Packers vs. Rams First Touchdown Scorer Picks: 3 Juicy Bets for Monday Night Football
Everyone catch their breath yet from one of the wildest NFL weekends in recent memory?
The Minnesota Vikings came back from 33-0 to complete the largest comeback in NFL history, the Jacksonville Jaguars upset the Dallas Cowboys on a walk-off pick-six, and the Las Vegas Raiders stunned the New England Patriots as time expired on one of the most shocking blunders we’ve ever seen. And that covers only half of the crazy finishes around the league.
We’ve still got one game left on the slate before we can flip the page to Week 16. On Monday Night Football, Baker Mayfield and the Los Angeles Rams will travel to Lambeau Field to face off against the Green Bay Packers. It’s not exactly a thrilling matchup with both teams under .500, but we can make it more entertaining by targeting a few first touchdown scorer bets in search of a juicy payout.
AJ Dillon +650
Aaron Jones has been nursing an injured ankle for a few weeks, and that allowed AJ Dillon to enjoy his busiest game of the season against the Chicago Bears two Sundays ago. The third-year running back notched season-high marks in carries (18) and rushing yards (93), and he also found the end zone for the second straight game.
Jones was limited in practice early in the week, so he still isn’t 100% healthy leading up to Monday Night Football. Considering the Packers are likely to win as seven-point favorites, they don’t have to push Jones too hard and risk re-injury. So, Dillon should be in for another big game this week, and he’s by far the most likely player to score the first touchdown on Monday night. I’ll eat the low price of +650 (FanDuel).
Allen Lazard +1100
After Dillon, the next few names on the first touchdown scorer odds board are Christian Watson (+650), Aaron Jones (+700), Cam Akers (+750), then Allen Lazard (+1100). Watson can’t keep up this insane touchdown pace forever, Jones won’t have a full workload, and I’d be surprised if the Rams find the end zone before the Packers.
That leads us to Lazard at 11-1. The 27-year-old hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 9 against the Detroit Lions, but he’s still Aaron Rodgers’ go-to target on third downs and in the red zone. This feels like a good spot to feed Lazard a few end-zone targets with Jalen Ramsey likely shadowing Watson for most of the game.
Tutu Atwell +2200
If the Rams find a way to score the first touchdown on Monday night, I think it has to be on an explosive play. That brings us to Tutu Atwell, who scored a 62-yard touchdown in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints.
Atwell is the fastest and most dangerous weapon the Rams have available right now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Sean McVay draws up a deep shot to the speedy wideout early in the game. At 22-1, I think the Louisville product is worth a look as a longshot to score the first touchdown.
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