3 Best Prop Bets for Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions in Week 1

DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Eagles battle the Detroit Lions in Week 1 of the NFL season. Here are the three best prop bets you could make this week.

After watching the Philadelphia Eagles handle training camp and three preseason games with an approach that was as conservative as it gets, some might argue that a game versus the Lions represents the perfect opponent for a regular-season tune-up. After all, Detroit hasn’t won more than half of their games since they eclipsed the .500 plateau in back-to-back seasons by earning nine wins in 2016 and 2017.

Some argue another point. While the Birds were canceling much of their offseason workout program and participating in practices that were void of tackling, the Lions were conditioning themselves to be more physical. That’s led some to believe that, when the game between these two teams finally kicks off on September 11th, there’s a chance that Detroit is fully capable of an upset.

Everyone relax. Don’t let HBO’s Hard Knocks series fool you. Don’t fall into the trap of saying things that you wouldn’t believe had you not been watching television on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EST.

The Eagles are more talented. They have better coaches, and when the smoke clears and the dust settles, Philly is the better team. We can all agree on the notion that no one should be shocked if this isn’t a walkthrough, but the Birds, more than likely are going to win this game.

Here are a few prop bets to take advantage of as you watch this one unfold.

Jalen Hurts OVER 225.5 Passing Yards Prop Bet (-114)

Once the Eagles’ first-year coaching staff decided to run the ball in 2021, things began to come together for the Eagles’ offense. Jalen Hurts attempted 14 passes last Halloween, the last time these two teams met. That led to 103 yards through the air. Still, the addition of A.J. Brown and the confidence that comes with playing in the same offensive system for the first time since he was a prep star leads us to believe that Philly will want to air the ball out more often in 2022.

The aforementioned 103 yards passing total came on nine completions. In a game that figures to be more competitive than it was last season, he may be asked to do more. Take the over for passing yards in this one. Achieving the 225.5 landmark should be an easy ask.

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Devonta Smith OVER 46.5 Yards Receiving (-114)

The Lions have worked diligently to improve their roster. They should be applauded for doing so, but they’re still relatively vulnerable at the cornerback position.

Questions abound whenever we discuss Jeff Okudah. He’s battled injuries for most of his young career, and while the man on the other side, Amani Oruwariye is talented, Detroit just doesn’t have the horses to hold up versus an air attack.

As you move down Philly’s depth chart at wide receiver and compare them to the guys they’ll more than likely draw in coverage, it seems obvious that the Lions will be forced to dedicate many of their resources to limiting A.J. Brown and Dallas Goedert. That means DeVonta Smith could have a field day. Take the over for receiving yards for Number 6 here as the total is set at 46.5.

Philadelphia Eagles To Win and Under (48.5) points Prop Bet Parlay (+250)

When the line for this one opened at 4.5 in the Philadelphia Eagles’ favor, we saw this game as one that, possibly, finishes in the 27-17 range. As you know, the spread has since been lessened to 3.5 points, but a game that produces 49 points seems unlikely. A 27-17 final score still feels reasonable.

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Sure, no one knows how this one will turn out obviously. Then again, even though these two teams combined for 50 points a season ago, 44 of said points were scored by the guys in the visiting jerseys. This one figures to be more competitive. It’s also Week 1, so we’re going to assume that something approaching a shootout is unlikely.

FanDuel’s over/under is set at 48.5 points. Be cool. Take the under.