Every day leading up to Super Bowl LI, SportsLine will provide a free recommendation on one big-game prop. Today we'll hit on the underdog Falcons, who led the NFL in scoring.
FIRST FALCON TO SCORE TD (From BookMaker.eu)
Julio Jones +200
Devonta Freeman +350
Tevin Coleman +500
Mohamed Sanu +800
Taylor Gabriel +1000
Austin Hooper +1200
Aldrick Robinson +2220
Justin Hardy +2220
Levine Toilolo +2500
Matt Ryan +3050
Patrick DiMarco +5000
No Falcons TD scored +2500
Bill Belichick is renowned for taking away the opponent's top threat. In Super Bowl LI, that's Julio Jones.
The Patriots rarely give up rushing touchdowns: They yielded an NFL-low six this season.
Which brings us to Mohamed Sanu, an increasingly popular red-zone target for Matt Ryan. The 6-2, 210-pound Sanu has caught a TD in three straight games, including both playoff wins.
Last Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, Sanu opened the scoring. He capped the game's first drive, one-handing a 2-yard flip pass from Matt Ryan, to put the Falcons up 7-0.
With great hands and physicality, Sanu hauled in nine of 11 red-zone targets during the regular season. He dropped one pass en route to a career-high 59 catches.
It's clear the Patriots will be ready for a Sanu trick play -- the high school option quarterback is 5 for 5 as an NFL passer, including hitting A.J. Green for a 73-yard TD in 2012. With Sanu not even attempting a pass as a Falcon yet, it's not something to worry about now.
At +850 odds, we'll back Sanu to score the first Falcons' touchdown in Super Bowl LI.