Neither the Kansas City Chiefs nor Philadelphia Eagles punched a ticket to Super Bowl LVII due to standout players in either respective backfield. It was more a communal effort than anything else when it came to each team’s rushing attacks. On paper, it’s the NFC entrant to the big game that seemingly owns the advantage on the ground. Even so, there’s still value to be had in the running back props market for both teams! Let’s dig into the current offerings at PointsBet Sportsbook and see if we can’t add more intrigue to a game already bursting with it!
Bet Super Bowl LVII RB Props at PointsBet Sportsbook
Isiah Pacheco Under 50.5 Rushing Yards -120
I’m taking the stance that Philadelphia gets out to an early multiple score lead regardless of starting the less experienced quarterback. Many an NFL bettor has made excuses for the Eagles successful campaign ad nauseum. While I still believe the NFC title game would’ve played out much differently had Brock Purdy not succumbed to an early game-ending injury, Philly still very much so deserves to be here. As annoying it is to fade Pacheco due to his motor that never stops, I don’t foresee many carries in his future once the game starts to get away from the AFC reps.
If and when that occurs, Andy Reid will abandon the run and put the game’s outcome squarely on the shoulders of No. 15 whose right arm will get a major workout. Even in the game’s infancy, Pacheco will be forced to run up against a formidable Eagles run defense that prevented both Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley from going HAM with the season on the line. Pacheco would never be confused with RUN CMC or Saquon! Though Reid has looked to the rookie at a higher percentage clip recently, game script will prevent him from being a factor on Sunday.
Jerick McKinnon Over 3.5 Receptions +140 & Longest Reception Over 12.5 Yards -105
Fletcher Cox will be leading the assault of Patrick Mahomes and his gimpy ankle. With Philadelphia readily able to cycle in bodies up front to create a consistent pass rush, dump-offs to running backs will be a key component of the Chiefs successfully moving the ball down the field. Though McKinnon has fallen off in recent weeks, he’s still No. 15’s preferred target out of the backfield. Even with Clyde Edwards-Helaire back in the mix, I expect the Chiefs primary pass catching back to get ample opportunities to surpass this impost. Even more so should Kansas City find itself down multiple scores.
Philly allowed every RB faced in the playoffs surpass this impost in the postseason. If No. 1 is able to get out in space or evade a tackle, he’ll race past this number with ease. Regardless, I expect McKinnon to be KC’s most heavily targeted player out of the backfield.
Kenneth Gainwell Over 35.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards -105
While this is a major overcorrection from a prop offering standpoint, I’m buying in and fully expect Kenneth Gainwell to continue making waves as he looks to continue showing the coaching staff why he should have more of a role going into the third year of his rookie contract. The former Memphis product has been a favorite of mine in fantasy circles the last two seasons, but just wasn’t afforded the amount of burn needed to make an impact. That however hasn’t been the case of late with No. 14 hauling in three of five targets and being afforded 26 overall carries of the pigskin in the two playoff wins. While the increase in production came in a pair of blowouts, it’s painfully obvious to me that Gainwell is in fact the Eagles most electric dual-threat in the backfield.
KC afforded opposing RBs over 800 yards receiving (No. 28) and better than a 82 percent catch rate over the course of the regular season. Travis Etienne went for 80 scrimmage yards in the division round, while Cincy running backs were silenced in the AFC title game. Provided the coaching staff affords him some quality looks early and a bulk of the work should the game get out of hand, Gainwell will crush this offering much like he did four of the five times he last took to the playing field. Just be sure to shop around as there are better numbers out there than what’s currently being offered up at PointsBet!
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