Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots: Top prop bets in Week 17
The highlight of Bill Belichick’s sitdown with the media Friday was his exchange with the reporter that keeps asking him about his New Year’s resolution. However, the New England Patriots head coach also had good things to say about Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, whom he will face in Week 17.
This isn’t going to be an easy matchup for the Jags, who are currently riding a seven-game losing streak. While the Patriots aren’t the cream of the crop in the AFC, they are certainly one of the better teams and they need a win to qualify for the playoffs, so it’s unlikely they will give Jacksonville a break. On the other hand, the Jags are looking to finish the season strong, so don’t expect them to throw in the towel. Here are three enticing prop bets for the game, via WynnBET.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ top 3 player props in Week 17.
1. Dare Ogunbowale, anytime scorer (+200).
Jaguars running back Dare Ogunbowale will make his first start of the season after James Robinson tore his Achilles in Week 16. Something similar happened last year, with Ogunbowale starting in relief of Robinson the last two weeks under similar circumstances.
Ogunbowale isn’t the kind of player that will keep opposing defensive coordinators awake looking for a way to stop him. However, he has been serviceable when called up. In his two starts in 2021, he toted the rock 28 times for 121 yards and averaged 4.32 per carry. Not bad for a fourth-string running back, right? Bet $ 100 on him to score at any time of the Jags’ game against the Pats and win $200 for a total payout of $300.
2. Jaguars’ offense under 13 points (-120).
There’s no way to sugarcoat this. The Jaguars’ offense has been bad in 2021. They haven’t thrown a passing touchdown since Week 12 and rank dead last in points scored ahead of Week 17. Thus, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them fail to score more than 12 points against the Patriots, who have the 11th best defense when it comes to points scored.
Since Week 8, the Jags have scored 14 points or fewer five times and they will be on the road in Week 17. Moreover, Bill Belichick is great at game planning for rookie quarterbacks, so it’s hard to envision the Jags having a solid performance on Sunday. That’s why this prop bet is enticing.
3. Marvin Jones Jr., first touchdown scorer (+1,700).
Injuries and a COVID-19 outbreak have depleted the Jaguars of several players ahead of Week 17. One of the few that is still available as of this writing is wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. Although he’s only had one 100-yard game this season, he’s arguably the team’s most valuable weapon on offense right now. Expect Trevor Lawrence to favor him early and often.
If there’s a Jaguars’ player that will score a receiving touchdown versus the Pats is Jones. Betting on him being the first player to score in the game would pay big dividends.
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