Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images. Pictured: TJ Hockenson.
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Hockenson has proven to be a target magnet as a member of the Vikings. He has averaged 8.8 goals per game in a 12-game sample with Minnesota, and had nine in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. In the red zone, he averages just under 1.5 goals.
Since the Eagles will likely generate pressure on Kirk Cousins, that should keep the action going in the middle of the field, where Hockenson thrives. It’s also worth noting that the Eagles’ defense will be shorthanded. Linebacker Nakobe Dean (foot) will be out for a couple of weeks, while cornerback James Bradberry’s status is undetermined while he is in concussion protocol.
In Week 1, the Patriots’ Hunter Henry had five catches, 56 yards and a touchdown, and he could have had another.
Based solely on Hockenson’s projected volume, he should have some decent scoring opportunities.
Eagles’ first TD scorer +320
The Eagles are all about hitting the rock, so it’s no surprise that a rushing touchdown was their first type of touchdown in 12 of their 17 games last season.
In his career, Hurts scored one rushing touchdown in 16 regular season games; 11 of them were the Eagles’ first touchdown (68%). For what it’s worth, he scored the Eagles’ first touchdown against the Vikings last year.
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