The New Orleans Saints kick off their season this Sunday afternoon against the hated Atlanta Falcons. Both teams are entering new eras, with the Saints entering the first year of the post-Sean Payton era while the Falcons are entering their first season without Matt Ryan as their quarterback.
For the Saints, Dennis Allen is taking over the reigns of head coach while the Falcons will roll with former No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota as their quarterback. It's not going to necessarily feel like a Saints-Falcons matchup, but those are the two teams we'll see squaring off on Sunday.
When it comes to the best prop bet you can make for this game, I went in the anytime scorer direction because that's where the best value seemed to be. The prop bet below is courtesy of WynnBET.
Anytime Scorer - Michael Thomas (+210)
This almost feels too easy, doesn't it? Yes, Thomas has been banged up this summer but he's made it clear that the goal is for him to play on Sunday and if he does, you better believe he's finding the end zone, even with the plethora of weapons the team has surrounding him.
Thomas did not appear in any of the Saints' three preseason games and we haven't seen him in action in an actual game since the 2020 playoffs but we saw him ball out in camp and look like the Thomas of old. If he's on the field, Jameis Winston is going to target him and finding the end zone for the first time since the 2019 season would be the perfect start for Thomas as he looks to bounce back.
While New Orleans added help at the wide receiver position, Chris Olave is entering his first-ever NFL game and this is also Jarvis Landry's first game as a Saint. Despite not scoring since the 2020 playoffs, Thomas was once a touchdown-scoring machine and betting on him NOT to score seems foolish.
Placing $100 on Thomas to score at any time during the game is a solid move and will net you $210 in return if he does indeed find the end zone. It might seem a little riskier with the injury but if Thomas is on the field, he's going to score.