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Cole Kmet Over 37.5 Receiving Yards (-110)
Adam Theilen 60+ Passing Yards (-240)
Bryce Young Over 1.5 Touchdowns (+170)
The Carolina Panthers travel to Chicago to face the Bears on Thursday Night Football to begin Week 9. Both teams have a combined 3-14 record, and it doesn’t seem like their struggles will end anytime soon.
Two weeks ago, Carolina won their first game of the season against the Texans. While the Texans have come around tremendously, they’re not a quality opponent.
After that victory, they lost 27-13 to the Gardner Minshew run Colts. This loss is a season crusher, considering that Indianapolis isn’t that talented of a football team.
The Bears have always been a team that can produce numbers but not get the win in the long run. Chicago is coming off an extremely upsetting loss to the Saints in Week 8.
Despite this not being the most entertaining game, there are a few props that we’re eyeing for the matchup. We’re breaking it all down in our TNF SGP.
The Bears have produced large numbers as far as offensive props go recently. Cole Kmet has been a significant factor in the Bears' offense since Fields got injured a few weeks back. He will continue to serve as a primary target as Fields plans to return this Thursday night.
While Carolina is second in the league against opposing tight ends, Kmet has proven, week after week, that he is worthy of being a prop betting option.
The former second-round pick out of Notre Dame has hit over 37.5 yards in six of his last eight games. With Fields out, Kmet became Tyler Bagents' number-one target, catching two touchdowns last week.
In Week 9, he had six catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns. The week before, he accumulated 10 catches for 79 yards.
The Panthers give up only 178 passing yards per game and the fourth least amount of yards to tight ends. However, Kmet can raise the standards and have an incredible night at home in Chicago.
Adam Theilen has been Bryce Young's favorite target for most of the season and hasn’t slowed down since stepping into that role. Theilen has always been a target machine since his days in Minnesota.
Carolina added the former Vikings wide receiver in the 2023 off-season. They signed him to a three-year $25 million contract, and he has not disappointed thus far.
Theilen has averaged almost eight catches for over 76 yards per game. He has been a reliable and consistent target for Young since the moment he came to the team.
The Chicago defense gives up 257 pass yards per game to opposing defenses, and Theilen has taken on the number one wide receiver role, so it makes sense to lean over on this total.
Bryce Young has been a disappointment so far this season. However, Thursday Night Football is a matchup where he could reach his potential. The struggling rookie will face a bad passing defense, which should help him open up his downfield shots.
The Bears' defense allows over two passing touchdowns a game, which is the most in the NFL. Young averages over one touchdown pass per game so he has been finding the endzone.
Chicago's defense is the worst against passing touchdowns and 29th against passing yards to opposing quarterbacks. Taking the over of 221.5 passing yards for Young is not a bad deal against one of the worst defenses in the NFL, but we’re leaning toward his passing touchdowns for the big plus money.
Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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