Week 1 of the NFL season is finally here. Even though this season will be unusual with limited fans in attendance, we will have football and that is something we all can be thankful for, NFL Prop Bets! To kick off the 2020 season, here are my top NFL prop bets for Sunday’s week 1 games.
NFL Prop Bets Week 1
Marlon Mack – RB, Indianapolis At Least 13 Rushing Attempts (-147)
Mack had a strong 2019 season rushing for over 1,000 yards and was tied for ninth in the league in total carries. He had over 12 carries in both games last season against the Jaguars. I expect that trend to continue.
Jacksonville is decimated along the defensive line and will have a hard time holding up against a strong Indianapolis offensive line. The Colts should be able to jump out to a lead, then lean on Mack and the running game to secure the win in the second half.
Gardner Minshew – QB, Jacksonville Over 243 Yards Passing (-113)
The Jaguars are clearly in rebuilding mode after completely dismantling the team that went to the AFC title game just three years ago. One of the few bright spots remaining is Gardner Minshew, who burst onto the scene with a strong rookie season finishing with 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Jacksonville does have a young and talented receiving core. They will need to play well for them to have a chance today. I expect the Colts to control the majority of the game which means Minshew will be throwing the ball plenty in the fourth quarter. I’ll be leaning OVER on his NFL prop bets today.
DeSean Jackson – WR, Philadelphia Over 52.5 Yards Receiving (-112)
Jackson only played one full game last year. It was against the Redskins where he torched his former team for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Carson Wentz likes to get the ball down the field and DeSean Jackson is still one of the top deep threats in the league even at the age of 33. The Eagles again have injuries at the receiver position which means Jackson and Wentz will have multiple opportunities to hit on a big play, and it only takes one for this NFL prop bet to cash.
Chris Godwin – WR, Tampa Bay Under 75.5 Yards Receiving (-112)
The biggest game of week is the new-look Bucs taking on the Saints. Tom Brady makes his first appearance for Tampa against one of the top teams in the NFC. Unfortunately for him, receiver Mike Evans is a game-time decision with a hamstring injury. Evans needs to be healthy for the remainder of the season so it’s probably a stretch for him to play many snaps today, if any.
If he can’t play, that leaves Godwin matched up against Marshon Lattimore, one of the top corners in football. Godwin is a good player, but Brady will need time to get his timing down which will benefit Lattimore and the New Orleans defense.
Julian Edelman – WR, New England Over 5 Receptions (-113)
Cam Newton is the new quarterback for the Patriots, and Edelman is still the clear number one option in New England. He has the innate ability to get open and find space in the middle of the field. Edelman had a productive 2019 season with 100 receptions and had over five catches in 10 games a year ago. With Newton still getting used to the offense, I think he will look for Edelman early and often.