Skip to main content

It’s time for another primetime game on the 2022-23 NFL schedule, which means it’s time for another three-pack of first touchdown scorer bets from yours truly. We’ve got another fun one tonight as the San Francisco 49ers are set to face off against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football.

So, let’s try for a juicy payout on SNF and target three first touchdown scorer bets for 49ers-Chargers.

Deebo Samuel +650

After missing San Francisco’s last game against the Los Angeles Rams, Deebo Samuel is back in the lineup this week and ready to tear up the Chargers defense. LA is giving up 25.8 points per game this season, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

It’s going to be fascinating to see what Kyle Shanahan has in store for Samuel and Christian McCaffrey on the field together, and I think we see a heavy dose of both in the run and pass game on Sunday Night Football. Considering McCaffrey is only +350 to score the first touchdown, I’d rather bet Samuel at +650 (FanDuel) for a bigger payout.

Gerald Everett +2200

Gerald Everett warms up before a game.
Los Angeles tight end Gerald Everett warms up prior to a game against the Atlanta Falcons | Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

This price doesn’t make any sense to me. The Chargers will be without both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams on Sunday night. The only other player on the roster with more targets than Gerald Everett this season is Austin Ekeler. Everett should be Justin Herbert’s No. 1 target against the 49ers, yet he’s 21/1 to score the first touchdown and priced behind Josh Palmer and DeAndre Carter?

I think this number is way too high, so I’ll take the value on Everett at +2200.

Justin Herbert +3600


Packers vs. Cowboys First Touchdown Scorer Picks: 3 Juicy Bets for America’s Game of the Week

Herbert isn’t exactly a dual-threat quarterback, but he’s taken off to run at least once in every game this season. He hasn’t found the end zone as a runner yet this year, but he scored five rushing touchdowns in his rookie year and three more last season.

A QB sneak with Herbert should be in play if the Chargers move the ball down to the goal line, and he has the agility to scramble for a score if the pocket collapses in the red zone. I think this 36/1 price is a bit high, so I’ll take a stab on LA’s QB.

How to get help: In the U.S., contact the National Council on Problem Gambling helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
Have thoughts on this topic? Keep the conversation rolling in our comments section below.