The NFL has become a passing league, yet somehow scoring 15 touchdowns through the air is a feat that is becoming less and less regular as the years go by.
Over the last three seasons, no one in the NFL managed to catch that many touchdowns, as the last person to do it was Dez Bryant back in 2014. As tough as it seems with such a proliferation of targets, there are two players who have a chance to reach the mountaintop (and make you money in the process).
According to PaddyPower.com DeAndre Hopkins and Antonio Brown are currently sitting at 9/2 odds to catch 15 touchdowns. As high as that number may be, it's easier than you think, especially for Hopkins. He led the NFL in scores as a receiver last season and is due for an upgrade thanks to the man lining up under center.
Last year, Hopkins managed to score seven touchdowns over the seven games DeShaun Watson played. A touchdown a game average is insane, and it could only get higher, as these two players are now more familiar with one another. If Hopkins can catch 14 touchdowns with Tom Savage and TJ Yates throwing him the ball for more than half the season, 15 should be easily achievable for Nuke.
As for Brown, it's never a difficult decision to bet on the best receiver in football.
If you want to talk stats....— Cian (@Cianaf) August 27, 2018
Since the start of the 2014 season:
Odell Beckham 0.81 touchdowns per game.
Antonio Brown 0.72.
Jordy Nelson 0.70.
Rob Gronkowski 0.65.
Dez Bryant 0.61.
DeAndre Hopkins 0.54.
Mike Evans 0.52.
A.J. Green 0.51.
Doug Baldwin 0.5. https://t.co/0jIutB6I1e
That number is still incredibly high for Brown, considering he's had seasons with less than 10 scores, like he did in 2017. Asking him to have a six-score increase may seem lofty, but he did miss two contests with an injury during the last campaign. He's already showed us he can lead the league in yards and is a monster when it comes to targets, so it's just a matter of time before he reminds us how often he can get in the end zone.
Pulling the trigger on a touchdown total that high may be tough, but it becomes a lot easier when you're betting on two receivers like these.
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