TNF Player Prop Bets – Falcons vs. Panthers (NFL Week 8, 2020)

| October 28, 2020 10:38 am PDT

The NFL is back in our lives after just a two-day break. That’s plenty long for me, especially now that the NBA Finals and World Series are over.

We need some type of sports going every single day, but that’s a debate for another day. The nice thing is pro football is back on your television, and you can make money from betting on Thursday Night Football.

One way is to dive into the matchup, and our week 8 Falcons vs. Panthers betting pick can help you do just that.

There are more ways to cash in on TNF than merely trying to predict the winner, of course. If you’re looking to make money betting on the Panthers vs. Falcons game, you can try my favorite player props for Thursday Night Football.

My TNF player prop bets fared well last week, as Boston Scott crushed his rushing yardage total (-115), Evan Engram topped 38 receiving yards (-114), Richard Rodgers eclipsed 30.5 receiving yards (-112), and Carson Wentz easily finished with more passing yards than Daniel Jones (-143).

I whiffed on a prop asking for Devonta Freeman to score a touchdown, but he exited the game with an injury. Overall, four out of five picks will do the trick.

If you plan on betting on sports online on Thursday, consider the following player props for tonight’s Falcons vs. Panthers clash.

Matt Ryan Under 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (+130)

I actually think we get a bit of a shootout on TNF, as I put the Over for this game in my week 8 NFL parlay picks. I still think we get there, but it may come on the heels of Carolina doing some damage, as well as some Todd Gurley rushings scores.

There are two problems for Matt Ryan this week. The first is that stud wide receiver Julio Jones is dealing with yet another nagging injury.

That’s problematic, but the other obstacle is a pretty stingy Panthers secondary. Despite not having the most dominant pass rush, Carolina has been very tough on opposing passing attacks.

Drew Brees put up 287 yards and two scores last week, but that’s a bit of an outlier when you realize this defense has allowed nine total passing touchdowns in 2020.

Ryan has explosive upside, but he’s also been held to just one or fewer passing scores four times this year. Throw in the tough matchup, the short week, and the possible absence of one of his best weapons, and I like the value associated with the Under here.

Todd Gurley to Score a Rushing Touchdown (-121)

Gurley has been pretty productive for the Dirty Birds. He hasn’t been that efficient on a consistent basis, but he sure has been punching in touchdowns.

Heck, he’s even doing it by accident.

Not what he once was, Gurley is still relatively spry, and the important thing is he has a nice role. Atlanta is feeding him the rock, with the former Rams star seeing 15+ touches in every single game this season.

It’s been pretty massive lately, with Gurley toting the rock 20+ times in each of his last two contests. Conventional wisdom suggests that continues, especially since the matchup demands it.

Not only do the Panthers defend the pass well, but their run defense is abhorrent. That unit has allowed the 5th most rushing yards in the NFL, and are tied for the second-most rushing scores (8) given up.

You can also bet on Gurley topping 63.5 rushing yards (-128), but I trust his usage near the goal-line more than his ability to get a ton of yards. Both are TNF player props, of course.

Christian McCaffrey to Score a Touchdown (-175)

There aren’t any yardage props for C-Mac just yet, mostly because it’s unclear if he’ll actually play. Obviously, we can just scrap this TNF prop bet if news breaks that he is for sure out or super limited.

Still, things are trending in the right direction, and Carolina’s top offensive weapon could return to the field this week.

It’s a short week and he’s been out since week two, but -175 feels like a pretty great price. I would imagine if the Panthers do bring him back, it’s not for no reason.

Mike Davis has been rock solid in McCaffrey’s absence, but C-Mac is the more explosive and dynamic player. He’d probably get the goal-line work, and he can bust long runs at any time.

Seeing as McCaffrey scored twice in both games he played before getting hurt, I love the value here. Just consider waiting on jumping on this until we know for sure if he’s playing.

Teddy Bridgewater Over 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (-228)

Hopefully you can hunt around the best online sports betting sites for slightly better pricing, but -228 is fine for a wager I think Teddy Bridgewater easily clears this week.

As stated, I think we get a shootout in some type of capacity. Both of these offenses are highly capable, and the game total is a friendly 49. It should probably be a bit higher.

Bridgewater is one reason why, as he’s got to be licking his chops as he prepares to battle a suspect Falcons defense that has given up more passing yards than anyone in 2020.

Obviously that places any Bridgewater passing yardage prop bets on the table (I don’t see any out there just yet), but Atlanta has also coughed up 19 passing scores (dead last in the NFL).

Ipso facto, you can bet on Teddy to do some major damage on Thursday Night Football.


This projects to be a fun game. Both teams will likely come to play, too. Carolina still has hopes for the playoffs, while the Falcons are surely cooked with another loss.

Things are always somewhat up in the air with Thursday Night Football games due to the short week, while a divisional clash can often throw everything you think you know out the window, too.

Bettors need to keep that in mind, but sometimes the better strategy is to just bet on what the players will do. That’s where these four-player props for Thursday Night Football come in.

My picks fared quite well last week, so here’s to more success with my Falcons vs. Panthers prop bets. If you have questions, comments, or prop picks of your own, feel free to chime in with a comment below.

And don’t forget to check our the rest of this week’s NFL betting picks.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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