NFL Prop Shop: Week 17
It's hard to believe, but the NFL regular season will wrap up with a full slate of divisional matchups on Sunday.
Here are four prop bets to consider as we aim to head into the postseason on a winning note.
Most passing yards
Joe Flacco vs. Andy Dalton: Take Dalton
I don't like the look of this Ravens offense right now, even after that beatdown of the Giants last Sunday. We should see Baltimore pound away with Ray Rice early and often in this one, making Joe Flacco a bit of an afterthought.
Andy Dalton faced a tougher matchup in Pittsburgh last week, but still managed to throw for 278 yards. With the Bengals ground game still stuck in neutral, look for Dalton to be called upon plenty on Sunday.
Cam Newton vs. Drew Brees: Take Brees
This should be a shootout from start to finish, and with that in mind, I'll give the edge to Brees at home in the dome.
Cam Newton has guided the Panthers to three straight wins, but he's seen his passing yardage decline in each contest. Don't be surprised if he does more with his feet than his arm in this one.
Most rushing yards
Shonn Greene vs. C.J. Spiller: Take Spiller
The Bills offense has sputtered lately, but that hasn't stopped C.J. Spiller from turning in back-to-back 100+ yard efforts. He's ran for 241 yards on only 39 carries in the last two weeks, and should find plenty of room to operate against a down-trodden Jets defense on Sunday.
Shonn Greene did manage to find the end zone twice against the Chargers last week, but he's topped out at 77 rushing yards over his last three games. In fact, he's gained more than 77 yards on the ground only once in the last nine weeks.
Most pass receptions
Danny Amendola vs. Sidney Rice: Take Amendola
The Seahawks defense is firing on all cylinders right now, and I won't be shocked if the Rams come out with a rather conservative offensive gameplan in an effort to avoid those critical turnovers against this opportunistic bunch. That should lead to more targets for Sam Bradford's security blanket, Danny Amendola.
Russell Wilson has really been spreading the ball around lately, and that's meant a decreased workload for Sidney Rice. He's caught only seven passes in the last three weeks, and will be hard-pressed to top four catches in this one.
- St. Louis
- April 21, 2014 - 7:10 PM
- Art Aronson
- Offered at:
- top bet @ -106 St. Louis
1* Free Play St. Louis Cardinals.
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Coming off a loss yesterday, I like the powerhouse Cardinals to bounce back and earn a series opening win over the Mets. The Cardinals took five of seven between the team’s last year and have won eight of the last 11 in this series. The Cardinals will send Tyler Lyons (NR) to the hill in place of injured starter Joe Kelly. Lyons holds a 3.32 ERA with 18 strikeouts over his first 19 Triple-A frames this season. Lyons did start eight games in the majors as a rookie last year so we aren’t backing a completely “green” pitcher here: "We just hope he can carry that momentum forward here Monday," Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny assessed last night. "He did a great job for us when he got the opportunity last year. And we go with that hot hand." New York gives the nod to Jenrry Mejia (2-0, 2.81), who has enjoyed a surprisingly successful start to the season after entering with a 2-6 record and 4.53 ERA in 11 career starts. I look at this as a small sample size and fully expect the Cardinals’ offense to wake up and take it to Mejia tonight, after it struck out 12 times against Nationals’ pitching yesterday. Home field hasn’t exactly been kind to the Mets this season. Despite winning yesterday’s game in extra innings, the Mets carry a 3-6 record at Citi Field thus far. The Cardinals meanwhile are 7-6 on the road and always seem to find to a way to get separation from the pack. Consider the Cards.