Eagles vs. Commanders First Touchdown Scorer Picks: 3 Juicy Bets for Monday Night Football
After another wild Sunday of NFL action, we’ve got an NFC East battle to close out the Week 10 slate on Monday Night Football. This week, it’ll be the Philadelphia Eagles playing host to the Washington Commanders.
With a double-digit spread and a possible blowout on our hands, we’ll need to find a different way to make this game interesting. So, let’s target some first touchdown scorer bets for MNF between the Eagles and Commanders.
DeVonta Smith +1000
The story of DeVonta Smith’s sophomore season has been inconsistency on a week-to-week basis. The speedy wide receiver has three games with at least seven catches and 80 receiving yards, but he also has three games with three or fewer catches and less than 23 yards.
It’s been impossible to predict when Smith is going to pop, but this week could be a decent bet on a monster performance. Against the Commanders in Week 3, Smith had his best game of the season with eight catches on a season-high 12 targets, 169 yards, and a touchdown. He beat Washington’s secondary down the field over and over and made a few contested, “wow” catches that reminded fans why he’s a Heisman Trophy winner.
The Eagles would be foolish not to target Smith heavily again on Monday night. Oh, and it’s also his 24th birthday today, so let’s hope Jalen Hurts hooks him up with a present via an early touchdown pass.
Antonio Gibson +1500
Antonio Gibson is another player who’s been impossible to figure out this year. He’s tied with Jahan Dotson for the most touchdowns on the team (four), but the Commanders don’t trust him to carry a heavy workload on any given week.
Brian Robinson Jr. will most likely record more carries on Monday night, but Gibson should see plenty of work in the passing game with J.D. McKissic ruled out for the contest. It’s anyone’s guess as to which running back will be on the field when Washington reaches the red zone, so I’ll take the juicier option in Gibson at +1500 (FanDuel).
Quez Watkins +3800
Who’s ready for a longshot?
As Smith proved in Week 3, Washington’s defense is vulnerable on deep passes. That opens the door for Quez Watkins, who’s one of the fastest wide receivers in the NFL, to score a long touchdown on Monday night. Watkins scored a 53-yard touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2, and I think we could see a similar defensive breakdown on MNF with the Commanders focusing so much on slowing down Smith and A.J. Brown on the outside.
At 38/1, he’s worth a sprinkle.
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