Super Bowl 57 Prop Odds and Prediction: Marcus Epps Tackles + Assists

Marcus Epps had so many of his best games against the league's best tight ends and he'll need to put together another strong performance against the position's final boss: Travis Kelce. As such, we're backing Epps to go Over 5.5 tackles + assists at +130.

Andrew Caley - Senior Betting Analyst at Covers.com
Andrew Caley • Senior Betting Analyst
Feb 10, 2023 • 08:34 ET • 4 min read

Super Bowl LVII is going to be fun, with Super Bowl odds slating Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and the Kansas City Chiefs against Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, and the Philadelphia Eagles. For my money, this is a matchup of the two most exciting and explosive offenses in the NFL.

It may not seem like it, but all that offense means there is value to be found in some defensive player props. More specifically, for the Eagles’ Marcus Epps. The hard-hitting safety could be in for a busy day and he’s presenting us with an eye-catching plus-money Super Bowl player prop.

Check out my Super Bowl picks for Epps' tackles + assists prop below. 

Need more insight? Check out our Super Bowl predictions as well. 

Super Bowl 57 prop odds: Marcus Epps Tackles + Assists

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Super Bowl 57 Marcus Epps Tackles + Assists pick

  • Marcus Epps Over 5.5 tackles + assists (+130)

Pick made on February 1, 2023.

The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive front got most of the headlines this season. And why not? They recorded the third-most sacks in NFL history, but a lot of those sacks have to be credited to a solid secondary who locked down opposing passing attacks.

Generally a backup over his first three years in professional football, Marcus Epps kind of came out of nowhere to become one of the Eagles’ starting safeties this season. Epps is out of Wyoming and if there's one thing the Cowboys are known for, it's training good tacklers. That’s exactly what Epps is.

In fact, Epps had the second-most solo tackles of all Eagles defenders this season (70) and was third in combined tackles with 94. That works out to an average of 5.5 tackles + assists per game over a 17-game season, so his Over/Under being set at 5.5 is no surprise. However, there's more value in the Over and not just because we're getting solid plus money. 

For starters, when it comes to tackles + assists props, it’s good to back a guy who's always on the field and Epps played in a tick over 98% of the Eagles’ defensive snaps this season.

So, we’ve established Epps is a tackling machine who's always on the field, but we also have to consider the matchup. If the Eagles want to win this game, they'll have to try to slow down Travis Kelce, who may be the GOAT at the tight end position. You're almost never going to shut him down entirely, so containing him is your best option.

Either way, he’s going to be heavily involved in the Kansas City Chiefs’ game plan. And that means plenty of opportunities for safeties to tally up tackles... and some of Epps’ best tackle games this season have come against good tight ends.

Epps recorded 10 tackles + assists against the Lions when they still had T.J. Hockenson, he had six against Zach Ertz and the Cardinals, seven vs. Pat Freiermuth and the Steelers, five and seven respectively in two matchups against Daulton Shultz and the Cowboys, and eight vs. Juwan Johnson and the Saints.

Epps only had two tackles in the NFC Championship but we can give him a pass considering the 49ers didn’t have much of a quarterback on the field for much of the game.

More on the Chief's game plan. I think they’ll really want to control the tempo of the game with their rushing attack, which means plenty of runs for Isiah Pacheco & Co., creating even more opportunities for tackles.

Epps averages 5.5 tackles + assists per game, has gone Over this number in nine games this season, and always seems to rack up the tackles in games with good tight ends. At +130, the Over on his tackles + assists prop is one of my favorite bets of Super Bowl LVII.

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