Bears vs Chargers: Best Player Prop Bets for SNF
Two teams with disappointing seasons collide in primetime Sunday as the Chicago Bears (2-5) face the Chargers (2-4) in Los Angeles.
The Bears have turned around their season after an 0-4 start. Chicago has won two of their past three games, finally finding their footing with a strong running game complemented by WR D.J. Moore’s emergence as a competent pass-catching option.
Los Angeles has dropped two straight games after a 2-2 start to the season. Against Dallas and Kansas City, the Chargers were unable to slow down the passing attack. Combined, Los Angeles has yielded 696 passing yards and 5 TDs through the air in those losses.
With both teams needing a win to remain in their respective playoff hunt, which players can bettors count on to produce? Find out the top three player prop bets savvy gamblers can rely on as the Bears face the Chargers in the NFL Week 8’s Sunday Night contest.
Tyson Bagent UNDER 200.5 Passing Yards
Outside of Bagent’s family, nobody wants to see the Chicago Bears QB thrive more than this author. Bagent – like the author – is a West Virginia native who went to a small Division II school.
Becoming the first undrafted QB outside of a Division I school to start a game as a rookie since the 1950s, Bagent’s story is a Cinderella dream come true.
And even with the Chargers being the worst passing defense in the league, no one suspects Bagent will be more than a game manager in place of the injured Fields. With an uninspiring WR corps, expect Chicago to run against the Chargers and limit Bagent’s opportunities to pass against Los Angeles.
Austin Ekeler OVER 49.5 Rushing Yards
After suffering an ankle injury in the season opener, Chargers RB Austin Ekeler has been a shell of his former self. The Los Angeles spark plug was limited to a combined 72 rushing yards on 28 carries (2.5 yards per rush) and caught five passes for 36 yards.
Adding to Ekeler’s misery is a stout defensive opponent. Over their last three games, Chicago’s running defense has been on fire, allowing 99 rushing yards combined without allowing a rushing TD.
While it seems almost counterintuitive, expect Ekeler to buck the trend Sunday night, eclipsing the rushing yards mark needed for a successful wager. Ekeler’s previous two games have been against Kansas City and Dallas, and the Bears will be geared toward stopping Los Angeles’ passing attack.
Cole Kmet UNDER 29.5 Receiving Yards
Chicago TE Cole Kmet has been a steady performer in his four-year playing career. The Bears’ stalwart has caught 163 passes in his career, notching 1,639 receiving yards and 12 TDs in his 57-game stretch.
Even with a favorable matchup, don’t expect Kmet to exceed this small receiving yards total. With rookie QB Bagent starting in Week 7, Kmet was held without a catch in the team’s 30-12 victory over Las Vegas.
And while the Chargers just allowed a 194-yard performance last week to Kansas City, Los Angeles will not allow similar results to Kmet during this primetime matchup.
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