Thursday Night Football touchdown scorer predictions and prop bets for Patriots vs Falcons

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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.

Week 11 of the NFL season gets started with Thursday Night Football between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. Both teams have been in decent-to-good form on the heels of slow starts, with New England on a 4-game winning streak and Atlanta having posted a 3-2 record in its last 5 contests. However, the Falcons are coming off a disastrous 43-3 loss at Dallas in Week 10.

Here we will discuss the touchdown scorer market for Thursday’s rematch of Super Bowl LI. Who will find the endzone, specifically first but also at any point? Let’s take a look at some of our best TD scorer bets.

First touchdown scorer: Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Falcons (+1400)

I’m generally not big on favorites in this market, because the first touchdown scorer is generally a crapshoot (there are some exceptions like Derrick Henry, when he was healthy). You can almost always find better value with longer odds, and I feel like that is the case this time around with neither team a slam dunk to score first (this isn’t something like Packers vs Texans) and neither team possessing a superstar like Henry.

Let’s take a deep dive down the list of touchdown scorer favorites and go with Zaccheaus. The Falcons are still without Calvin Ridley, while Cordarrelle Patterson is expected to miss a second consecutive contest. Zaccheaus has scored 3 touchdowns this season, including 2 in Week 9 during an upset of New Orleans. He was targeted a team-high 7 times last weekend against the Cowboys (tied with Kyle Pitts). Atlanta cannot run the ball at all and New England has surrendered only 5 TDs on the ground in 2021 (tied for second fewest in the NFL). The Falcons will have to take to the air, and Zaccheaus could be the primary beneficiary.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons

Anytime touchdown scorer: Hunter Henry, TE, Patriots (+175)

How are we still able to get Henry (Hunter, not Derrick) at plus money to score a touchdown? He has done so on 7 occasions already this year, and all 7 have come in the last 7 games, including 2 at Cleveland’s expense in last week’s 45-7 domination. The Falcons have surrendered 19 touchdowns through the air in 2021 (fourth-most in the league) and they are only in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to tight ends. It’s going to take something special to keep Henry out of the end zone, and Atlanta’s defense is hardly special.

Don’t forget to read PropBetGuy’s best player prop bet for Patriots vs Falcons!

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 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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