Vikings vs Eagles Anytime Touchdown Scorer Picks: Bet Jalen Hurts, T.J. Hockenson
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Hockenson has proven to be a target magnet as a member of the Vikings. He’s averaged 8.8 targets per game in a 12-game sample with Minnesota, and he had nine in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. In the red zone, he averages just under 1.5 targets.
Given that the Eagles will likely generate pressure on Kirk Cousins, that should keep the action in the middle of the field – where Hockenson thrives. It’s also worth noting the Eagles defense will be shorthanded. Linebacker Nakobe Dean (foot) is out for a couple of weeks while cornerback James Bradberry’s status is undetermined while in concussion protocol.
In Week 1, the Patriots’ Hunter Henry went off for five receptions, 56 yards and a touchdown – and he could’ve had another.
Based on Hockenson’s projected volume alone, he should get some decent chances to score. Best odds are on DraftKings (+255) as of Thursday morning.
The Eagles are all about pounding the rock, so it’s no surprise that a rushing touchdown was their first type of touchdown in 12 of their 17 games last season.
In his career, Hurts has scored a rushing touchdown in 16 regular-season games – 11 of them were the first Eagles TD (68%). For what it’s worth, he scored the first Eagles TD against the Vikings last year.
Hurts is -130 to score an anytime touchdown, let’s kick it up a notch with this first Eagles TD alternative.