NFL Player Props for the Bengals vs. Bears in Week 2 (2021)

| September 17, 2021 2:37 pm PDT

It’s been a good week in Cincinnati. The Bengals executed down the stretch and got it done against the Vikings. Not so much in the Windy City, as the Bears got trounced on Sunday Night Football.

Nevertheless, here we are peering at a week 2 matchup in which Chicago is favored by three.

I share my thoughts on how to attack that line in my Bengals vs. Bears week two betting pick, but for this post, let’s zero in on some of the more fascinating betting markets.

I’m talking about the best Bengals vs. Bears player props. Let’s see which player props stand out in this game going into week two.

Allen Robinson Over 5.5 Receptions (-155)

Allen Robinson has caught at least six balls in 67.6% of Bears games since the start of 2019 (23/34).

Despite transitioning from one subpar QB to another, it’s evident that A-Rob is going to be leaned on heavily in Chicago.

Here were his week one numbers

  • 11 targets
  • 6 receptions
  • 35 receiving yards

He was covered by Jalen Ramsey at times and had Andy Dalton throwing him passes, but hey, that role is nothing to sneeze at.

No other Bears pass-catcher was thrown at more than seven times.

Boding well for Robinson on Sunday is the fact that Bengals top corner Trae Waynes has already been ruled out as he recovers from a hamstring injury. This means more looks for Allen on short and intermediate routes.

Joe Burrow Over 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (-140)

Any qualms about Joe Burrow’s surgically repaired knee can be put to bed. The 2020 #1 overall pick carved up the Vikings secondary in week 1 posting an impressive 128.8 passer rating.

Joe got hit a few more times than Cincy’s coaching staff would have liked, but he spread the ball around nicely and threw touchdowns to both of his stud receivers.

Only one quarterback in the NFL has thrown for at least 200 yards and zero interceptions in four straight games. His name is Joe Burrow.

One thing we know about the Bears defense is that they’ll be stout against the run. Chicago held the Rams to just 74 rushing yards on 23 carries (3.2 yards/carry). On the flip side, the Bears passing defense looked suspect at best.

Expecting a pass-heavy game plan from Zac Taylor on Sunday, I’m all over Burrow throwing at least two TDs. To put this favorable price tag in perspective, here’s the price you’re paying on some other QBs tossing at least two TDs in week 2.

  • Ben Roethlisberger (-190)
  • Teddy Bridgewater (-165)
  • Jimmy Garoppolo (-145)

Count this one is as one of the best NFL player props in week 2.

Darnell Mooney Over 42.5 Receiving Yards (-110)

A quick peek at the Bears vs. Rams week 1 box score will show that Darnell Mooney only registered 26 receiving yards.

A deeper dive reveals the following.

  • Mooney caught 5 balls
  • Mooney was targeted 7 times
  • Mooney played 100% of the offensive snaps

Darnell is the clear-cut number two option behind Allen Robinson, plus he bounces in and out of the slot affording him more opportunities to catch the ball and go. Mooney ripped off a 4.38 40 at the 2020 Combine and can do a lot of damage with the ball in his hands.

Needing to manufacture ways to keep up with a high-octane Bengals offense, expect Chicago to feature Mooney prominently Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

David Montgomery Under 14.5 Carries (-115)

Getting sick of backing “overs” for Bengals vs. Bears player prop bets? Here’s an “under” to capitalize on.

While David Montgomery had a productive year in 2020, a big part of that was because Chicago kept him fresh early on. Case in point, Montgomery only carried the rock more than 15 times once during the Bears first five games. And that was a 16-carry game in week 2 against the Giants.

Yes, Tarik Cohen is on the PUP list and won’t be in uniform. But Damien Williams played 41% of the RB snaps in week 1 and will continue to have a role in this offense.

As much as the Bears would love to slow the game down by running the football at will, don’t count on that happening. Cincy looked terrific against the run in week 1 holding Dalvin Cook 3.1 yards per carry.

My Top Bengals vs. Browns Prop Bet For Week 2

The four Bengals vs. Bears props above are all bets I like. However, if I could only target one player prop from this game, here’s the one I’d lock in.

  • Joe Mixon Over 16.5 Rushing Attempts (-135)

Bengals OC Brian Callahan was bullish on Joe Mixon’s contributions back in May.

“I don’t want Joe to leave the field, personally, and I think he’s up to that challenge.”

Perhaps it’s time to start taking Callahan seriously. Mixon rushed 29 times versus the Vikings and played 78% of the snaps – a huge number for a running back in today’s landscape.

Going back to Mixon’s usage in 2020, maybe we should have seen this coming.

Joe Mixon – # of Carries By Game in 2020
Opponent Carries
Chargers 19
Browns 16
Eagles 17
Jaguars 25
Ravens 24
Colts 18

All things considered, there’s simply nothing to suggest that Mixon receives fewer than 16 carries on Sunday.

Check out some other ways to bet on the NFL in week two.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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