Thursday Night Football Touchdown Scorer Predictions and Prop Bets for Buccaneers vs Eagles

Jalen Reagor of the Philadelphia Eagles
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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

The Week 6 installment of Thursday Night Football pits the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Philadelphia Eagles. It has already lost some star power with tight end Rob Gronkowski getting ruled out, but there are still plenty of exciting players to watch—you know, like Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Jalen Hurts, and DeVonta Smith, just to name a handful.

For now the question is which one of those stars—and others—will find the endzone on Thursday night. Here are some of best touchdown scorer bets.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Philadelphia Eagles

First touchdown scorer: Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles (+1800)

As the long odds on just about any player in any game suggest, the first touchdown scorer is generally a crapshoot. An element of luck is involved whenever a bet is cashed. That’s not to say that you can’t make picks that are smart on paper; it just means that skill isn’t the entire equation. That’s why I think going big—really big—is the way to go. Favorites like Leonard Fournette and Mike Evans (both +800) don’t entice me much in this market.

But +1800 odds? Now we’re talking. That is where you can get Reagor, who has been targeted 25 times through five weeks. He doesn’t have a ton to show for his efforts (although he did score in Week 1), but this is where his chances could pay off with results. The Bucs have surrendered 13 passing touchdowns, third-most in the league. They also boast the best run defense by a country mile, so Philadelphia will have to take to the air early and often.

Check out our same game parlay for Buccaneers vs Eagles (+782 odds!)

Anytime touchdown scorer: Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers (+140)

I have been known to hammer Godwin as an anytime touchdown scorer in the past. It worked out extremely well last year and so far in 2021 he has 2 TDs through five weeks. Although the former Penn State standout has gone three straight games without achieving paydirt, he has 16 receptions on 23 targets during this stretch. Philadelphia cornerback Darius Slay will probably be matching up with Evans or Brown most of the night, so Godwin may be able to exploit the rest of the Eagles’ secondary.

For Philly, in addition to Reagor (who is +250 on the anytime touchdown scorer market), tight end Zach Ertz at +225 could be a solid value play to find the endzone at some point on Thursday. Tampa Bay is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends so far this season. Ertz has 11 receptions on 21 targets over the past three weeks, including one touchdown.

Don’t forget to read PropBetGuy’s best player prop for Bucs vs Eagles!

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 Matt Ryan throws a touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley, wagers placed on Ridley as an anytime touchdown scorer will cash. However, those placed on Ryan 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 Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, 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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