3 Best Prop Bets for Commanders vs Lions in Week 2
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Commanders and Detroit Lions will square off Sunday afternoon at Ford Field. Ron Rivera’s group is riding high on confidence after its thrilling Week 1 win over Jacksonville, but fans are eager to see how the team performs in its first road game of the young season.
It shouldn’t take much for a team to get up for the second game of the season, but the Commanders should be playing with a chip on their shoulder in this one, as the Lions, currently a -1.5 favorite for Sunday, have been an underdog for 24 straight games. That’s the longest streak since 1996.
We already gave our predictions against the spread. Now it’s time to dish out some prop bets for Sunday’s matchup, which is quietly gaining steam as a must-see game amongst football fans. Who would’ve thought, right?
3 best prop bets for Commanders vs Lions
*All odds are courtesy of FanDuel
3. Terry McLaurin over 59.5 receiving yards (-114)
McLaurin burned us last week as we bet him to go over 60.5 receiving yards against Jacksonville, but not by much as he finished with 58 yards
The fact those came on just two catches, though, leaves us optimistic for Week 2. Not only has the number dropped to 59.5, but McLaurin is a safe bet to receive more than four targets against Detroit. There’s no way Washington can justify targeting him less than eight times after he was barely involved in Week 1.
Not only that, but Eagles receiver AJ Brown erupted for 10 catches and 155 yards against this same defense last weekend. McLaurin will lock horns with former Ohio State teammate Jeff Okudah, too, so you have to think the newly-turned 27-year-old will be out to make a statement in this one.
We’re hammering McLaurin over 59.5 receiving yards.
2. Logan Thomas prop bet: Anytime touchdown scorer (+250)
If you’re looking for a prop with plus odds, we love Logan Thomas to score a touchdown against the Lions. The Commanders’ starting receiving trio accounted for all four of the offense’s touchdowns last week. That probably isn’t going to happen again. If it does, I’ll gladly take egg on my face.
Thomas was quietly very important against the Jaguars, catching three of six targets for 45 yards, which finished fourth on the team. Two of those catches went for first downs, so Carson Wentz clearly trusts him in high-leverage spots.
With so much of the Lions’ attention fixated on defending Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson, look for Thomas to shake loose near the goal line and give Washington a much-needed six points on Sunday. Even with Cole Turner slated to return to the lineup, Thomas’ +250 odds are too intriguing to pass up.
1. Antonio Gibson over 57.5 rushing yards (-114)
Like McLaurin’s prop, this bet is based on how the Eagles fared against Detroit. Not only did Brown go scorched earth, but Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts ran all over Dan Campbell’s defense. The Lions offense has several promising building blocks, but their defense is a work-in progress at this juncture of their rebuild.
Look for Antonio Gibson to build off a spectacular, but underrated, Week 1 performance. He led Washington in scrimmage yards by a wide margin and finished with 58 rushing yards on 14 carries; good for 4.1 yards per attempt.
Assuming the Commanders aren’t playing from behind, Gibson should comfortably eclipse the 57-yard threshold here. Jonathan Williams didn’t receive a single carry against the Jaguars while JD McKissic carried three times for eight yards.
Gibson over 57.5 rushing yards, baby. Thank us later.