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Thursday Night Football features a cross-conference showdown. Who should you bet to score in the game? NFL analyst Tom Viera gives us his top three anytime TD scorer picks.
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Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers: Top Anytime TD Bets

Week 3 of the NFL season is upon us. This week kicks off with a game that really doesn't scream offensive fireworks. The Texans vs. Panthers game total is set at 43 points right now by oddsmakers implying a low-scoring affair. The most important play in any football game is the touchdown, it can also be the most profitable if you pick the exact player to score in the game! I've done the research so you don't have to though. Let's find some anytime touchdown winners and keep cashing all NFL season long.

Since we began sharing our anytime touchdown scorer picks last week we're already up ten units. If you tailed my Monday Night Football anytime TD picks you would have cashed Quintez Cephus of the Lions at +450 with me! Let's get to it, here are my top picks to score a touchdown anytime Thursday night.

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Brandin Cooks (+205)

With starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor placed on Injured Reserve the Texans officially announced that rookie Davis Mills will start under center. Davis Mills entered the game after halftime and he targeted Cooks ten times in just one-half of football. The lone touchdown drive last weekend orchestrated by Mills was capped by a 2-yard touchdown catch by Cooks. He currently is tied for sixth in the league in targets and I expect that to continue Thursday. We know Mills will be looking at Cooks' direction all night and hopefully, the Texans can do enough on offense to have some scoring opportunities.

Panthers Defense/Special Teams (+350)

The issue we may face this Thursday is the Texans offense will likely struggle to get anything going on offense. Through two weeks the Panthers defense has been the best in the entire NFL. They ranked first in points allowed (21 total), first in rush yards allowed (93), and first in passing yards allowed (287). The Panthers have three interceptions so far. Last season they led the NFL in 15 forced fumble recoveries and three fumbles returned for a touchdown. In the one half of football by Davis Mills, he threw one interception and was sacked and fumbled once but Houston recovered the ball. Carolina leads the NFL in sacks with 10 so far. The Panthers defense has been ruthless to start 2021. On a short week, with little time to prepare the rookie, and with a beaten and battered Texans offense the value on the Panthers defense to force a turnover at any point and score is too good.

Robby Anderson (+190)

The last time Sam Darnold and Robby Anderson teamed up and faced the Texans, Robby went for 7 catches 96 yards, and a touchdown. Granted that was back in Darnold's rookie season in 2018 with the Jets and the dumpster fire that was. My point is Robby and Darnold have chemistry and although he's not leading the Panthers in targets (Currently 3rd on Carolina), he has the potential to score on one play as he did in Week 1. He caught just one pass but it was for a 57-yard touchdown. In Week 2 he garnered 6 targets as opposed to his pedestrian 3 in Week 1. The Texans allowed 332 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in Week 1 to the Jaguars. As Darnold and Robby get acquainted again I expect his numbers to improve as we move further into the season starting this Thursday night against this porous Texans secondary.

Texans vs. Panthers Anytime Touchdown Picks

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Tom Viera is an experienced betting and fantasy sports writer. Tom brings a vast knowledge of all things NFL, NBA, MLB and soccer to the OddsChecker stable of handicappers.

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