Wow! What a crazy first week it was in the NFL! We had some startling upsets and even a tie between the Texans and Colts! The sportsbooks made a ton last week, especially with Seattle winning outright on Monday Night Football.
Our NFL Week 1 props got off to a productive start with a 6-1 record. We'll try to keep the money train chugging right along. Here are our 4 favorite player prop bets for NFL Week 2. All lines were taken from PrizePicks at the time of this writing.
Danny Dimes led the Giants to a surprising upset of the Titans in Week 1. Besides one bone-headed throw that was picked off in the end zone, Jones played pretty well. However, we think the former Duke Blue Devil stays Under this passing yardage number in Week 2 against Carolina.
The Panthers have an excellent secondary that's led by Jaycee Horn and Xavier Woods. We think these two will do an excellent job of containing two of Jones's biggest playmakers, Sterling Shepard and Kenny Golladay.
Carolina only surrendered 192.1 passing yards per game in 2021, which ranked third in the league. They also only gave up 6.3 yards per pass attempt, which ranked a respectable eighth.
The main reason we like Jones to stay Under this number though has to do with the game plan. New head coach Brian Daboll only let Jones throw the ball 21 times against Tennessee for 188 yards. We think he follows a similar pattern here and opts to feed Saquon Barkley as often as possible. This plays right into why we like the Under in this one!
Here's another Under that we think has a ton of value. Trubisky threw the ball 38 times against the Bengals in Week 1 but he only finished with 194 yards. That tells us that most of his throws were of the "dink-and-dunk" variety, which should lead to an Under.
New England is a mess offensively right now, so Belichick knows he's going to have to win with defense in this one. New England actually defended the pass pretty well last year, as they ranked fifth in yards per pass allowed (6.2). We think the Pats will limit the Steelers receivers from getting deep down the field.
As far as career numbers go, Trubisky is 32-26 to the Under against this passing yardage total. That's good enough for us to pull the trigger, especially since the game total is currently sitting at only 41.5 points.
We cashed a ticket with Jacobs last week and we'll come back to the well again in Week 2. The Arizona Cardinals' defense looked lost at times against the Chiefs last week. It could be a long year for Zona on that side of the ball.
The Cards are bogged down with injuries, which also does help. Heck, even when they were healthy last year they still struggled against the run. Arizona gave up 116.2 rushing yards per game (21st) and 4.5 yards per carry (25th) last season.
Jacobs should find plenty of running room and shouldn't have much trouble going over this yardage number. The former Alabama star is 26-18 to the Over against this number in his NFL career.
McLaurin had a relatively quiet Week 1, but he did exceed this yardage total by a half-yard and still managed to find the end zone. The former Ohio State Buckeye has played against Detroit twice in his career and is averaging 83.5 receiving yards against them. We think T. Mac could have a huge game this week.
While we admire the Detroit Lions and Dan Campbell's fierce attitude, this team still has issues in the secondary. Detroit ranked dead last in the league in yards per pass allowed in 2021 and Philly just torched them for 7.5 yards per pass last week.
We aren't crazy about Carson Wentz but he should be able to hook up with McLaurin enough times to get this one Over the total. McLaurin is 29-18 to the Over vs. this number in his career. This should be a fun one to cheer for!
Best of luck with all of your NFL Week 2 prop plays! Let's keep rolling!