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Texans’ Hopkins Favored to Lead Wild Card Weekend in Receiving Yards

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DeAndre Hopkins finished second in the NFL in receiving yards during the 2018 season. Photo by Jeffrey Beall (Wiki Commons) [CC License]
  • Houston Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins was second in the NFL in receiving yards (1,572)
  • He tied a franchise record for receptions (115)
  • BetOnline believes that Hopkins will lead all players in receiving yards during Wild Card weekend

How impressive DeAndre Hopkins? Well, even he can’t believe how good he is as a receiver.

This season, Hopkins set personal bests by grabbing 115 balls for 1,572 yards.

The Houston Texans receiver went for more yardage than any receiver in this year’s playoffs, and among playoff-bound wide receivers, only Tyreek Hill (13) of the Kansas City Chiefs caught more TD passes than the 11 snared by Hopkins.

BetOnline is a believer in Hopkins. The online sports betting site has forecast him as the favorite in a prop bet offered on which player will have the most receiving yards during Wild Card weekend.

Odds to Record Most Receiving Yards During Wild Card Weekend

Player Team Odds to Record Most Rec Yds in Wild Card Weekend at BetOnline
DeAndre Hopkins HOU +300
Keenan Allen LAC +350
TY Hilton IND +400
Amari Cooper DAL +800
Tyler Lockett SEA +900
Zac Ertz PHI +900
Eric Ebron IND +900
Doug Baldwin SEA +1200
Alshon Jeffery PHI +1200
Allen Robinson CHI +2000
Golden Tate PHI +2000
Nelson Agholor PHI +2500
Mike Williams LAC +2500

*Odds taken Jan 2

BetOnline’s third betting choice, TY Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts, will be opposing Hopkins and the Texans in their AFC Wild Card game.

Hopkins Has Indy’s Number

Hopkins caught 10 balls for 169 yards in Houston’s 37-34 Week 4 overtime win over the Colts. That’s the most yardage that Indianapolis has allowed by a single receiver in a game this season.

Hopkins has heated up down the stretch, snaring a career-best 12 balls in last week’s 20-3 win over Jacksonville.

He’s gone over 100 receiving yards in each of Houston’s last three games, including a season-high 170 in the Texans’ 29-22 Week 14 triumph over the New York Jets.

Hopkins Just Doesn’t Miss

Hopkins caught every ball aimed in his direction this season – 115 catches, zero drops. That’s the most catches without a drop in a single NFL season since Pro Football Focus began tracking the stat.

Hopkins joined Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, and Brandon Marshall as the only receivers in NFL history to record multiple seasons with 1,500 yards, 100 catches, and 11 TDs.

Is There Another Contender?

Tyler Lockett had just one 100-yard game this season.

Amari Cooper was on fire when first acquired from the Raiders by the Cowboys, going for 180 yards against Washington and 217 versus Philly, but he’s cooled off and has a combined 83 receiving yards in Dallas’ last three games.

Keenan Allen was held to 58 yards by the Baltimore Ravens, the Chargers’ Wild Card opponent, during their Week 16 regular-season meeting.

TY Hilton destroyed the Texans for 199 yards during Indy’s Week 14, 24-21 win at Houston.

He’s gone over 100 yards three times in the playoffs, including a 224-yard performance against the Chiefs during the 2013-14 Wild Card week. And he’s averaged 133.2 yards in seven games at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

We think it comes down to a choice between Hopkins and Hilton, and we’re going with Hilton, because we think Colts QB Andrew Luck is going to light up the Texans this weekend.

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