Gronk does Gronk at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day
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Gronk does Gronk at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day
Thursday January 29th, 2015

While New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is grabbing most of the headlines as he prepares for a shot at his fourth Super Bowl title on Sunday, all of his receivers are trying to win the first of their careers. So who will Brady be targeting the most in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks and their vaunted Legion of Boom secondary? Bettors can wager on that.

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New England TE Rob Gronkowski is the obvious choice to bet on as Brady’s leading receiver in the Super Bowl after totaling a team-high 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season. Gronkowski is the fourth choice to win Super Bowl XLIX MVP at 9/1 odds behind Brady (9/5), Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (7/2) and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (5/1). He is also the 13/2 second choice to score the game’s first touchdown behind only Lynch (11/2).

However, nobody was targeted more by Brady during the regular season than Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was thrown to 135 times en route to a team-high 92 catches. Edelman is 10/1 to score the first touchdown and, like Gronkowski, featured in several more Super Bowl player props that should have the attention of New England backers who are looking to make even more money on the big game.

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You can wager on Edelman going OVER or UNDER 6.5 receptions and 67.5 yards in Super Bowl XLIX, which are comparable to Gronkowski’s numbers of 5.5 and 74.5, respectively. Gronkowski averaged 13.7 yards per catch during the regular season and is viewed as the bigger-play threat though with an O/U of 22.5 yards for longest reception while Edelman (10.6 yards per catch) has a slightly lower number of 17.5.

The third option in the passing game for the Patriots who may be a nice sleeper pick is WR Brandon LaFell. The former Carolina Panther had 74 catches for 953 yards and scored seven touchdowns during the regular season in his first year with the team. LaFell’s O/U for receptions is 4 and 52.5 for yards, and he is 12/1 to score the first touchdown.

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