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It’s already been a wild Week 2 in the National Football League, and we still have two games left to play before we turn the page to Week 3. The Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans will get the Monday Night Football doubleheader started tonight, and you know I’ve got some first touchdown scorer bets to sprinkle for the matchup.

Here are the three players I’m targeting to score the first TD on Monday Night Football.

Dawson Knox +900

Dawson Knox looks on before a game against the Rams.
Dawson Knox of the Buffalo Bills warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Rams | Harry How/Getty Images

Dawson Knox broke out last season with 11 touchdowns in 17 starts including the playoffs. The Bills made it a point to target him early and often in games, as Knox cashed the first touchdown scorer bet three times in 2021-22.

After a puzzling Week 1 in which the tight end saw just two targets and finished with one catch for five yards, I think Buffalo will try to get Knox back on track with some early targets against the Titans. Gabriel Davis is questionable to play Monday night due to an ankle injury, and if he’s unable to go, Knox could be Josh Allen’s No. 2 target in Week 2. That makes him my favorite first TD scorer bet at the top of the board.

Jamison Crowder +1800

The Bills wasted no time getting Jamison Crowder involved in the offense, as the veteran wideout played just seven fewer snaps than Isaiah McKenzie but saw more targets in Week 1. With Davis looking unlikely to suit up Monday night, Crowder should see plenty of playing time as the No. 3 or possibly No. 2 WR on the offense.

This comes down to price in the end. I know McKenzie found the end zone in Week 1, but I don’t think he should be +950 to score the first touchdown when Crowder is all the way up at +1800. These two should see close to the same number of snaps if Davis sits out, so I’ll take a shot on double the price with Crowder.

Geoff Swaim +4500


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If I have to throw in a Titans bet for Monday Night Football, there’s no way I’m going chalk with Derrick Henry (+900). I want to get a tight end involved for a possible play-action shot near the goal line, but I’m not taking the one you might expect.

Austin Hooper (+2600) is the best pass-catching TE on the roster, but Geoff Swaim actually saw more snaps, targets, catches, and yards in Week 1. Head coach Mike Vrabel trusts Swaim more as a blocker, so he has a better chance of being on the field if Tennessee reaches the red zone first. At +4600, I think it’s worth some pizza money.

All betting odds courtesy of FanDuel as of 9/19.

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