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It’s been another wild Sunday in the NFL. The Miami Dolphins knocked off the Buffalo Bills to move to 3-0, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers handed Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their first loss, and the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, the Jaguars) crushed the Los Angeles Chargers to improve to 2-1.

Let’s hope for some more fun on Sunday Night Football when the San Francisco 49ers go up against the Denver Broncos. But you know what would make it even better? Nailing a first touchdown scorer bet.

Let’s do it.

Deebo Samuel +650

Deebo Samuel runs against the Bears.
Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers rushes for a touchdown during a game against the Chicago Bears | Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

The 49ers will be without starting running back Elijah Mitchell and rookie Tyrion Davis-Price in this one, so I expect Kyle Shanahan to get Deebo Samuel involved in the run game early and often. Samuel has 105 rushing yards and a touchdown through two games this season.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Samuel is used as the goal-line back for San Francisco Sunday night, and we know he can score from anywhere on the field when he has the ball in his hands.

Jordan Mason +1800

With two running backs out for Sunday night’s game, rookie Jordan Mason will be the No. 2 RB for the 49ers in Week 3. He hasn’t shown much as a runner this year, but there’s no telling how Shanahan is going to use his available running backs against the Broncos.

If Jeff Wilson Jr. leads San Fran near the goal line and has to take a breather, Mason should be the first player off the bench to relieve him. I think +1800 is a fair price for the No. 2 RB in one of the most run-heavy offenses in the NFL. Give me the rookie.

Albert Okwuegbunam +2000


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Albert Okwuegbunam didn’t have a single catch last week against the Houston Texans, but he was still on the field for nearly every one of Wilson’s dropbacks. I’m expecting a breakout game from the young tight end, and that could start early in the first quarter.

The Broncos haven’t scored a touchdown in six red zone trips this season, but they haven’t been targeting Okwuegbunam near the goal line. If I’m Nathaniel Hackett, I’m making it a priority to get the 6-foot-5, 258-pound tight end involved in the red zone this week. Let’s hope he listens.

All betting odds courtesy of FanDuel as of 9/25.

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