The Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers will square off at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Linc. Both teams are coming off Week 1 victories and will be looking to start the season 2-0.
Here are five prop bets to throw some money on before Sunday’s big game.
All props provided by BetMGM.
DeVonta Smith OVER 3.5 receptions (-160)
We’ll kickoff the list with a no-brainer. DeVonta Smith is clearly Jalen Hurts’ favorite option in the passing game. In his NFL debut last week, Smith totaled six receptions on eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown. Facing a depleted 49ers secondary in this matchup, expect Smith to have another stellar outing.
Miles Sanders OVER 2.5 receptions (-115)
A lot has been made of Miles Sanders regression in the receiving category last season, but he seems to have bounced back after a solid Week 1 outing. Sanders tallied four receptions on five targets for a total of 39 yards. The bulk of receptions the Niners gave up last week were to Detroit’s running backs. In total, the Lions backfield recorded 16 receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Without linebacker Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco will have an even harder time stopping the Eagles running backs in the passing game. Nick Sirianni will more than likely go to his screen game early and often to neutralize San Fran’s pass rush, and Sanders will be the primary beneficiary of that.
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Dallas Goedert OVER 3.5 receptions (+110)
The Eagles tight end group was a focal point in their passing attack in Week 1 and it should remain that way for the rest of the season. The team’s top tight end option, Dallas Goedert, tallied four receptions on five targets for 42 yards and a touchdown. Again, with Dre Greenlaw out, the Niners don’t have many options to justifiably cover Goedert play in and play out.
Last week, San Fran’s linebackers and safeties allowed a total of 16 receptions on 20 targets for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Detroit tight end T.J. Hockenson feasted on the Niners all game long, racking up eight catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Goedert has a clear matchup advantage in this one and I expect the Eagles offense to exploit it.
Deebo Samuel UNDER 5.5 receptions (-110)
Deebo Samuel is coming off his best game as a pro. He led his 49ers in receiving with nine receptions for 189 yards and a touchdown. Nevertheless, he’ll be facing a much better secondary this week in Philadelphia.
Atlanta has some solid pass catchers in Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts, and Russell Gage, but not one of them went over five receptions against Philly. Their leading receiver on the day was Ridley, with five receptions for just 51 yards. Deebo is very versatile and will certainly have an impact on this game, so expect Kyle Shanahan to get the ball in his hands in a variety of different ways, not just through the air. Starting running back Raheem Mostert is out for this one — Samuel may end up taking some carries out of the backfield because of that.
Smashing the over on this one would be understandable, considering how porous the Eagles pass defense has been in recent years. But the improvement this secondary has seen this offseason cannot be understated. They’re good, and they should continue to prove that on Sunday.
Game total UNDER 45.5 points
Despite both teams putting up over 35 points last week, they’ll both be facing stout defenses this week. The Eagles held Atlanta to just six points, and while San Francisco allowed 33 points by game’s end, they held Detroit to 17 in three quarters. Once they pulled their starters out, Detroit began their comeback effort.
This will more than likely be a low scoring affair, with both team scoring in the low 20’s at most. Jalen Hurts and this Eagles offense won’t have as much success as they did in Week 1, regardless of how many defensive starters the Niners will be missing. The same can be said for the Niners offense, who scored the most points of any team opening weekend. Jonathan Gannon’s defense has all the pieces to slow down Shanahan’s attack.
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