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Seahawks at Ravens: Intriguing Week 9 prop bets

Which Seattle player(s) will catch a touchdown pass on Sunday? There’s a prop bet for that!

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The Seattle Seahawks moved into first place in the NFC West last Sunday, courtesy of a game-winning touchdown by rookie wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba (JSN) with less than a minute to play.

Seattle’s divisional ascent also required the team in Santa Clara (aka the 49ers) to lose their third straight game, but our focus today (and most days) is squarely on the Seahawks.

More specifically, our focus today is on JSN, his fellow wideouts, and the various prop bets that DraftKings Sportsbook is offering on Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Let’s start with . . .

Anytime Touchdowns

There are prop bets for which player (on either team) will score the game’s first touchdown (or the last touchdown), but if you want a “safer” bet, putting money on your favorite player scoring an anytime touchdown might be the way to go.

As the name implies, all you need to collect on an anytime touchdown bet is for the player you’re betting on to score a touchdown at any time during the game.

Here are the current odds for each of Seattle’s wideouts to score a touchdown at any time during Sunday’s game:

  • DK Metcalf: +200
  • Tyler Lockett: +240
  • JSN: +350
  • Jake Bobo: +600
  • Dee Eskridge: +2800

Not for nothing, but “No Touchdown Scorer” has better odds (+2200) than Dee Eskridge does - which makes a certain amount of sense since Eskridge has appeared in 21 games since being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft and has 1 career touchdown.

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are tempting:

  • Lockett has three touchdowns this season, including one last weekend.
  • Metcalf has two TDs but is probably “due” since his last one was on Monday Night Football back in Week 4 (aka, just over a month ago).

Personally, I think that JSN and/or Jake Bobo might be better bets, primarily because both have found the end zone each of the last two weeks.

That said, Baltimore’s defense is allowing a league-low 15.1 points per game.

More to the point (pun intended). . .

  • The Ravens have only allowed 6 passing touchdowns through their first 8 games;
  • Only 4 of the 6 TDs were scored by wide receivers; and
  • Half of the teams the Ravens have played didn’t score a touchdown via a pass

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Anytime Touchdown + Outcome

If the defensive prowess of the Ravens hasn’t scared you off AND you think the Seahawks are going to win the game, you could earn a much bigger payday.

Here are the current odds for each of Seattle’s wideouts to score a touchdown at any time as part of a Seahawks win:

  • DK Metcalf: +600
  • Tyler Lockett: +650
  • JSN: +950
  • Jake Bobo: +1400
  • Dee Eskridge: +5000

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Geno Smith Passing Touchdowns

If you think the Seahawks will score through the air but either aren’t sure it will be a wide receiver doing the scoring or don’t want to guess which wideout it will be, you could instead place a bet on how many passing touchdowns Geno Smith will have . . .

  • Over 1.5 touchdowns: +140
  • Under 1.5 TDS: minus-180

The Over is certainly possible, but the Under seems more likely (hence the odds).

From the Baltimore perspective . . .

A hobbled Joe Burrow threw 2 TD passes against the Ravens in Week 2, and Joshua Doubs (yes, Joshua Doubs) had a pair of touchdown throws last Sunday.

No one else has thrown more than one.

From the Seattle perspective . . .

Geno has been on the Over side of 1.5 passing touchdowns three times this season and Under 1.5 four times.

Not that the past dictates the future.

If it did, the Over might look a bit more tempting since Geno threw multiple TDs in 12 of Seattle’s 17 games last year, plus the wildcard game, which means he’s thrown multiple touchdown passes in 16 of Seattle’s 25 games over the last two seasons.

Of course, none of them were against the Ravens.

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Receiving Yards

Regardless of how you feel about Seattle’s ability to score touchdowns on Sunday, specifically through the air, another prop bet that might be worth considering is how many yards each of Seattle’s receivers will end the day with.

Here are the options, along with the odds for both the Over and the Under:

  • DK Metcalf: 60.5 yards (minus-115 on either the Over or the Under)
  • Tyler Lockett: 49.5 yards (minus-115 on either side of the line)
  • JSN: 31.5 yards (minus-110 Over; minus-120 Under)

Since DraftKings isn’t offering receiving yards prop bets for Jake Bobo or Dee Eskridge (at least not that I could find), here are the other Seahawks you could earn some receiving yards money on:

  • Kenneth Walker III (K9): 9.5 yards (minus-120 Over; minus-110 Under)
  • Noah Fant: 19.5 yards (minus-125 Over; minus-105 Under)

To perhaps “help” with the receiving yards prop bets, here are the season averages for each of those five players, as well as their average over the last three games:

  • DK Metcalf: 67.33 yards per game for the season; 56.67 over the last three games
  • Tyler Lockett: 52.86 (season) and 71.00 (last 3 games)
  • JSN: 29.86 and 49.00
  • K9: 15.71 and 12.33
  • Noah Fant: 32.29 and 22.00

Some of those receiving yards prop bets look pretty tempting, don’t they?

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Last, but not least . . .

Seahawks Total Points Bands

This one is pretty self-explanatory: Pick a band and place your bet; if Seattle’s point total at the end of the game lands within the range of your band, YOU WIN.

  • 0-10 points: +370
  • 11-20 points: +130
  • 21-30 points: +205
  • 31-40 points: +800
  • 41-50 points: +4000
  • 51+ points: +9000

Me, I’m going with the 51+ band.

Okay, not really.

I do think that Seattle’s offense is capable of hanging 50+ points on someone this season, but I don’t think it will be the Ravens - in part, because the Ravens have been in Baltimore since 1996 and have yet to allow an opponent to crack the 50-point mark.

Note: The Denver Broncos came the closest when they scored 49 way back in Week 1 of the 2013 season, which happens to be the year they set the NFL record for most points in a season (606) - and the year they got WRECKED in the Super Bowl.

Personally, I’m predicting a Seahawks victory on Sunday with a final score of 24-21, which means I’ll win $205 if I bet $100.

Go Hawks!