This game will be on the back of another terrific performance from Bengals’ quarterback Jake Browning, who set the record for the highest completion percentage through the first starts. Browning beat the Jags on Monday Night Football and bounced back with a home victory over the Colts.
The Vikings, especially given the mid-season absence of Justin Jefferson, who has missed several games this season, have struggled. They are still 7-6, but without Kirk Cousins, they are a different beast. Minnesota won 3-0 against the Raiders last week and has lost two of its last three.
Let’s dive into three Bengals-centric props to consider.
Jake Browning over 1.5 passing touchdowns (+150)
Jake Browning has been electric. He threw for two touchdowns against the Colts in their 34-14 win in Week 14. Browning has had three starts and has thrown for a touchdown in each. The usage is there, with the 27-year-old having attempted 24 or more passes in all three starts. With a completion percentage of 73% or higher in each, expect his ascension to continue here.
Minnesota allows just 1.2 passing touchdowns per game, so this is the riskiest play here. However, given the dynamic core of receivers for Cincinnati, the Bengals should be able to find the end zone often as they’ve shown they can with Browning at the helm.
Jordan Addison over 37.5 receiving yards (-115)
The Bengals should want to do one thing - limit Jefferson. Addison will be able to let loose in that case. He has gone over this total in six of his last seven games, and he has almost doubled it in three of those. Addison has 713 receiving yards throughout the season and may continue to be a focal point of the offenses with opposing defenses focused on Jefferson.
Cincinnati ranks 19th in opponents' completion percentage at 65.38%, so expect whatever goes Addison’s way to have a good chance at being completed. Take his over here.
Tyler Boyd under 30.5 receiving yards (-115)
Simply put, Tyler Boyd has not been a big part of the Bengals' offense. The eruption of Tanner Hudson and the continued dominance of Ja’Marr Chase, along with a quality run game led by Chase Brown and Joe Mixon, has hurt the use of Tee Higgins and Boyd. Boyd has gone over this total in just one of his last four games and has had 23 or fewer yards in three of his last four.
The targets aren’t necessarily there either, having just five targets per game over the Bengals' last three battles. Browning trusts Chase and his backs instead of Boyd, and the numbers reflect that. Take under Boyd’s receiving total.