Does Sam Darnold have Dak Prescott's number? Probably not. But Sunday will mark the first time these two QBs have met since 2019. Darnold stunned the Cowboys in Dallas, 24-22, with one of the best games of his young career. The USC product will be aiming to preserve his unblemished record at Jerry World in Week 4.
And now that he's no longer a New York Jet, he'll even have some help this time. Darnold and the scrappy Carolina Panthers are currently 4.5-point road underdogs against America's Team, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you're looking to make the Prescott-Darnold rematch a little more interesting, here are three of the best player props to target on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Panthers vs Cowboys Prop Bets
3. CeeDee Lamb - Receiving Yards: Over 70.5 (-114)
The Cowboys are going to have to throw early and often on Sunday (more on that later). That should mean big things for CeeDee Lamb. The 22-year-old has broken out this season, averaging 9.0 targets for 6.0 receptions and 83.7 yards per outing. But that isn't actually new. Lamb played five games with Dak in 2020, averaging 86.6 yards per game while recording 71-plus yards in three of those five. Having now played a total of eight career games with his franchise QB, Lamb has eclipsed 71 yards five times. He's also recorded 65-plus yards seven times and has never finished below 59 yards. With Dallas likely to take a pass-heavy approach, Lamb should cash this prop against a secondary that just lost a key starter in CB Jaycee Horn.
2. D.J. Moore - Receiving Yards: Over 77.5 (-102)
Darnold spent the first three years of his career in the Meadowlands. Suffice it to say, Randy Moss never walked through that door. D.J. Moore isn't Moss, obviously, but he's the first true No. 1 wide receiver Darnold has ever played with. Their connection has been a joy to watch. Darnold has funneled a whopping 31 targets Moore's way so far, giving the 24-year-old the seventh-highest target share in the league (30.7%). Moore has responded by averaging 7.3 receptions for 95.0 yards per game. He has also recorded at least 79 yards in every game this season. Moore could be asked to do even more than usual now that Christian McCaffrey is sidelined. That should help makeup for a tough matchup against NFC Defensive Player of the Month Trevon Diggs.
1. Ezekiel Elliott - Rushing Yards: Under 60.5 (-102)
Three weeks of football have taught us one thing: don't run on the Panthers. In terms of yardage, the 1942 Chicago Bears are the greatest run defense in NFL history. That unit surrendered 47.18 rushing yards per game. Through three weeks, Carolina is giving up 45.0. It hasn't all come against bad competition, either. The Panthers limited Alvin Kamara to 5 rushing yards on 8 carries; that's as impressive as it gets. Kellen Moore is too smart to let Ezekiel Elliott repeatedly run into a brick wall, so expect Dallas to adjust its game plan and lean on Prescott. In fact, we already saw this play out back in Week 1. Against the similarly dominant Tampa Bay Buccaneers' run defense, Elliott only carried the rock 11 times (33 yards). Meanwhile, Prescott attempted 58 passes (403 yards & 3 TDs). Relying on the aerial attack is Dallas' best bet in Week 4.
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