To close week 13 of the NFL regular season, the Cincinnati Bengals travel to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in an important game for the team from Florida. Just a few weeks ago, this game was being circled as a potential playoff seeding and preview matchup. With the injury to their starting quarterback though, the Bengals have all-but thrown in the towel this season. Meanwhile, the surging Jaguars are looking to prove they belong in the conversation as one of the AFC’s best teams. With many elite players in key positions, the Bengals can still be a good measuring stick for the Jaguars. Each week, Canal Street Chronicles will preview some of the best props and wagers for every Monday primetime game. Thank you to our friends over at DraftKings Sportsbook for the wagering lines for the CSC Monday Night Football week 13 preview and props.
CSC MNF Week 13 props and best bets
Jaguars game line -7.5(-140)
The Jaguars are not accustomed to being big favorites in games but they find themselves with expectations against a crestfallen Bengals team. On the year, the Jags are one of the best teams against the spread into the entire NFL. They have covered the spread in eight of their 11 games so far this season, tied for the league’s best. With the Bengals still trying to overcome the loss of Joe Burrow, the Jaguars will need to prove they are deserving of being favored in prime time. It is new territory for the Jaguars to be playing in big spots with the bright lights shining, but they win and cover this week.
Evan Engram over 4.5 receptions(-105)
The tight end position gets one of the best matchups when facing the Bengals. On the year, the Bengals are the second-worst team against tight ends, allowing over six receptions per game. Not only that, but these receptions lead to 71 yards per game for opposing tight ends. With Evan Engram being the second-most targeted pass-catcher on the Jags, he will be open early and often in a great matchup. Either prop bet, receptions or yards, will be worthy of attention as standalones or in parlays.
Joe Mixon under 47.5 rushing yards(-115)
The Jaguars rush defense might quietly be one of the best units in the entire NFL. They are top-10 in yards per carry and top-5 in both yards per game and total yards. Not only that, but 83% of rushes against the Jaguars go for under five total yards. Nearly half of rushes against the Jaguars defense goes for less than three total yards. That is bad news for Joe Mixon on Monday night. Mixon is a grinder and will see plenty of carries, but it will be difficult for him to find much running room against this great defense. Joe Mixon stays under 48 rushing yards against the Jaguars.
Long shot of the night
Trevor Lawrence anytime TD scorer(+285)
One thing that Trevor Lawrence does sneakily well is rush the ball when needed. Luckily for him and the Jaguars is that the Bengals allow the second-most yards to opposing quarterbacks who rush the ball. If the Jaguars are in a short-yardage situation in the red zone, Lawrence’s number will be called. He has already scored three touchdowns on the ground this season, adding to the matchup positives. With almost three-to-one odds, Trevor Lawrence cashes this prop.