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Top 3 NFL player prop bets to watch in Week 2

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Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (12) and the Buccaneers have lost four consecutive regular-season games to the New Orleans Saints. The two NFC South rivals play Sunday in New Orleans.

The Thursday night showdown between the Los Angeles Chargers at the Kansas City Chiefs highlights the Week 2 NFL slate, as FrontPageBets GM/Content Director Mike Szvetitz makes his picks and predictions.

There aren't many teams that can say they've owned Tom Brady, but the New Orleans Saints can make that claim, at least since Brady's been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback is 0-4 against the NFC South rivals in regular-season games over the past two seasons. The lone win for Brady and the Bucs was a playoff game during Tampa Bay's 2020 Super Bowl season.

In those five games, the Bucs have been outscored 137-83 by the Saints. Brady's stats have been mediocre (by his standards), throwing eight touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

But how long can you hold down the G.O.A.T.?

FrontPageBets takes a look at three player props for Sunday's games.

(All odds courtesy of DraftKings and are subject to change)

Tampa Bay QB Tom Brady Over 277.5 passing yards (-115)

Brady is due for a big game.

Not only against the Saints, but in general. In his first outing of the season, Brady threw for 212 yards with a touchdown and interception in the Bucs' win over the Dallas Cowboys.

His passer rating was 87.3, well under his career average of 97.6 and 101.8 with Tampa Bay.

Look for Brady to bounce back in the Big Easy in a big way this Sunday, throwing for more than 277.5 yards. Plus he's averaging 308 passing yards against New Orleans as the Buccaneers' quarterback.

Washington WR Terry McLaurin anytime TD (+130)

Speaking of being due, Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin came into this season with high expectations. 

An offseason contract extension that put him in the top-10 highest-paid receivers category, McLaurin entered 2022 focused on continuing his production that saw back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.

In Washington's season-opening win against Jacksonville, McLaurin was held out of the end zone, and managed just two catches for 58 yards, which included a 49-yard reception.

This week on the road against the Detroit Lions, watch for Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz to get McLaurin more involved, especially inside the red zone.

For more on the Washington Commanders, read the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Atlanta QB Marcus Mariota Over 34.5 yards rushing (-110)

In the Atlanta Falcons' season-opening loss to New Orleans, starting quarterback Marcus Mariota had the second-best rushing performance of his eight-year career, running for 72 yards and a touchdown.

This week, against the Los Angeles Rams, who are 10.5-point favorites over the Falcons, Mariota could have a chance to pad his rushing stats.

No, Mariota isn't Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen, who ran for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Rams in Week 1. But Mariota is a mobile quarterback who can use his legs to not only get out of trouble, but to create. And against an aggressive defensive front like LA's, Mariota will need to scramble, which leads to big-gain opportunities. 


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Mike Szvetitz is the General Manager and Content Director for FrontPageBets.com. Szvetitz is a 22-year veteran reporter and editor, including serving 17 years as a sports editor in Florida, Alabama and Virginia, covering everything from preps to pros. His "View From The Lazy Boy" column won multiple state and national awards. He can be reached at mszvetitz@timesdispatch.com.

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