The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots are going to duke it out on Monday Night Football at Gillette Stadium on Monday Night, and here at Bang the Book, we’re going to take our picks for some of the MNF props on the board for one of the biggest games of the weekend!
Tom Brady Over 305.5 Passing Yards: The Kansas City pass defense isn’t exactly a stellar unit in spite of the fact that it ranks No. 14 in the league at 230.3 yards per game. Remember that this team has already faced the Vikings, Colts, Raiders (without QB Jason Campbell or QB Carson Palmer), Dolphins, and Broncos (who only threw the ball eight times in the entire game). QB Matt Stafford threw for 294 yards, while QB Philip Rivers averaged over 320 passing yards per game in his two games against KC this year. Brady, who has averaged over 330 yards per game passing this year, needs just under 300 to take over the league lead in passing. He’ll get that and a whole lot more, especially against the team that took him out of the lineup for the entire 2008 campaign in Week 1 of that year the last time that they met.
Aaron Hernandez & Rob Gronkowski Over 126.5 Receiving Yards: No S Eric Berry is bad news for the Kansas City defense. This isn’t a team that has fared all that well against opposing tight ends this year, and we expect to see that continue against the Brady Bunch tonight. These two tight ends have the capability of putting together at least 100+ yard performances, and this might not be an exception. We fully expect to see both at least into the 70s in this game, as they are two great targets in the middle of the field.
Dexter McCluster Over 47.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards: This is the type of guy that will shred the New England defense. The Pats just don’t have all that much athleticism on the defensive side of the ball, and the truth of the matter is that McCluster is going to end up likely catching a slew of passes out of the backfield with QB Tyler Palko most likely looking like a deer in headlights. We also aren’t so sure that RB Jackie Battle is going to be used as a bruiser in this one, though it is clearly KC’s best chance of finding a way to pull an upset in this game.
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