The Cincinnati Bengals’ once-promising 2023 went from bad to worse when Joe Burrow went down with a season-ending injury. Now backup Jake Browning gets another chance to show us what he’s got in a primetime matchup against Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Monday Night Football.
Despite Browning getting the nod to start last week, star pass-catcher Ja’Marr Chase still put up good numbers on limited work. He has a tough test against Jacksonville on Monday, but it might be worth an NFL betting Lines pick on his receiving yards prop.
Chasing Profits with Cincy
When I look to make NFL picks on player props, particularly receiving yardage, I tend to avoid teams dealing with QB issues. A backup under center may deter you from trusting Chase to succeed on Monday night, but his skill alone will carry him to another successful night.
I won’t put Chase into the “matchup-proof” category, but he does have the skills to elevate Browning from a mediocre passer to at least above average. Add the return of wide receiver Tee Higgins and now the Jaguars can’t just blanket double-team Chase all night.
Ja’Marr Chase with a unique use of mouthguard here. pic.twitter.com/MCwyga39Ue
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 26, 2023
Even when defenses can double up on Chase, it doesn’t always matter. With a lot of extra attention last week, Chase still hauled in four passes for 81 yards against a stingy Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
Chase’s total receiving yards for Monday night is way lower than his season average and this total for last week, with the NFL odds hovering around 57.5 yards as of Monday morning.
I think the NFL lines for this prop are so low because Chase hasn’t been very consistent in going over his player props. But I blame a hectic season from Burrow for that. While I don’t think Browning is better than Burrow, he is healthy and is building chemistry with Chase.
MNF NFL Pick This Week: Ja’Marr Chase Over 57.5 Receiving Yards (-126)
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Bengals vs Jaguars Game Information
- Game: Bengals (5-6) vs Jaguars (8-3)
- Location: EverBank Stadium, Jacksonville, FL
- Day/Time: Monday, Dec. 3, 8:15 p.m. ET
- Bengals vs Jaguars Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
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Questions of the Day
Who's favorite to win on this MNF?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are favored on Monday Night Football over the Cincinnati Bengals, with the spread at 10 points and a moneyline at -510.
Which team will win the 1st quarter of MNF on Week 13?
The Jaguars are expected to win the first quarter with -130 ML odds and a spread of -2.5 points.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.