One of the most exciting ways to bet on the NFL is via player prop bets. If you aren’t sure what a player prop bet is, they’re simply a stat, scenario or situation that a player has to accomplish in the game. So, instead of betting on a team’s success, you are betting on an individual player’s success in the game.
With that said, here’s our list of the best player props for Week 2 of the NFL season courtesy of Bovada:
The Carolina Panthers travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers and an angry Tom Brady. “TB 12” had a poor performance in Week 1 of the season and is looking to rebound this week.
With that in mind, I believe the entire Buccaneers offense should have a great day as the Panthers gave up 34 points and 372 total yards to the Raiders last week at home. This weekend, the Panthers will go up against a much better offense than what Las Vegas offers.
As of this writing, Tampa wide receiver Curtis Godwin is still in the concussion protocol and is in danger of missing Sunday’s game. He led the team with six receptions and 79 yards, but took a nasty hit near the end of the game and starting showing concussion symptoms on Wednesday.
Vince Evans had a horrible game against the Saints last weekend where he only caught one of four passes for two yards and a TD. He was on lockdown against Lattimore all game long. Additionally, he was dealing with a gimpy hamstring as well.
Carolina doesn’t have anyone that can lockdown Evans this week. They gave up 239 passing yards to Carr and allowed 55 yards to rookie Henry Ruggs III. If the rookie can put up those numbers, then Evans will definitely crush the 80 yard mark.
Not only do I expect Brady to have a big game, I believe Evans will have a bounce back performance especially with Godwin out.
The best thing to come out of the Bucs’ performance in Week 1 was the rushing of Ronald Jones II. He looked fast, strong and decisive. Jones tallied 66 yards on 17 carries with a long of 21 yards. He had 17 of the 23 carries for Tampa and is clearly the #1 back.
Carolina gave up 133 rushing yards to the Raiders last weekend including 93 yards to starting RB Josh Jacobs. I expect Jones to put up at least 66 yards like he did in Week 1 and I wouldn’t be surprised if he added a TD on the day.
This game is going to be all about Tampa Bay getting on track and destroying the Panthers. It’s also one of my best bets of Week 2.
The Buffalo Bills will travel to Florida to take on the Miami Dolphins in a second straight AFC contest for both teams. The Bills looked dominant against the Jets in Week 1 while Miami looked flat at New England.
Against the Patriots, Miami allowed 217 rushing yards with 119 of those yards coming from running backs. New England RB Sony Michel rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries, which leads me to believe that Zack Moss will get at least 10 carries and surpass the 33 yard mark.
Buffalo showed that they will give Moss plenty of opportunities to touch the ball even if he is a backup RB. He had nine carries against the Jets, but New York has one of the best run defenses in the league so Moss and starting RB Devin Singletary had little success.
This week, I expect Buffalo to rush for more than 150 yards and for Buffalo to beat the Dolphins. Look for Moss and Singletary to both have strong rushing performances on Sunday.
In Week 1, Josh Allen threw the ball 46 times with 33 completions. Three Bills players had at least 5 receptions in the game including John Brown who finished with six catches for 70 yards and a TD. He could’ve had an even bigger game, but Allen missed a wide open Brown in the end zone.
The Dolphins allowed two different New England receivers to have 5 catches apiece, which is significant considering Newton only had 15 completions.
Now that Buffalo has Stefon Diggs as their #1 receiver, John Brown will have easier matchups which should show up on the stat line as he surpasses five receptions against Miami.
The Rams head to PA to take on the Eagles in an early season battle of two teams looking for at least a Wild Card spot. LA is trying to beat an NFC East team for the second straight week, while the Eagles are hoping to fix their mistakes from an upset loss against Washington in Week 1.
In Week 1’s SNF football matchup, the Rams showed that they have enough talent on both sides of the ball to compete against some of the conference’s better teams as they defeated the Cowboys 20 to 17.
Another thing that the Rams showed in this game was that Robert Woods is clearly Jared Goff’s number one receiver. Woods finished the game with 6 receptions for 105 yards on 8 targets.
Against Washington last weekend, the Eagles allowed five receptions to Terry McLaurin who’s the top target for Dwayne Haskins. Yet, LA has numerous weapons in the passing game like Kupp and Higbee which means that Woods should have an easier time getting open.
This game could be high scoring as Philly will get Miles Sanders back. If that’s the case, then I expect both offenses to put up big numbers and for Woods to lead the Rams receivers in targets and catches.
As mentioned, Dallas lost to the Rams while Atlanta was in a shootout with the Seattle Seahawks. This weekend, I can see a similar high scoring contest for the Falcons as Dallas does have a potent offense.
