NFL Prop Shop: Week 15
It’s hard to believe, but we’re down to the final three weeks of the NFL regular season.
Plenty of time to make a little extra coin heading into the playoffs.
Here are four prop picks to click this Sunday.
Most passing yards
Andrew Luck vs. Matt Schaub: Take Luck
The Colts defense has given up some gawdy numbers on the road this season, but Matt Schaub has been far too inconsistent to back, regardless the opposition he’s facing.
I suspect Indy will be playing catch-up for much of this game, and that means we should see Andrew Luck rack up plenty of yardage through the air.
The Texans banged-up secondary has been exposed on a weekly basis lately, and this matchup will be no different.
Eli Manning vs. Matt Ryan: Take Manning
Eli Manning has been alternating good and bad performances lately, but I expect to see him buck that trend this week in Atlanta.
Manning’s receiving corps has been getting healthier, and it’s showed in his production. Here’s another fine opportunity for Manning to throw for over 300 yards against an average Falcons secondary.
I won’t be surprised if we see Atlanta focus more heavily on its ground game in an effort to keep the Giants offense on the sidelines. That should help keep Matt Ryan’s numbers in check.
Most rushing yards
Marshawn Lynch vs. C.J. Spiller: Take Lynch
We can expect Marshawn Lynch to be in full-on ‘beast mode’ against his former team on Sunday – bad news for a Bills defensive front that has struggled for much of the season, giving up close to 5.0 yards per rush.
With Fred Jackson being placed on injured reserve, C.J. Spiller will see his workload increase once again. The fact is, he’s had only one 100-yard rushing game since Week 3, and I don’t see him approaching that number here.
Most pass receptions
Eric Decker vs. Anquan Boldin: Take Decker
Anquan Boldin enjoyed a big game last Sunday, hauling in a pair of touchdown catches, but outside of those two scores, he had just one grab. He doesn’t have a favorable matchup against a sound Broncos secondary this week.
The Ravens pass defense continues to get torched on a weekly basis, and will be hard-pressed to slow down the duo of Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas on Sunday. Expect Thomas to get the bulk of the attention, setting up Decker for a big game.
- Teddy Covers
- April 29, 2016 - 8:15 PM
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ -139 Washington
1* Take Washington (#909)
It’s not hard to make a case for betting against Mike Leake in a matchup against Stephen Strasburg, a true starting pitching mismatch. Leake’s walk rate is at a career high through his first four starts, and his ground ball rate is at a career low.
That’s a bad combination for a pitcher that doesn’t record strikeouts in bunches. He’s given up at least four runs in each of his first four starts of the season, and the only game St Louis was able to win with him on the hill came in a game where they scored eight runs.
I’m not anticipating that type of offensive outburst from the Cardinals tonight against one of Washington’s aces, Stephen Strasburg. The Nats are 4-0 with Strasburg on the hill this year. He’s lasted into the eighth inning in each of his last three starts, with a 27-4 strikeout to walk ratio during that span. Dusty Baker’s bullpen behind Strasburg is an elite unit even after taking a rare loss last night, ranked #3 in MLB in bullpen ERA.
Washington is hungry off an ugly home sweep by the Phillies during the week; shut out in each of their last two games. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman following last night’s tough loss, talking about this road trip: “We enjoy the challenge. We get to see what we are really made of. We go out and play three really good teams. I think the guys in (the) locker room are excited for it." Chalk worth laying! Take the Nationals.
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