Some Superbowl longshot picks for for first touchdown
…and the first touchdown in the Super Bowl is scored by…?
When the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals meet Sunday, eyes will be on the star players like Cooper Kupp and Ja’Marr Chase, so there’s value elsewhere in ‘first touchdown scorer’ markets.
NFL odds are giving bettors generous odds for players going slightly under the radar.
Player to Score First Touchdown
Don’t Forget about Boyd
Tyler Boyd isn't a name that rolls off everyone's tongue when discussing touchdown scorers, but he's worth having on your ticket.
The 27-year-old Bengals’ wide receiver caught only four passes in the Bengals conference title win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but he should be wide open in the Super Bowl.
Most of the attention will be on Chase and running back Joe Mixon, which could leave Boyd open for the opening score of Super Bowl LVI.
There are rumors that Rams' cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be covering Chase, which leaves Boyd with a 'favorable' defender on the other side of the field.
"We don't care what's going to happen, how you’re going to play us. We're going to continue to play our game," Boyd told NFL.com. "We're not going to not throw (Chase) the ball because Ramsey is on him. However they decide to play, they're going to have to match us."
Bettors are getting generous odds for Boyd to score the first touchdown. NFL betting markets have Boyd at +1600, which is worth having on your ticket.
Pick: Tyler Boyd to Score First Touchdown (+1600)
Burrow for the Highlight-Reel TD
There isn't much Joe Burrow can't do. He has been escaping the pocket and pulling off some incredible plays, which could happen in the Super Bowl.
Wagering on a passing quarterback to score the first touchdown is a risky play. However, if it's a short-yardage situation and the Rams’ defense comes after Burrow, he could wriggle out and run into the end zone.
There have been some crazy first-touchdown plays in Super Bowl history, so seeing Burrow score the opener at +2500 wouldn’t surprise.
Not many thought Nick Foles would score a touchdown on the "Philly Special," so Burrow could create his own history.
He's at shorter odds than Matthew Stafford to score first, so we're taking that confidence and putting him in our selections.
Pick: Joe Burrow to Score First Touchdown (+2500)
Anytime Touchdown Scorer
The Bright Lights of Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. shines brightest on the big stages, and there is no bigger stage than Super Bowl LVI.
The former New York Giant and Cleveland Brown has relished playing for the Los Angeles Rams, so we like his chances of scoring a touchdown during the game.
The wide receiver went for 113 yards in the win over the San Francisco 49ers, so if he sees plenty of the ball, he’ll get his chance to score six points.
"Odell was outstanding today," Rams coach Sean McVay told Sporting News. "To be able to go over 100 [yards], he had some key and critical catches to be able to extend drives.
He's a special player. He's so smart. He's so talented, so gifted and he's brought such a charisma and a presence and really a swag to our team."
Super Bowl odds have Beckham Jr. at +115 to score a touchdown, which is worth a wager.
Pick: Odell Beckham Jr. to Score Anytime Touchdown (+115)
Perine has Touchdown Credentials
Bettors shouldn’t forget about Samaje Perine, who could be used in short-yardage situations.
A back-up for Mixon, Perine hasn’t been used that much. However, he’s a sizable running back and he could be employed to good effect by the Bengals.
He rushed for only one touchdown this season, but there is no better time to make an impact. Coaches often run interesting plays in the Super Bowl, so using Perine close to the end zone could be a wrinkle Zac Taylor puts in the playbook.
Getting a +350 is a fair price from the sportsbook, and we would have been prepared to take +250 for the former Oklahoma star.
Pick: Samaje Perine to Score Anytime Touchdown (+350)