Monday Night Fooball is your last chance to get NFL Player Props Week 2. The Saints travel to Vegas to take on the Raiders in the first ever game in Allegiant Stadium. New Orleans will be short-handed without Michael Thomas, arguably the top receiver in the NFL. Drew Brees will need to adjust, but he does have other viable options in the passing game. The Raiders will rely on their strong offensive line and tailback Josh Jacobs who had three touchdowns in the win over Carolina. We closed strong last week and I’m confident tonight will be more of the same.
NFL Player Props Week 2 for MNF
Josh Jacobs – RB, Las Vegas At Least 21 Rushing Attempts (-118)
The Raiders receiving core is already thin with Tyrell Williams out and first round pick Henry Ruggs questionable with a knee injury. Ruggs left last week’s game and was limited in practice this week. If Ruggs can’t play the offense will be extremely limited. Jon Gruden will need to utilize Josh Jacobs and the Raiders’ talented offensive line to hopefully keep Drew Brees and the Saints offense off the field. As a team, they ran for 133 yards and Jacobs had 25 carries in their win over Carolina. Jacobs will need to get at least 25 carries and possibly more for Vegas to come away with a win over New Orleans.
Latavius Murray – RB, New Orleans Over 33.5 Rushing Yards (-125)
Murray is an underrated player who is a tough inside runner that complements his teammate Alvin Kamara in the Saints’ backfield. Kamara is such a talented player that Murray is often overshadowed in New Orleans. Without star receiver Michael Thomas in the lineup, Drew Brees will need to count on a few different players including Latavius Murray. Vegas allowed 129 yards on the ground last week, and I believe the Saints will want to run the ball to help set up the passing game. Last week Murray ran for 48 yards on 15 carries. If he can get anywhere close to 15 carries, this prop should hit.
Jared Cook – TE, New Orleans Over 4 Receptions ( -143)
Jared Cook saw seven targets against Tampa and that number should increase without Michael Thomas in the lineup. He had five receptions and 80 yards in the win over the Bucs. Cook can be inconsistent, but I’m confident he will be a large part of the game plan. At this point in his career, Drew Brees does not look for the deep ball and is comfortable throwing intermediate routes which is where Cook can flourish. As long as Thomas is out of the lineup, Cook will continue to be one of Brees’ top targets.
Taysom Hill – QB/TE, New Orleans First Touchdown Scorer ( +1700)
I’m throwing some pizza money on Hill to score the first touchdown tonight. Hill can play multiple positions and last week was used as rusher, receiver and quarterback. With the Saints missing one of their top weapons, Sean Payton may have a few more offensive packages ready for Hill especially in red zone opportunities.