Though they should probably be 2-0, the New England Patriots head into their Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints in a great place.
After all, they just dominated the division-rival New York Jets and humiliated rookie quarterback Zach Wilson in the process.
Not only that, but New Orleans is fresh off getting thrashed by the Carolina Panthers, so that should give fans a solid idea of where the Jameis Winston-led Saints stand at this stage of the season.
The Patriots have opened as three-point home favorites, so oddsmakers clearly think Bill Belichick’s side should handle their business on Sunday.
Seeing that we already know the spread and over/under for the game, let’s delve into some intriguing prop bets for any fans who are looking to win some extra money betting the Patriots.
All odds listed come courtesy of WynnBET.
3 best prop bets for Patriots vs Saints
3. Jonnu Smith anytime TD scorer (+300)
Bet you weren’t expecting that!
Yes, Jonnu Smith hasn’t been as involved as we would have liked early on, but it’s clear the Patriots value his athleticism. Through two games, Smith has just nine catches for 70 yards on 10 targets. Again, not the numbers we were hoping for from the newly-minted $50 million tight end.
However, something tells us Smith’s luck changes against the Saints. While he might not stuff the stat sheet as far as receptions and yards are concerned, we love his chances to find the end zone, whether it be on a run or through the air.
The +300 odds (bet $100 to win $300) are simply too good to pass up, as Smith is arguably the Patriots’ best red zone threat. New England’s red zone offense has been dreadful thus far, ranking dead-last in the NFL in scoring percentage (TD only) through two weeks at 28.57%.
The best way to change that? Target your bid-bodied tight end who’s a matchup waiting to happen if he can get isolated in man coverage.
This definitely doesn’t fall under the “safe bet” category, but Patriots fans are already rooting for New England to put up points. What’s the harm in throwing some cash on Smith to find the end zone to help the cause?