In a losing effort, and with Jalen Ramsey on him for much of the game, Amari Cooper caught 10 passes for 81 yards on 14 targets. He led all Cowboys receivers in catches, yards and targets. I expect Cooper to lead all receivers in those stats this weekend as well.
Furthermore, I really like his chances to not only surpass 72 receiving yards, but to also cross the 100 yard mark.
The Falcons gave up 322 passing yards to Seattle last weekend and allowed both DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to each have over 90 receiving yards apiece.
Atlanta showed that they have no real shutdown corner and that bodes well for Amari Cooper and QB Dak Prescott this weekend. I like Gallup in this contest as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dak Prescott flirts with 300 yards against Atlanta.
Both teams are coming off a loss, but in different fashions. The Vikings were manhandled by the Packers for four quarters while the Colts allowed Jacksonville to hang around all game and for the Jags to eventually steal the victory in the end.
Colts QB Philip Rivers threw for 363 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs. He attempted 46 passes and completed 36 of them. Indy was impressive with their aerial attack, but the two interceptions went a long ways in costing them the win.
Minnesota gave up 43 points, 522 total yards, and 364 passing yards to Green Bay and QB Aaron Rodgers in Week 1 of the season.
The Vikings don’t have a secondary and their defense looked horrible. Not only do I believe Rivers will throw for over 300 passing yards, but I also see the Colts beating the Vikings on Sunday.
In an AFC West battle, the Chiefs travel to LA to take on the Chargers. Kansas City looked impressive in Week 1 while Los Angeles barely got by the Bengals.
Sammy Watkins led the Chiefs passing attack in Week 1 with seven receptions for 82 yards and 1 TD. He did that on nine targets, which also led the team.
Watkins is the #2 receiver for the Chiefs and the third option in the passing attack behind Hill and Kelce. Yet, he has another favorable matchup this weekend against the Chargers.
Los Angeles allowed Cincy’s second and third passing options in WR Boyd and TE Uzomah to tally an average of 40 receiving yards. Keep in mind, Cincy has a rookie QB starting, which definitely had an impact on their overall offensive success.
The Chiefs have the best QB in the league and I expect him to light up this Chargers defense. Look for LA to try and take away WR Tyreke Hill and limit TE Travis Kelce’s impact. That means more targets and success for Sammy Watkins.
I believe the Chiefs will blowout the Chargers on Sunday and I expect most of the skilled players on the KC’s offense to have big games especially Sammy Watkins.
Week 2’s SNF matchup is the New England Patriots taking on the Seattle Seahawks in an early season game that both teams really want to win.
As mentioned above, the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons had a shootout in Week 1 where the teams combined for 63 total points. Seattle came away with the 38 to 25 win and showed that they have an explosive offense especially in their passing game.
Both wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf finished with more than 90 receiving yards each. Metcalf got the TD, but Lockett had twice as many catches as he finished with eight on the day.
This weekend, New England’s elite secondary will cause troubles for Russell Wilson and his receivers. However, I expect the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year corner Stephon Gilmore to battle DK Metcalf all game long, which means Lockett should have more freedom.
Furthermore, Lockett lines up all over the field which will also provide more opportunities for the receiver. If Metcalf is locked down by Gilmore, then look for Wilson to target Lockett even more, which means Lockett should have at least six receptions on Sunday night.
Week 2’s MNF matchup features the New Orleans Saints traveling to Nevada for the first home game of Las Vegas’ newest franchise the Raiders. Both teams won their opening week games and look to remain unbeaten in Week 2.
First and foremost, I fully expect the Saints to win this game. They’re a better team on both sides of the ball and should come away with a victory of at least seven points or more.
With that said, running back Alvin Kamara will do some heavy lifting in this game as New Orleans is expected to miss the NFL’s top receiver Michael Thomas this week as he’s dealing with a high ankle sprain. Although Brees will still air it out, I see this game plan running through Kamara.
Last week, the Raiders allowed Carolina to rack up 128 rushing yards on the ground with their top running back Christian McCaffrey totaling 96 yards on 23 carries.
The Saints are a better offense and they should be able to duplicate those numbers. With plenty of receivers ready to fill in for Thomas, I don’t see any issues with the New Orleans offense. I believe that Kamara could flirt with 100 rushing yards against the Raiders.
Speaking of rushing, the Raiders ran the ball 31 times against the Panthers in Week 1 and RB Josh Jacobs led the way with 25 carries for 93 yards and three touchdowns.
This week, I expect the Raiders to give Jacobs at least 20 carries as they look to control the clock and keep the Saints offense on the sideline. Jacobs might not have as many TDs this week as he did against the Panthers, but he should have close to the same amount of carries and yards.
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