The Eagles are set to take on the Panthers this week at Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina.
With kickoff just over 24 hours away, here are five prop bets to take a look at this week. All bets/spreads provided by BetMGM.
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Miles Sanders OVER 47.5 rushing yards (-115)
Sanders hasn’t gone over 47.5 rushing yards since Week 2, but it’s not for a lack of talent or ability. He just hasn’t gotten the touches, totaling nine rushing attempts over the past two weeks. While I don’t have any evidence that Nick Sirianni will miraculously start focusing more on the running game, this just feels like the game where he finally does. The Panthers rush defense was stout over the first three weeks of the season, but they got exposed by the Cowboys last week. Dallas’ rushing attack accumulated 245 yards on the ground against this Panthers defensive unit. Sanders is going to have one of his signature performances one of these weeks, and I wouldn’t be shocked if this is the week where it happens.
Zach Ertz UNDER 28.5 receiving yards (-110)
While the Panthers defense could be susceptible to good tight ends, I’d imagine Dallas Goedert will be the beneficiary of that, not Zach Ertz. Ertz has done okay this year, proving that he’s not declining as rapidly as it appeared he was last season. But he’s still not a top-10 tight end anymore. He’s gone over 30 yards receiving three out of four weeks this season, but he’ll be facing a Carolina defense that has a chip on their shoulders following last week’s performance. Jalen Hurts will likely be under pressure for most of the afternoon, which will make it difficult to even get the ball in Ertz’s hands. Ertz has quietly had a nice start to his 2021 campaign, but I don’t see it carrying over into Week 5.
Sam Darnold OVER 0.5 interceptions (-105)
I’m not surprised that Sam Darnold is seeing a career resurgence this year in Carolina. He always had the talent, he just never had the right coaching or talent around him to succeed. But he did come back down to Earth a bit last week, throwing two costly interceptions in the second half that led to 14 points for Dallas. While Darnold is certainly playing the best football of his professional career, he’s still prone to mistakes if the opposing pass rush is getting home. The Eagles pass rush has been average at best this year, but the talent is still there and they’ll be facing a subpar offensive line. They managed to intercept Patrick Mahomes last week due to pressure, and I see no reason why they can’t do the same this week to Darnold.
Quez Watkins OVER 31.5 receiving yards (-115)
Quez Watkins has become the big play threat for the Eagles this season and I expect it to continue throughout the year. He’s only caught 10 balls through four games, but he’s averaging an astounding 21.9 yards per reception. Watkins has gone over 31 yards three out of four games this year, and we know Sirianni is going to take at least one deep shot in this game. More than likely, Watkins’ number will be called when that deep shot is dialed up. He may end the day with only 2-3 receptions, but that’s more than enough for Watkins to go over 31 yards.
Robby Anderson OVER 47.5 receiving yards (-115)
D.J. Moore has been the primary pass catching threat for Carolina this year, accounting for 35.5% of the team’s production through the air. The Darnold to Robby Anderson connection hasn’t been as fruitful as some expected heading into the year, given their history together dating back to their New York Jets tenures. The Eagles will likely prioritize slowing down Moore, meaning Darius Slay will be the primary corner on him. That’ll leave the door open for Anderson to go to work, and as we saw last weekend, the Eagles secondary will get absolutely torched if they don’t make a given receiver their top priority. The Darnold to Anderson connection will come alive in this one, which makes it an easy over bet for his receiving yardage.
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