NFL Christmas touchdown scorer predictions and prop bets: Colts vs Cardinals

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Andrew Ortenberg

NFL· 1 month ago

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I'm an editor here at Pickswise who was raised in a household full of sports fanatics. Since I unfortunately never had LeBron James' jumping ability I wasn't able to make it to the NBA, and chose writing about sports as the next best thing. An avid sports bettor myself, I'm excited to get to write about the industry as it gets set to take off across the country. Buckle up.

First of all, Merry Christmas from myself and the rest of the Pickswise family. Fortunately this year we’ll be treated to some NFL football on the holiday. That includes Saturday night Christmas football in the desert, as the Cardinals host the Colts. The Browns will also be taking on the Packers in Green Bay in the afternoon, and we of course have free picks on the side and total for those games.

But right now we’re talking touchdown props. Both of these teams look like they’re headed to the playoffs, so it should be a good one. With a total of 49, there could be a lot of action. Let’s dive into my favorite couple of touchdown scorer props:

First touchdown scorer: Jonathan Taylor (+400)

The Colts have been trending positively for a while now, and much of that recent success is due to Taylor. Arizona has been susceptible to the run since JJ Watt went down, and last week the Cardinals gave up 112 yards on the ground to the Lions’ Craig Reynolds. As such, I think Frank Reich is going to come out with a run-heavy script on the opening couple of drives. Taylor has scored a touchdown in 11 straight games, and has found the endzone multiple times in plenty of those. A few games ago against Buffalo he had an absurd 5 touchdowns.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Indianapolis Colts vs Arizona Cardinals

Anytime touchdown scorer: Kyler Murray (+170)

My favorite play is this one, and getting Murray at this much plus money is a steal. He had two rushing touchdowns in his first game back from an injury a few weeks ago, so I think the ankle is fine. For a bet to be profitable, it only has to cash 37 percent of the time. In a game with a high total, acting like Murray only has a 37 percent chance to score is a bit absurd in my opinion. Last year he had a rushing touchdown in 9 of 16 games, and that was despite not running much in the second half of the year after suffering a different injury. When you throw in the fact that DeAndre Hopkins is out and that the Cardinals’ passing game as a whole has struggled lately, I think it’s even more likely that Murray uses his legs a lot on Saturday.

Anytime Touchdown Scorer FAQs

What does “anytime touchdown scorer” mean?

Anytime touchdown scorer is a popular player prop bet that NFL bettors can wager on throughout the season. But what is it, and how do you win?

As the name suggests, placing a wager on the anytime touchdown scorer market is when you tip a particular player to score a touchdown during a game. This can be a rushing or receiving touchdown for an offensive player, or you can wager on a team’s defense/special teams to score a touchdown by interception return and fumble return or kickoff and punt returns.

If your player or defense scores a touchdown, you win! The odds will differ from player-to-player depending on the sportsbooks’ calculated probability of that player scoring.

Does anytime touchdown scorer include passing touchdowns?

Not for a quarterback, no. A player must get into the endzone, himself, in order to qualify as an anytime touchdown scorer. If a quarterback throws a touchdown pass, only the player who caught it counts as the scorer. If Tom Brady throws a touchdown pass to Mike Evans, wagers placed on Evans as an anytime touchdown scorer will cash. However, those placed on Brady as an anytime touchdown scorer will not (unless he also runs for a TD). See below for more on what the anytime touchdown scorer market means for quarterbacks.

What does anytime touchdown scorer mean for a QB?

For a wager on a QB to be an anytime touchdown scorer to cash, he must follow the same rules as a running back, tight end, or receiver. He must get into the endzone himself, either as a runner or a pass-catcher.

In the age of the mobile quarterback, QBs such as Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, and Josh Allen are often seen rushing in for a touchdown on any given Sunday. And don’t forget the occasional Philly Special, either. QBs can sometimes catch passes for TDs, too.

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