The NFC South takes center stage in the first game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader. The Saints are road favorites after beating the Titans in Week 1, and the Panthers enter this contest after losing to the Falcons. The game script should be good for New Orleans and bad for Carolina, which is reflected in the following Panthers vs. Saints player props.
Panthers vs. Saints Player Props
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Monday Night Football Prop Bets: Week 2
Here’s a trio of Panthers vs. Saints player props I like for Monday’s primetime matchup:
Laviska Shenault Under 1.5 Receptions (-140)
Laviska Shenault is merely a rotational gadget player and could be squeezed for playing time this week. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Shenault played only 12 passing snaps and ran 11 routes in Week 1, aligning in the slot for three plays and wide for four. They also credited Shenault with eight snaps in the backfield.
However, D.J. Chark was a full participant in practice on Saturday. He’s listed as questionable but should return this week. Even without Chark last week and playing from behind, Shenault had only two targets, two receptions, and 16 receiving yards last week. With more target competition this week, I expect Shenault to fall short of 1.5 receptions.
Where to bet: Laviska Shenault Under 1.5 Receptions | -140 DraftKings Sportsbook
Miles Sanders Over 11.5 Receiving Yards (-115)
Miles Sanders isn’t a good receiving back. Yet, Carolina’s below-average offensive line and lousy wide receivers are a recipe for Sanders catching passes. Sanders ran 20 routes versus 13 for Chuba Hubbard in Week 1. Moreover, Sanders was targeted on a healthy 20% of his routes, resulting in four receptions for 26 yards.
Obviously, those weren’t eye-popping numbers. Still, Bryce Young wasn’t shy about using his running backs as safety valves behind an offensive line that PFF ranked 21st in pass blocking in Week 1. Last week, Tennessee’s running backs combined for three receptions and 57 receiving yards on seven targets. The bar for Sanders to clear his receiving prop is low, and I love his chance to eclipse it.
Where to bet: Miles Sanders Over 11.5 Receiving Yards | -115 DraftKings Sportsbook
Jamaal Williams Over 55.5 Rushing Yards (-114)
Jamaal Williams had an inefficient showing in Week 1, rushing for just 45 yards on 18 attempts. However, Tennessee’s run defense is stout. The same is not true for Carolina’s run defense. Atlanta’s running backs steamrolled Carolina’s run defense for 131 rushing yards at a blistering 5.2 yards per carry.
Additionally, according to The 33rd Team, the Panthers have allowed 98.7 rushing yards per game to running backs since last year. The organization changed coaches and some personnel on defense since last year, but they were dreadful against the run last week.
Williams should also be a workhorse in a good game script this week. Alvin Kamara is still suspended, and Kendre Miller was a limited participant in practice this week. Thus, Bet Prep projects Williams for 58.41 rushing yards.
Where to bet: Jamaal Williams Over 55.5 Rushing Yards | -114 FanDuel Sportsbook
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