With the Hall of Fame Game set for Thursday, August 4th–the NFL IS BACK! Pre-season prop bets can be some of the toughest to decipher. Have no fear! DFS Karma is here to provide you with the winners!
Check out my top five calls for the Pre-Season opener between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Las Vegas Raiders:
Jake Luton, QB Jacksonville Jaguars: OVER 130.5 passing yards
From all accounts, Trevor Lawrence and C.J. Beathard will be sitting this one out. Someone has to play quarterback for the Jaguars! In all seriousness, I believe that new Head Coach Doug Pederson has some work to do in settling on his 3rd string quarterback.
Jake Luton should have the edge over Kyle Sloter for that distinction. We know that Pederson has a history of slinging it, so I expect the Jaguars to throw the ball a ton here in the opener.
I anticipate Jake Luton to play at least to halftime, if not into the 3rd quarter. I would take the OVER on 130.5 passing yards.
Snoop Conner, RB Jacksonville Jaguars: OVER 39.5 rushing + receiving yards
If you look at Snoop Conner’s college profile, he doesn’t scream pass-catcher, with a total of 30 receptions in his three-year career. The Jaguars did virtually nothing in the off-season to address the running back position but saw enough in Snoop Conner to draft him late.
I would anticipate the Jaguars giving Conner a long look in the run game, but also as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, to see if he can hack it.
We know Doug Pederson loves throwing to his backs in space, so I would take the over on 39.5 yards from rushing and receiving combined.
Kevin Austin, WR Jacksonville Jaguars: OVER 19.5 receiving yards
I was surprised when Kevin Austin went undrafted during the 2022 NFL Draft. While Austin didn’t have the statistical profile that would garner much attention, standing at 6’2 215 and with 4.43 speed, he has the type of athletic profile that scouts covet.
Kevin Austin averaged 18.5 yards per catch during his career at Notre Dame. I can see Austin converting a play or two to get him over 19.5 receiving yards.
Austin Walter, RB Las Vegas Raiders: OVER 28.5 rushing yards:
We know the history with Josh McDaniels and a running back by committee approach. I expect both Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake to remain on ice for this one.
I can hear readers now– “What about Zamir White?” If you read the tea leaves surrounding the team, it certainly sounds like the Raiders hold him in high regard and have a specific plan for him. Ergo, I wouldn’t expect to see much of the rookie back.
That leads us to Austin Walker, who said get a good amount of run where both teams are essentially trying to get out of injury free. I would take the OVER on 28.5 rushing yards.
Nick Mullens, QB Las Vegas Raiders: OVER 63.5 passing yards
I expect the Raiders to have a quicker hook on Jarrett Stidham than the Jaguars on Jake Luton.
Look for Nick Mullens to get a good half of playing time in this one. He should cruise past 63.5 passing yards.