NFL Props Week 14: Steelers’ Samuels Ready to Rush & Sanchez Failure to Launch

Swinging Johnson

Friday, December 7, 2018 4:59 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 4:59 PM UTC

Pittsburgh’s James Conner is out with an injury and now Jaylen Samuels, the hybrid tight end/running back, will take his place in the backfield this weekend. Meanwhile Mark Sanchez gets another bite at the apple this week against the New York Giants. Let’s check out both these props and keep those tickets cashing!

Total Rushing Yards in Week 14 – Jaylen Samuels
  • Over 52.5 (-120)
  • Under 52.5 (-120)

The Age of the Hybrid hasn’t quite arrived in the NFL but there’s a guy over in New England that has tinkered with it more than once and he’s had pretty decent results. James Conner, the Pittsburgh running back who has filled in admirably for the vacationing Le’Veon Bell, is out this week with an ankle sprain and so the fifth-round rookie out of NC State, Jaylen Samuels, will take his place. Samuels’ kinda/sorta/maybe primary position is tight end but he’s also had stints at wide receiver and running back. After his senior season in college he was named to the ACC’s 1st Team All-Conference roster as an "All-Purpose" player in addition to being a 3rd Team AP All-American tight end.

Now that you know a little about Mr. Samuels let’s take a look at the NFL odds regarding what his rushing productivity will be this weekend against the Raiders. Oakland has the 31st ranked rushing defense in the league, surrendering an average of 153.3 yards per game, while the Steelers rank near the bottom at 29th in the league in rushing (93.1 yards per game). The Steelers come into this tilt as 10-point road favorites and there’s no doubt that Big Ben will be exploiting that middling-at-best Raiders’ secondary. But I suspect that Samuels will look to make the most of his cameo moment and there should be plenty of holes to for him to see daylight. Samuels should get at least a dozen carries and if he hits that number then this total is going over. Let’s get high on Samuels in our NFL picks.

Free NFL Pick: Over 52.5 yards for Jaylen Samuels in Week 14

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Total Passing Yards in Week 14 – Mark Sanchez
  • Over 229.5 (-120)
  • Under 229.5 (-120)

Mark Sanchez will be under center again for the Redskins, and based on his season debut last week, the chances of him surpassing 229 yards doesn’t look promising. Sanchez connected on 13-of-21 for 100 yards, no touchdowns, and one pick in the Skins 28-13 loss to the Eagles. Granted he didn’t play a full game and came in relief of Colt McCoy early in the second quarter so the stats are a bit skewed but even if he had a full first quarter of action he would still fall far short of 200 yards. But now he will get a chance to pass against the New York Giants, a team that has allowed 253 yards per game and one that surrendered 285 yards to Chicago’s journeyman Chase Daniel last week.

Sanchez has been sitting on the pine over the last several years and wasn’t even suited up in 2017. Needless to say, there’s a little rust on the fender and in addition to his inactivity, Sanchez’s offensive line is a patchwork of backups, with injuries decimating the starting unit. Although the Giants rank low in sacks, real low – tied for 31st with the Patriots with 19 on the season – the pressure will come against a porous Washington offensive line and it will cut down Sanchez’s passing windows of opportunity. Tickets to the Sanchez Air Show will be refunded after the game.

Free NFL Pick: Under 229.5 Passing Yards for Mark Sanchez in Week 14

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