Twas the day before Christmas
and in the Panthers’ house
a young QB was stirring.
Although... he’s the size of a mouse.
Baker Mayfield just hung a perfect rating.
Well, that same Barry scheming
soon would be there.
Green Bay Packers on defense
will play in soft zone
and the Carolina receivers
will be standing alone.
Bryce Young’s passing line
of one seventy one and a half
should easily go over.
All you can do is laugh.
Today is Christmas Eve and Packers’ fans are going to be gifted a chance to see their team go into BofA stadium to play the 2-12 Carolina Panthers. Looking over all the prop bets available at DraftKings, there aren’t many intriguing options that should buck the trends. Here are a couple of ideas I feel are worth exploring.
Bet 1: Bryce Young OVER 171.5 passing yards (-115)
If you caught even just the recap of last week’s game, this can’t come as a surprise. Baker Mayfield and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers strolled into Lambeau Field and was gifted wide-open throws time and time again by Joe Barry’s signature defense. Was this caused by poor scheming? Was this caused by an issue with communication between players? Was everyone on the defensive side of the ball playing hurt? Will today’s game result in a playoff elimination and Packers fans once again being forced to watch highlights from the game in a dark room while listening to the album It’ll End In Tears by This Mortal Coil?
Anyway, Bryce Young has been mediocre at best and a downright liability at worst. The Panthers are dead last in offensive efficiency and Young is the worst QB in the league in Net Yards gained per pass attempt. The gap between the Panthers’ mark of NY/A vs the anemic Chicago Bears is roughly the same as the gap between the Bears and the Dallas Cowboys.
Bryce Young has been sacked the second-most times of any quarterback this season and averages 181 yards per game. So, basically, expect 0 sacks and a performance over 200 yards passing. Side note: Young’s alternative passing yardage prop bet of >200 is set at +185 and is worth looking into.
Bet 2: Dontayvion Wicks OVER on everything
Very early this morning, Adam Schefter tweeted that the Packers are expected to be without Christian Watson once again but should have Dontayvion Wicks in the lineup. At the time of writing, no lines have been set for Wicks’ over/under marks in either receptions or yardage.
This has been a common trend any time he appears on the injury report and the lines get published immediately after the team announces gameday inactives.
With that said: if Wicks plays, bet the over.
EDITOR’S NOTE: With the inactive report out and Jayden Reed inactive, Wicks’ over/unders are set at 52.5 yards and 4.5 receptions. Indeed, take the overs on Wicks again this week.
Happy Holidays! Should I be proven correct with my first bet and the defense causes the team to lay an egg just remember: at least that hurts the Bears.