The New Orleans Saints are no strangers to playing football on Thanksgiving, and this year they get to play host to the Buffalo Bills as the day’s final course. Like the rest of the teams playing on the holiday, the Saints (5-5) and the Bills (6-4) are both entering this game after suffering embarrassing losses on Sunday. The “Big Easy” will be anything but for two teams that are still in contention to win their respective divisions.
Before you fans in Louisiana and New York go out to do some Black Friday shopping, check out these three prop bets to earn a little more shopping money. While you’re chasing savings, snag these new DraftKings promotions that you don’t have to camp out for.
Game Lines*: Buffalo Bills (-275) @ New Orleans Saints (+220) | Bills – 6.5 | O/U 45
*All odds are as of 11/24 at the time of publish, and are subject to change.
1) Taysom Hill Anytime Touchdown (+500)
There’s now a conversation about who will start for the Saints at home on Thanksgiving after Trevor Siemian has struggled the last three weeks in consecutive losses. As of Wednesday morning, DraftKings Sportsbook doesn’t even have QB props available for New Orleans. The book does, however, have touchdown props, and Hill at +500 for a score feels juicy.
Sean Payton has been creative over the years in how he uses Hill, a multitool on the field. Fresh off of a new contract extension with the team, the former BYU standout could return the vote of confidence with a strong performance on Thursday night. Bound to play a part in the game whether as the starting quarterback or just a gadget again, no Alvin Kamara and Siemian’s recent play suggests as much. Hill hasn’t scored since finding the endzone twice in Week 4’s loss to the New York Giants, but more time on the field should change that. Even filling in at quarterback last season, Hill called his own number for the touchdown as often as he passed to someone else. Thanksgiving could be a big day.
2) Dawson Knox Anytime Touchdown (+190)
Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts may have been the wake-up call that the Bills needed. Losers of three of their last five, it has been a rough stretch for Buffalo, especially considering the Jacksonville Jaguars is one of the others. New Orleans enters Thursday as a team with confusion under center and three consecutive losses. It is time for the Bills to build some confidence.
Buffalo needs this win, and to get it they’ll have to go back to what they’re good at. One of those things is drawing up touchdowns for tight end Dawson Knox. The Bills are 4-0 in games this season where Knox has at least one touchdown catch. In the others in which he plays but doesn’t catch a touchdown, the team is 1-3. The lone conditional victory came against the New York Jets. With a “Dawson Knox Anytime Touchdown” currently at +190, a score to help the Bills could also help your account.
3) Josh Allen Over 299.5 Passing Yards, Over 39.5 Rushing Yards, 2+ Pass TDs, 1+ Rush TDs (+650)
Allen is due for one of his big performances, and that sets up this week’s special for the Bills and Saints game up for you to score big too if he does. The initial hesitation on this one may come at the first condition of 299.5 passing yards, which may seem too high to hit, considering the team’s recent record. However, Allen is good for it, passing for 300 or more yards four times this season. The Bills won in three of those games, which they need to do this weekend.
When the Bills win, it is because Allen is having a big game, which favors the other conditions of this wager. The fourth-year quarterback has eight games with multiple touchdown passes this season, and has added a rushing score in three of those games. On the ground, Allen has rushed for 39.5 yards or more five times. What makes this wager worth it, is that Allen has accomplished this win-condition already this season. In Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Allen passed for 315 yards and three touchdowns while adding 59 yards and a score on the ground.