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The season has long been over for the Panthers, but the Jaguars are clinging to a division lead with Trevor Lawrence out. Here’s a look at some of the best player prop bets for the New Year’s Eve battle in Jacksonville.
D.J. Chark Over 25.5 Receiving Yards (-110, BetMGM)
Revenge game narrative aside, it looks like D.J. Chark is starting to establish a little bit of a rhythm with Bryce Young in the post-Frank Reich era. Chark set a season-high with 98 yards and two touchdowns last week, receiving eight targets, and he’s averaging 46.5 receiving yards over his last five games.
The Panthers might not have the same success in the passing game as they did last week, but the Jaguars’ pass defense has been a real issue of late. Jacksonville has let up 260+ passing yards in four of its last five games, and Young showed last week that he can at least sustain some drives against a weak secondary. Carolina should have enough opportunities for Chark to clear a low mark of 27.5 yards.
Evan Engram Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+225, BetMGM)
Evan Engram continues to be the biggest beneficiary of Christian Kirk’s absence and Zay Jones’ injury uncertainty. He’s recorded 10+ catches in two of his last three games, racking up exactly 95 yards in both. Engram has three touchdowns over his last four games, and while he’s not the biggest red zone threat as it relates to tight ends, a weaker opponent plus a quarterback who has full faith in him could make a touchdown pretty easily attainable.
Engram appeared to be C.J. Beathard’s most trusted target in both of the veteran’s appearances in relief of Lawrence, particularly late in the Jaguars’ loss to the Bengals. As long as Beathard is under center, Engram figures to be his go-to red zone target.
Chuba Hubbard Under 65.5 Rushing Yards (-114 FanDuel)
Chuba Hubbard has taken over as the Panthers’ clear No. 1 running back with a struggling Miles Sanders also playing through a toe injury, but with his offensive line, efficiency has been spotty. Hubbard has gotten past 65 rushing yards four times this year, totaling 19, 22, 23, and 25 carries in those games, respectively. When the script calls for more passing, as it did last week against a weak Packers defense, 60+ rushing yards is a tough mark to hit.
Hubbard rushed for 43 yards on 16 attempts last week, and he still hasn’t been extremely efficient even in his most productive games. If the Panthers are facing some kind of deficit in Jacksonville and Hubbard can’t rack up 20+ carries, it’s hard to imagine he has a clear path to a big day on the ground.
C.J. Beathard Over 217.5 Passing Yards (-110, FanDuel)
Put simply, the running game is not working for the Jaguars right now. Travis Etienne has been badly inefficient for much of the year, and he’s shown no signs of a breakthrough. Etienne has posted 4.0 yards per carry or higher in just one of his last 10 games, and he’s seen his usage dip in recent weeks with a season-low six attempts last week. That trend is largely related to the Jaguars falling behind early in games, but it’s clear the staff is starting to realize they’ll have to pass the ball to keep up with teams – even if that means letting Beathard sling it.
With Trevor Lawrence throwing for 240+ yards in 9 of 15 games this season (and likely 10 if not for injury vs. Tampa), Beathard should be able to step in and find some success in the system he’s gotten to know well over these last two seasons. The Jaguars might not have a choice but to ride his arm.