the 49ers bring extra pressure, he should be able to take advantage based on his elite awareness and ability to get the ball out of his hand quickly.
Mixon has gotten 19+ touches in seven consecutive games, but has averaged under 4.0 yards per carry in every one of those games and has gone over this 61.5 rushing yard total only one time (65 yards against the Ravens on December 26th) in that span. Instead, the talented running back has found success as a pass-catcher and in this exact matchup back on January 2nd, he took 12 carries for 46 yards while catching seven of eight targets for 40 yards. Considering the fact that the Bengals beat the Chiefs 34-31 by throwing the ball 40 times and rushing it 19 times in that game, it’s more than likely that they’ll elect to air it out in this rematch. BetQL projects Mixon to rush for only 45 yards as a result.
Back in that January 2nd game, Hill caught six of 10 targets for 40 yards and was essentially held in check by the Bengals defense. Patrick Mahomes was as well, as he went 26-35 for 259 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. However, in last week’s 42-36 overtime win over the Bills, Hill caught 11 of 13 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown and showed off his electric speed and status as Mahomes’ top target. BetQL is projecting him to catch seven passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in this contest. Remember, Hill is one of the only receivers in the NFL that can go over this 78.5 yard mark with one catch due to his game-breaking speed. Bet this risk-fee on PointsBet!
Los Angeles’ defense has held Kittle in check in their first two meetings. In the first regular-season matchup, Kittle caught five of seven targets for 50 yards and a touchdown and in the second, the tight end hauled in five of seven targets for just 10 yards. As seen last week, Kittle is one of San Francisco’s only downfield threats and the Rams aren’t completely dominant against athletic tight ends. Rob Gronkowski caught four passes for 85 yards against them last week. BetQL is projecting Kittle to catch five balls for 75 yards in this matchup. Bet this risk-free on Caesars!
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