Prop Matt


Remember in Back to the Future II when Biff steals the DeLorean and travels back in time to give teenage Biff the sports almanac? That basically has the same effect as reading this article. No, not the butterfly effect! Just you winning lots of bets, getting paid, and getting laid!

Betting on games is exciting, but that’s too easy. What I’ll do here is break down a few prop bets that will leave your pockets full and have you rooting for players you never thought you would have otherwise. So without further ado, here’s the first edition of Prop-a-ganda.

 Blane Gabbert O/U 185.5 Total Passing Yards (Over, -115)

Since the start of the 2010 season, nine rookie quarterbacks have made starts in the NFL: Tebow, Clausen, McCoy, Skelton, Rusty Smith, Max Hall, Sam Bradford, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton. Of these nine QBs, only four have managed to surpass the 185.5 yard mark in their first start. However, the five that could not get past that 185 mark were Tebow, Clausen, Skelton, Rusty Smith and Max Hall. That’s not exactly the murderer’s row of arms. (Note: Dalton did no surpass the 185 yard mark in his first start, but he had to leave the game early with an injury. When he played the full game in Week 2 he easily eclipsed 185 yards). Also, the Jaguars are playing Carolina who has been torched in air in their first two games, giving up over 300 yards in each. Take that information along with the fact that Gabbert, albeit in garbage time, managed to go 5/6 for 52 yards in less than a quarter against the New York Football Jets, and you’ve got a nice little bet taking the Over for total Gabbert passing yards. That being said, if you refuse to bet on Blane Gabbert because his golden locks make him look fairly feminine, I won’t blame you.


Jay Cutler O/U 3.5 Sacks (Over, -150)

If you watched Chicago’s game last week, you’ll know that Cutler spent more time in the sand than David Hasselhoff. Wait, wrong reference. He spent more time in the grass than Bob Marley (or should I say Jerome Simpson). He was under enough pressure that he targeted Matt Forte 14 times. Guys, Matt Forte is a running back! He was dumping the ball off left and right. He was barely able to drop back three steps without having someone up in his face. At one point I felt bad for him, and it takes a lot for me to feel bad for Jay Cutler. Scott Hastings, the former Broncos radio color man went as far to call Cutler “an arrogant little punk” and “a little bitch” on a national show. But if you think that’s harsh, wait until you see what the Packers are going to do to Cutler in Week 3. The defending champion Pack was definitely watching that Bears game against the Saints last week and they have the defensive personnel to replicate that performance. I like Cutler over 3.5 sacks at -150.


Check back next week for more weekly player props and future team and player props. Keep it classy.

-Prop Matt


About Kate Potter

Kate Potter is a professional sports better and a semi-pro fantasy football player.

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