Matthews was clearly in the wrong with his late hit on Chicago Bears passer Mitch Trubisky, which put Green Bay’s season-opening 24-23 comeback win at risk. However, his hit on pivot Kirk Cousins in last weekend’s 29-29 tie with the Minnesota Vikings has sparked fierce debate on how on-field officials are interpreting new rules designed to protect quarterbacks from unnecessary injury.
Although the NFL’s response to the call has failed to quell the ongoing debate on the controversial rule, the odds of Matthews avoiding a roughing the passer penalty this weekend sit at a short -700.
Another slow start by the New York Giants has placed Eli Manning’s future in the Big Apple in doubt. The Giants have carried over their dismal offensive production from last season into the new campaign, tallying just 28 total points in two losses to open their schedule. That has left Manning pegged as a +110 wager to not be the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1 of next season.
Manning failed to find the end zone in the Giants’ 20-15 season-opening loss to Jacksonville as 3-point home underdogs, but showed improvement with one scoring toss and 279 passing yards in last weekend’s 20-13 loss in Dallas.
The prospects of a quick turnaround look bleak for a Giants squad now pegged at +8000 on the Super Bowl odds. In addition, the team lacks an alternative to Manning under center after releasing second-year passer Davis Webb, fueling strong -150 odds of Manning returning to New York next season.
QBs Mahomes, Fitzpatrick Also on NFL Week 3 Props
While Manning has struggled, Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Fitzpatrick have enjoyed impressive starts to the season. Mahomes has tossed 10 total touchdown passes in his first two outings at the helm for the Kansas City Chiefs, while the veteran Fitzpatrick has connected on four scores in each of his first two outings under center in Tampa Bay.
Mahomes is an intriguing +275 to hit on four scoring passes when the Chiefs host San Francisco on Sunday. However, Fitzpatrick is a lengthy +400 wager to toss for four touchdowns for a third straight week, while a successful bet on both passers connecting on four scoring passes sit at +1400 odds on the NFL prop bets.
Elsewhere on the NFL Week 3 props, Buffalo cornerback Vontae Davis stunned both fans and teammates last Sunday by retiring at halftime of the Bills’ 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, and is pegged as strong -700 bet to not play another NFL game this season.
Conversely, Josh Gordon is expected to see regular action after getting dealt to the New England Patriots earlier this week. The wide receiver appeared in just 10 total games in 2016 and 2017, but sports strong -150 odds of appearing in OVER 9.5 games this season.
*Odds as of September 21, 2018
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