NFL Week 2 betting tips: The best prop bets on Week 2 of the 2017 NFL season

Leigh Copson in Weekly Tips 16 Sep 2017

Week 2 is upon us in the NFL, and player props expert Marcas Brennan is on hand to tell us what players look set to shine on Sunday night.

New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints (18:00 BST)

The Patriots rarely lose two in a row and Tom Brady couldn’t have asked for a better matchup to rebound as he faces the New Orleans Saints. Yes, they have Drew Brees on one side of the ball but they still possess an abysmal pass defence and all roads point to a high scoring affair in the Superdome on Sunday night. Brady has been waxing lyrical about the professionalism of Brandon Cooks ever since he arrived from New Orleans and he is set to become the Patriots number one receiver in the absence of Julian Endleman. Last week on just three catches, Brooks racked up 88 receiving yards but Brady constantly targeted his new wide out on the deep ball. The Saints have a young secondary who gave up 346 yards to Sam Bradford on Monday night and Cooks is certain to top 100 yards on his return to New Orleans.

We’re sticking with the Saints and Patriots matchup with Michael Thomas set for a huge afternoon on home turf. Thomas is the Saints best receiver and it will be no surprise to see New Orleans playing catch-up against Bill Belichick’s men which will mean an aerial bombardment from Drew Brees and co.  The second year wide out had a disappointing start to the season against the Vikings but is a much better player when playing in the Superdome as he averaged six catches per game in 2016.  The Patriots struggled against the Chiefs last week and all signs point to another high scoring game with Thomas being the beneficiary. 

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (18:00 BST)

This line is about 20 yards too low for someone of Walker’s ability and is an overreaction to the Jaguars defensive performance in week one. The Jaguars were excellent against the Texans but the Titans are miles better on offence. Walker remains the best passing option in Tennessee and this was highlighted with a seven catch performance for 76 yards against the Raiders in week one. Walker enjoys playing against Jacksonville and averages 75 yards per game against the Florida franchise which further endorses the fact that this line is too low.  

Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers (21:05 BST)

Keenan Allen is one of my favourite receivers in the game and I’m hoping he’s lost none of his ability after a year out with injury. Although he only gained 35 yards in the opener against the Broncos, he was up against a top class cornerback in Chris Harris and did account for five catches on the night. Allen was also targeted on 30% of the Chargers passing plays which show how keen Phillip Rivers is to get the ball to his favourite target. Allen is going to have a breakout game soon enough and it would be no surprise if it was against the Dolphins on Sunday evening.  

New York Jets at Oakland Raiders (21:05 BST)

Crabtree is one of the most underrated wide receivers in the league. While most teams talk about Amari Cooper, Derek Carr and Marshawn Lynch of the Raiders, it is easy to forget that they also possess a sure handed receiver in Michael Crabtree. The former 49er is one of Carr’s favourite red zone targets and has 17 touchdowns in two seasons with the Raiders. The Jets look set for a shocker of a season and an easy Raiders win is expected. They could score four plus TD’s with Crabtree looking great value at 17/10 to haul in one of them.  

Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (01:30 BST Monday)

The late game is something to savour as the Packers travel to NFC rivals the Atlanta Falcons. This promises to be a classic and over 60 points was scored in each of the last three meetings. Expect tons of offence and plenty of Julio Jones, who is looking to bounce back from a tepid performance seven days ago against the Bears. 4 receptions for 66 yards isn’t a terrible stat line but disappointing by Jones’ standards and the Falcons wide out isn’t someone who takes lukewarm performances too kindly.  Every time Jones was held to less than 70 yards receiving in 2016 he would follow that up with a performance of 95 yards plus seven days later, he did that on six occasions last year. Jones was also on fire when the pair last clashed, accounting for 9 catches and 180 yards and this Sunday should be no different. 

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