What might we expect from the Tyreek Hill in the Super Bowl? We’ll take a closer look at Tyreek Hill’s monstrous performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12 of the 2020 NFL Season to look for clues.
First off, just how monstrous was Hill’s performance? He ended up catching 13-of-15 targets for 269 yards and three touchdowns. His 13 receptions and 269 yards were both career highs, while he had scored three touchdowns once in Patrick Mahomes’ 2018 MVP season.
The Buccaneers had Carlton Davis covering Hill on the majority of his routes. who is actually an excellent corner, but could not deal with Hill’s speed. Davis has been able to slow down Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, Allen Robinson and D.J. Moore this season, but according to Pro Football Focus, he gave up eight of Hill’s 13 receptions for 204 yards and all three of his touchdowns.
They’ll likely give Davis more help this time around, but Hill is still going to have to chances against Davis head to head. Plus, no matter how well they put the clamps on Hill, Andy Reid will find ways to get him the ball while Travis Kelce will have a field day.
Hill caught 75-, 40- and 20-yard touchdowns in this game, and ended up with the fifth-best PPR score ever for a wide receiver. It’s likely that even if Davis does end up one-on-one with Hill in the Super Bowl more often than not, Hill would have a hard time putting up anything close to these numbers, as they are extreme outliers. But, there’s also no reason to think Tampa will be able to shut him down either. The absence of left tackle Eric Fisher will make Mahomes need to throw quicker than usual, but his ability to avoid pressure and make throws outside of a clean pocket, mean a big play is still likely for him and Hill.