Week 2 saw scoring skyrocket as 16 teams scored at least 30 points and games averaged 53.3 points per game. Favorites won 14 of 16 contests and some wild finishes provided close wins for the Cowboys, Seahawks and Chiefs in overtime.
Moving on to Week 3 and many bettors are not only betting sides and totals, but also playing more player props. Using the new player props search tool, you are able to locate props from half a dozen sportsbooks all in one convenient place. After cashing in on two Thursday night player props on Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker, let’s continue our offensive attack on one of the best markets for sports bettors – player props.
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Best prop bets for Week 3
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler: OVER 62.5 rushing and OVER 24.5 receiving yards
The Chargers controlled the ball, clock and chains last week and outplayed the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Despite holding edges across the board in rushing, passing, first downs, time of possession and total yards with 479, the Chargers lost in overtime 23-20. Los Angeles rookie QB Justin Herbert also made his unexpected and emergency NFL debut and played well in defeat and now gets a full week of practice with the first team. Underrated and undrafted RB Austin Ekeler continues to produce despite now sharing carries with rookie RB Joshua Kelley, and the Chargers have been a run-heavy offense their first two games. Last week it was 44 rushes for 183 yards and in Week 1 it was 155 rushing yards on 39 carries in a 16-13 road win at Cincinnati.
Ekeler has been most productive with 177 yards and 5.1 yards per rush in two games and the match-ups dictate another solid week as he’s the primary and preferred receiver out of the backfield and Herbert hit him four times for 55 receiving yards last week. The Chargers are not scoring as much as their stats would dictate, but this week that should change against Carolina. The Panthers have allowed three or more touchdowns in 14 consecutive games and this year’s defense is poor allowing 6.0 yards per play, 4.8 yards per rush and six rushing touchdowns in two games after surrendering a league-high 32 rushing TD’s last season. The Panthers defense has one quarterback hit and no sacks, and will be on the short end of time of possession this week with star RB Christian McCaffrey out.
Raiders RB Josh Jacobs: UNDER 95.5 rushing yards
Jacobs is the bell cow for the Raiders, and he’s carried the ball 25 and 27 times in the first two games. He has yet to rush for more than 95 yards and this week the Raiders travel cross country on a short week following Monday night’s win and Jacobs missed some practice this week (hip) but did practice Friday and will play. The Patriots run defense is better although they allowed 154 rushing yards at Seattle last week. But New England will focus first on slowing Jacobs and stacking the line of scrimmage as QB Derek Carr is not Russell Wilson and New England will work to neutralize the Raiders best offensive player. The Raiders are also playing without two starting offensive linemen including top tackle Trent Brown, and two starting wide receivers are now sidelined. If the Raiders fall behind more in the second half, Jacobs is likely to be less of a factor in the running game and this looks like a tough week to gain traction and rushing yards.
Rams QB Jared Goff: UNDER 264.5 passing yards
Both the Rams and Bills are 2-0, and Los Angeles travels to the East coast for the second straight week. This time to Buffalo, where winds could reach 20-25 MPH. Goff has passed for 269 net yards against Dallas and last week 258 against the depleted Eagles. The Rams are most effective when balancing the attack and LA is second in the league thus far in rushing attempts with 79. The Bills run defense is top-3 in rushing yards allowed (75) but have faced two weaker teams and running games. The Rams will stay committed to running the ball and play action passes as they also try to keep the Bills offense and top passing quarterbacks through two games Josh Allen off the field as much as possible. However, the Rams are without their starting RG this week Joseph Noteboom (calf) and Rams Center Austin Blythe has poor pass blocking efficiency. Goff has a league-high 48% play-action utilization rate which is a function of play-calling to his strengths and limiting pass rushers. But the Bills defense combined with more wind and one of the toughest places for visiting quarterbacks to play without familiarity of the environment (although no fans) makes this a tougher week for Goff to post strong passing numbers.
Odds in this article were posted Saturday. Visit the sportsbooks listed for current prices.
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