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The Giants and Cardinals are both looking to bounce back from week 1 losses when they square off Sunday (9/17/23) in week 2 of the NFL season. This game may lack some of the star power of other matchups, but players like Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, James Conner and Marquise Brown can still make exciting plays and offer good options for player prop bets.
Let’s take a look at some of the betting odds on player prop bets in this game and pick the best Giants vs. Cardinals player prop bets for this week 2 matchup.
Saquon Barkley over 68.5 rushing yards (-115 at BetMGM)
What do you do in the next game after you commit 3 turnovers – including 2 for touchdowns – and lose 40-0 to your division rivals? You give the ball to your best player to help you right the ship.
As we detailed in our matchup preview of this game, that is exactly what we expect the Giants to do, leaning heavily on Saquon Barkley to simplify the offense and take pressure off of Daniel Jones. They shouldn’t face much resistance from the Cardinals’ defense that ranked 22nd in EPA per rush allowed last season and lost its best run-stopping defensive lineman Zach Allen this offseason.
Barkley was one of the few things that didn’t go wrong against Dallas. While he wasn’t spectacular, he averaged a solid 4.25 yards per carry against a very strong Cowboys defense, picking up right where he left off last season (4.45 ypc).
Our only hesitation with this pick is the status of the Giants’ All-Pro left tackle Andrew Thomas, who is questionable for this game and whose absence certainly would adversely affect their rushing attack. But whether it’s on pure volume or by virtue an easier matchup, we expect Barkley to have a big game here regardless of whether Thomas plays.
Barkley cleared 70 rushing yards in 10 of his 16 games last season including 8 of the first 9 games. Game script was the biggest reason he didn’t reach that mark against Dallas, and we expect the game script to be much more favorable this week.
Along with this prop, we also like the over on Barkley’s longest rush at 15.5 yards, a mark he cleared in week 1 against Dallas and in 7 consecutive games going back to last season.
James Conner over 2.5 receptions (-125 at Caesars)
The over on James Conner’s receptions is another player prop bet that has a very high likelihood in a game script where the Cardinals are trailing, and it has a good chance of hitting in neutral game scripts as well.
Because of his excellent pass blocking and receiving abilities, Conner stays on the field a ton for the Cardinals. Last year he played 55% of the team’s total snaps despite missing 4 games. He played at least 60% of the snaps in 10 of his 13 games and had 5 games over 90%. Last week against Washington he played 84% of the team’s snaps, more than any other running back besides Christian McCaffrey.
Being on the field so much means Conner has tons of opportunities to get involved not only as a runner but also as a receiver. He had at least 3 targets in 11 of his 13 games last year and he had 5 in week 1 this season. That led to Conner catching at least 3 passes in 10 of his 13 games last season.
Between his track record in the receiving game, the expected game script and the fact that inexperienced quarterbacks like Josh Dobbs often rely on check downs to their running backs as a safety valve, there are plenty of reasons to feel confident in the over on 2.5 receptions for Conner in this game.