NFL Week 15 kicks off with an AFC showdown between the 5-8 New York Jets and the 11-2 Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore is fighting for the top seed in the AFC, while the Jets are playing for pride or a draft pick at this point. Baltimore is a 15.5-point home favorite in this one, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you're looking for an alternative way to wager on this matchup, here are four of the best prop bets to consider for Thursday night's game.
1. Lamar Jackson - Passing Yards: Over 191.5 (-142)
Lamar Jackson may not have cleared 170 passing yards in his last three games, but he has had some pretty tough matchups during that stretch. He's faced the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, all three of which are in the top 10 in passing yards allowed per game. This week, Jackson goes up against a Jets' defense that fares much worse against the pass, surrendering 242.0 passing yards per game, good for No. 18 in the NFL.
2. First Touchdown Scorer: Mark Ingram (+480)
Mark Ingram has nine rushing touchdowns this season, which is tied for the fifth-best mark in the NFL. While the Jets do rank No. 2 in rushing yards allowed per game, they also give up an average of almost one rushing touchdown per game (0.8). This could be aided by their weaker pass defense, which ranks No. 18, allowing teams to get close to the goal line and punch it in with ease. If Jackson can take advantage of this, he could put Ingram in excellent position to score early on.
3. Any Time Touchdown Scorer: Ravens D/ST (+340)
The Ravens defense and special teams has a total of five touchdowns this season. The last time they played an offense as poor as the Jets, who rank No. 29 in points per game (PPG), was the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 31 in PPG), the Ravens D/ST scored two touchdowns. If the Jets struggle to move the ball in this one, the Ravens D/ST could come away with a score here.
4. Lamar Jackson - Passing TDs: Over 1.5 (-174)
The Jets have surrendered 19 passing touchdowns on the year, which ranks No. 14 in the NFL. Jackson has thrown a total of 16 touchdowns in his last five games, tossing three or more in four of those matchups. If Jackson keeps up his current play against this Jets' defense, we could see him go over this total.
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