New Orleans Saints running back, Jamaal Williams, led the NFL in rushing touchdowns last season with the Detroit Lions, but he got off to a slow start in his Saints debut in Week 1.
Could that change in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football?
BetSided NFL analyst Iain MacMillan believes it can, and he broke down a prop bet play for Williams in Monday night’s game.
The Saints are hoping to get a lot of production from Williams against Carolina, especially since Alvin Kamara is still suspended. Plus, rookie running back Kendre Miller is a true game-time decision in Week 2.
Miller missed Week 1, and Williams dominated backfield touches as a result. The veteran had 18 carries and two receptions in the Saints’ win over the Tennessee Titans. The only other running back to record a touch in Week 1 was Tony Jones, who had one carry for five yards.
So, should bettors and Saints fans consider a wager on Williams on Monday? MacMillan sure thinks so.
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Prop bet prediction for Saints running back Jamaal Williams vs. Panthers
Jamaal Williams OVER 56.5 rushing yards
Williams’ rushing prop is set at 56.5 yards, meaning he’ll need 12 more than he had in Week 1 to hit the OVER.
MacMillan doesn’t seem to think that will be an issue.
“Jamaal Williams ran for 45 yards in Week 1 against the Titans, but it's not his yardage that makes me want to take the OVER on his rushing yards in Week 2,” MacMillan wrote. “It's more so the fact he got 18 carries in the game. No other running back had more than one.
“That means that as long as Alvin Kamara is suspended, Williams is the guy in this backfield. Now, he gets to face a Panthers defense that allowed 5.0 yards per carry last week against the [Atlanta] Falcons.”
Even if Miller makes his debut tonight, it’s unlikely that he’ll handle a massive workload since he is a game-time decision.
That means Williams should have a stronghold on the work out of the backfield in a game where the Saints are favored by three points. If New Orleans can get out to an early lead, Williams could be in line for a big role to run clock and move the Saints to 2-0.
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