One of the most exciting weeks on the NFL calendar has arrived: Wild Card Weekend. This year we get six games again with the NFL’s new playoff format, including the first-ever playoff game on Monday night. And betting player props on those games is one of the most fun and lucrative ways to get in on the action.
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NFL Wild Card Weekend Prop Bets
Below are our best NFL player prop bets for this weekend.
Wild Card Weekend Prop #1: Rob Gronkowski Receiving Yards
The Eagles were one of the worst teams in the league defending tight ends this season. No team gave up more receptions (107) or touchdowns (14) to the position than Philly and only five teams gave up more yards.
The forecast in Tampa this Sunday isn’t great, but Tom Brady is severely lacking in weapons at the moment with Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown injured and cut, respectively.
We think Brady will have to rely on Old Faithful in this one, and the Eagles don’t have anyone to stop him. If you’re brave, you can get Gronk OVER 71 yards at +108.
The Pick: Gronkowski OVER 61 Receiving Yards (-114)
Wild Card Weekend Prop #2: Dak Prescott 2+ Passing Touchdowns
Prescott passed for two or more touchdowns 11 times this season, including each of his final three games. And while the Niners have a very strong defensive front, they are weaker on the back end of their defense and we think the Cowboys will be game-planning to attack that weakness.
The Cowboys ran the ball effectively down the stretch of the season, but we aren’t sure they’re going to be able to in this game. So we’re betting on Dak passing the ball a lot and ultimately tossing at least a couple of those passes for touchdowns.
The Pick: Prescott 2+ Passing TDs (-208)
Wild Card Weekend Prop #3: Josh Jacobs Receptions
In all seven of the Raiders’ losses this season, running back Josh Jacobs caught four or more passes. In the team’s 10 wins, he caught four or more passes just once.
What we have here is a discrepancy in how the Raiders play when they’re winning vs losing. In losses, they are playing more hurry-up offense and throwing the ball more in an attempt to catch up.
It just so happens that the Raiders are 5.5-point underdogs on the road this week against a high-flying Bengals team that some people think will blow the doors off Vegas this weekend.
If you think that’s going to happen, you should be betting Jacobs to get four or more receptions like we are.
The Pick: Jacobs 4+ receptions (+102)
What Is An NFL Prop Bet?
An NFL prop bet is a wager that has no direct impact on the outcome of a football game.
A prop bet is sometimes referred to as a “proposition” wager, and though these bets are often for entertainment purposes, they also give an opportunity to hone in on a specific statistic or in-game matchup to profit off tiny bits of information.
NFL prop bets can range from NFL player props like a quarterback’s total passing yards, to a defensive player’s sacks, or even more niche bets like QB rushing yards, passing attempts or other various OVER/UNDERs.
At your online betting site of choice, NFL prop bets could be something like:
How To Read NFL Prop Bet Odds
When you visit your favorite online sportsbook, you can find prop odds for most sports, and certainly every football game each weekend. Most kinds of props will look like the following example (with either YES/NO odds or OVER/UNDER odds):
How many touchdowns will Lamar Jackson throw against the New York Giants?
In this NFL prop bets example, you can wager on whether you think the Ravens QB will throw two or more touchdowns against the Giants, or one or fewer. If you place $100 on Jackson to toss OVER 1.5 TDs at +200 odds, you would return $300 (your $100 back, plus $200 in profit). If you win a bet wagering on the UNDER 1.5 at -200, you would need to wager $200 to profit $100. Calculate exact profits using Odds Shark’s sports betting calculator.