3 Best Prop Bets for Commanders vs Jaguars in Week 1
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Commanders open their regular season this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It shouldn’t be an easy game by any stretch — it is the NFL after all — but schedule makers did Ron Rivera’s side a favor allowing for a potential strong start after they started last season vs the LA Chargers.
Seeing that it’s the first game of the season, fans are surely itching with anticipation to place wagers. We already provided the betting odds for the game. As of this writing, the Commanders are now favored by 2.5 points, per FanDuel.
But what if you don’t want to simply be the moneyline, spread or over/under? Luckily, there’s plenty of options to choose from, like player props.
The following props have our full attention.
3 best prop bets for Commanders vs Jaguars
*Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook
Antonio Gibson Prop Bet: Anytime TD Scorer (+110)
Yes, Gibson is listed as the Commanders’ No. 2 kick returner, but he’s still expected to have an uptick in carries while Brian Robinson heals from his gunshot wounds. The important thing is Dax Milne is the top kick returner, so chances are Gibson doesn’t see any work in the return game Sunday, thus opening the door for more carries.
Gibson has taken (deserved) criticism for his rushing style, but he’s incredibly efficient in the red zone. If the Commanders get down near the goal line, we like to think Gibson, fumbling issues and all, will get the nod for the offense.
FanDuel has Gibson at +110 odds as an anytime touchdown scorer. It’s the highest odds of any Washington player, and for good reason. We’d be all over this bet, though we wouldn’t fault bettors who are intrigued by Jonathan Williams at +700, meaning you could win $700 by simply placing a $100 bet.
Terry McLaurin Prop Bet: Over 60.5 Receiving Yards (-114)
You don’t get great odds here, but this is basically free money. Watch it go on to lose because I said that, but come on. How can you not love McLaurin to log 61 or more receiving yards against a weak Jaguars secondary?
Carson Wentz and McLaurin’s chemistry might be a work-in progress out of the gates, but they should absolutely connect for more than 60 yards in this one. We really don’t have to sell anyone on McLaurin’s talent (unless some Jags fans are tuned in). He’s fantastic and should get open consistently this Sunday.
And even if Wentz and McLaurin’s chemistry isn’t great to start, the offense’s game plan should still revolve around the $71 million receiver. He should see no fewer than 10 targets and we like his chances to turn that into more than 61 yards.
Travis Etienne Prop Bet: Over 21.5 Receiving Yards (-114)
I normally wouldn’t include an opponent prop, but I was stunned to see Etienne’s receiving yardage total so low.
Etienne missed all of his rookie season with a Lisfranc injury to his left foot suffered in the preseason and he’s a no-brainer breakout candidate in Year 2. The Jaguars used a first-round pick on Etienne last year and he should establish himself as one of the game’s premier pass-catching backs pretty quickly.
More importantly, Etienne was Trevor Lawrence’s teammate at Clemson. If the second-year quarterback is under duress, you better believe he’ll look to check down to Etienne. Their chemistry is almost second nature, so look for Etienne to eclipse 22 receiving yards rather easily this Sunday against Washington.