The Cincinnati Bengals will be heavy underdogs as they travel to Jacksonville for a Monday Night Football showdown with the Jaguars.
What was expected to be a season-changing battle of two top teams has turned into a game against the NFC South-leading Jags and the Bengals, who sit at the bottom of the AFC North. Without Burrow, this game changes, but for bettors, it could showcase an opportunity.
The Bengals are coming off a 16-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That said, with sports betting legal in Ohio, if you live in the state or one of the several states with sports betting, you can make prop bets, which are often on fan-favorite players.
Let’s dive into three Bengals-Jags prop bets to consider.
Joe Mixon over 49.5 rushing yards (-110)
The Bengals need to make running the ball a priority. Jake Browning showed some competence last week, but it would be shocking to see Cincinnati not do a better job at pressing the run game. Jacksonville ranks 9th in the NFL in opponent yards per rush at 4.0.
The Bengals lead back, Joe Mixon, has notched 11 or more carries in all but one game this season. He has gone over this total in seven of 11 games. Expect the Bengals to push the ground game in order to free up Browning and lighten the load for the quarterback’s second-ever start.
Evan Engram over 42.5 receiving yards (-120)
Evan Engram has gone over this total in six games this season, and he will take on a defense that gave up over 100 yards to the Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth. He went for 120 receiving yards and nine receptions.
Engram is even a more focal point in the Jags offense than Freiermuth is for Pittsburgh. The Bengals haven’t been nearly as good against players in the slot as expected this season, and Engram has been a top target for Lawrence. Expect Engram to come out and top this receiving total.
Trevor Lawrence under 1.5 passing touchdowns (-115)
The Bengals rank tied for the 10-fewest opponents passing yards in the NFL. They allow 1.2 per game. Trevor Lawrence, while he has captained a dynamic Jacksonville attack, hasn’t been dominant as a passer when inching closer to the end zone. He has just two or more touchdowns in three games this season and has just one touchdown in six.
The Bengals may have been dominated in yards by Pittsburgh, but they allowed no passing touchdowns. Expect Cincinnati to be able to limit Lawrence’s effectiveness in the end zone and, for the value, take his under passing touchdowns.