NFL Prop Shop: Week 7's best player prop bets

Oct 17, 2013 |
NFL Prop Shop: Week 7's best player prop bets
Jones-Drew is finding more running room in the Jaguars offense.
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Jones-Drew is finding more running room in the Jaguars offense.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Don’t limit your NFL bets to just sides and totals each Sunday. Covers Expert Sean Murphy opens the doors to the Prop Shop, giving you his favorite player prop picks for Week 7.

Most passing yards

Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) vs. Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)

I could sum up this play with one sentence. I don't like what I'm seeing from RGIII.

Jay Cutler can be wildly inconsistent, but for my money, he has a stronger supporting cast than Griffin right now, not to mention the fact that he'll be facing a Redskins defense that has been repeatedly beat down this season.

Cutler is coming off a big bounce-back game against New York last week, throwing for 262 yards and two scores. He and Brandon Marshall will give the Skins secondary a serious test Sunday afternoon.

Take: Cutler

Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles)

Just when you think that Tony Romo has it all figured out, he generally stinks up the joint.

I'm not saying that Romo is in for a dreadful performance in Philadelphia, but I do expect him to fall short in this particular matchup.

It's rarely a bad idea supporting the Eagles when it comes to individual player props. The simple fact that they run a ton of offensive plays works in our favor. Foles threw for 296 yards in Tampa Bay last week and has tossed five touchdowns without an interception in the last two weeks.

Dallas is also allowing 7.4 yards per pass play this season, a slightly worse mark than the Eagles 7.2

Take: Foles

Most rushing yards

Ryan Mathews (San Diego Chargers) vs. Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Ryan Mathews is coming off his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, but there won’t be a repeat performance Sunday. Prior to that outing, Mathews had topped out at 73 rushing yards in a game this year.

The return of Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon from suspension has opened up their anemic offense and RB Maurice Jones-Drew has been a benefactor. He's gained at least 70 yards on the ground in back-to-back games - by far his best two performances of the season.

The Chargers defense looked good Monday, but is still allowing 4.8 yards per rush this season.

Take: Jones-Drew

Most pass receptions

Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans)

Last Sunday, it was Vernon Davis' turn to shine. This week, I expect to see Anquan Boldin step to the forefront in the 49ers’ offensive gameplan.

The Titans do possess an extremely physical defense and I believe they match up well against Davis. Boldin has caught just five passes for 49 yards in the last two games, so you can be sure he's eager to get more involved. The 49ers are obviously a better offensive team when Boldin is catching at least seven or eight balls a week.

It's not a difficult decision for the 49ers defense to key on Kendall Wright. He's caught 29 passes in the last five games but should see blanket coverage this week. With Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing to him, I don't have a great deal of confidence in Wright's ability to go off.


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