Special Prop Bets to Add to Your Week 2 NFL Picks

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, September 11, 2014 7:23 PM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 7:23 PM GMT

We looked at some Bovada sportsbook NFL Week 2 specials on quarterbacks already here at SportsbookReview.com. Now let's examine a few other random props and our recommendations.

How many players will rush for 100 or more yards: 'over/under' 6
NFL odds list the 'over' at -130 favorite and 'under' at even money. No one can deny that the NFL is a pass-first league now (except perhaps in Seattle and San Francisco). A total of 10 quarterbacks threw for at least 300 yards in Week 1. That's probably going to be an average number each week. What was moderately surprising is that eight players rushed for at least 100, led by Knowshon Moreno's 134 for the Dolphins. Some guys on there, like Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster, you would expect. But the Jets' Chris Ivory? The Browns' Terrance West? The Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson? Ivory and West aren't even the featured backs on their teams and Patterson is a receiver.

Speaking of Patterson, there are also props on his game this week against the New England Patriots: 'over/under' 24.5 rushing yards ('over' is -130 and 'under' even money) and will he score a rushing touchdown: no at -300 and yes at +240. Patterson carried just three times for 102 yards in the win over the Rams last Sunday. He was just the fourth player ever and only the second since 1950 to gain at least 100 yards with three or fewer carries. The other was Brian Mitchell in 2000. Patterson's 67-yard TD scamper was tied for the second-longest touchdown run by a receiver in the past nine years. The guy is a matchup nightmare and the Vikings will continue to use him on jet sweeps and reverses. Patterson has gained at least 50 yards on the ground in his last three games.

NFL Picks: 'Over' six running backs, 'over' on Patterson's yards and no on a rushing TD.

 

How many games will at least one team score at least 30 points: 'over/under' 6.5
Both options are -115. The 2013 season was the highest scoring in league history. Week 1 actually was rather tame from a points perspective. The game with the most points was Saints at Falcons with 71 and that took overtime. The lowest-scoring matchup was Houston's 17-6 home victory over Washington.

The Week 1 games that didn't see any team reach 30 points were Redskins-Texans, Raiders-Jets (no surprise there considering the QBs), Bengals-Ravens, Bills-Bears, Titans-Chiefs, Panthers-Buccaneers, 49ers-Cowboys and Chargers-Cardinals. So that means eight had at least one with 30. When making my NFL picks I figured, at least these seven Week 2 games will see a team reach 30: Cowboys-Titans, Patriots-Vikings, Saints-Browns, Seahawks-Chargers, Jets-Packers, Chiefs-Broncos and Eagles-Colts.

NFL Pick: 'Over.'

 

Will Josh Gordon play a game in the 2014 regular season?
Yes is -400 and no is +250. This is easy money: yes. The NFLPA could vote as early as Friday on the NFL's proposed new drug policy. Essentially it will toughen the league's stance on some (HGH) and lessen the penalties on others (marijuana). When this happens, the suspension of guys like Gordon and the Broncos' Wes Welker will either immediately be over or at the worst shortened.

 

Will any team that finished last in their division last season finish first this season?
No is -140 and yes is even. So that means we are talking about the Redskins, Vikings, Buccaneers and Rams in the NFC and Bills, Browns, Texans and Raiders in the AFC.

Forget about St. Louis after how badly the Rams looked in their opener, plus they lost star defensive end Chris Long for up to 10 weeks. Washington wasn't very impressive in its opening loss in Houston, but the NFC East as a whole looks really mediocre. The Vikings crushed the Rams and can make a statement this week with a home win over New England. Tampa Bay lost at home to Carolina.

Go ahead and throw out Cleveland and Oakland. Those aren't happening. Buffalo looked quite good in its opening upset of the Bears, while heavy AFC East favorite New England didn't in its loss at Miami. That's possible. Houston's defense looked terrific and the AFC South favored Colts lost their opener, could lose Monday night vs. Philly and won't have star linebacker Robert Mathis now for the rest of the season.

NFL pick: There's a shot with Tampa, Washington, Buffalo and Houston. 

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