The first game on the Monday Night Football odds slate will take place in Charlotte as the Carolina Panthers look to avenge a Week 1 loss to the Falcons by taking on the 1-0 New Orleans Saints in Week 2.
This one should be rather intriguing given it’ll mark just the second game that No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young has played in his young career, but the pressure will certainly be on given his lackluster numbers in Week 1 and the team’s performance as a whole.
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Bryce Young MNF prop picks
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Bryce Young MNF prop pick
Over 28.5 pass attempts
It’s hard to get a read on Bryce Young so early in his NFL career with so little data to work with. What we can surmise, though, is that Young isn’t quite the dual-threat quarterback he was back in his Alabama days.
The Carolina Panthers watched as Young ran three times for 21 yards in his final preseason game and three times for 17 yards in his debut last week against the Falcons. If not for one 16-yard scramble against Atlanta, we’d really be looking at some very lackluster numbers in the rushing department.
With that, I think the best play here is to bet on Young to let it fly through the air. While the Titans didn’t have a ton of success against the New Orleans Saints last week through the air, Ryan Tannehill still threw 34 times with Tennessee never quite in control. The story was the same for Young against Atlanta; he threw a whopping 38 times.
The Panthers are modest 3-point underdogs in the NFL odds, but I do believe the Saints will lead for part or most of this game and will force Carolina to throw the ball. It seems the Panthers really want Young to air it out judging by his Week 1 line, so I think this is a great number to get.
Prop: Over 28.5 pass attempts (-105)
Bryce Young MNF same-game parlay
Bryce Young 30+ pass attempts (+105)
Miles Sanders 3+ receptions (+150)
Building off of what we said above, that Young will be airing the ball out quite a bit, we should be able to build out a decent same-game parlay.
I think Young’s pass attempt number is far too low, so I’m fine with going up to 30 here with limited options on DraftKings. After that, though, it gets a bit tricky. Terrace Marshall, Jr. was actually the guy leading the way in snaps for Carolina and had six targets in Week 1, but we can’t get receiving props on him. Adam Thielen’s numbers are juiced considering he’s the big name on this offense.
That’s why I land on Sanders. While he played 57% of snaps, it’s still more than Hayden Hurst, who I was also considering here. He had six targets, catching four of them, as the Panthers clearly wanted to get him involved in the passing game given his elusiveness.
I really like this parlay as a way to bet on Young’s arm being active. I think he’ll be airing it out all night, and with the Saints’ solid pass rush, he should be checking the ball down plenty.
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