2020 NFL Draft Odds First Round Picks for Offensive, Defensive Players, Big-10, Alabama, Big-12 & Pac-12

With the Cincinnati Bengals already on record as taking former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick and Washington set to nab Ohio State superstar defensive end Chase Young with the second overall pick, the question begs to be asked. Will more offensive players be drafted in the first round or will more defensive players be taken in the opening round of the upcoming 2020 NFL draft? Let’s see the matchups and 2020 NFL Draft Odds.

2020 NFL Draft Odds First Round Picks for Offensive, Defensive Players, Big-10, Alabama, Big-12 & Pac-12

In addition to that, let’s find out whether more players from the Big Ten or perennially-powerful Alabama will be picked in the first round. Last, but not least, I’m going to make a prediction on whether the Big 12 or Pac-12 will see more of their players picked in the opening stanza of this year’s draft. With a trio of chances to boost the NFL betting bankroll, let’s get started.

More First Round Picks Offensive vs Defensive Players

  • Offensive Players -200
  • Defensive Players +150

Headlined by Burrow and Young, I’ve got the top 10 picks in this year’s draft being split evenly among offensive and defensive players, although I have 10 of the first 16 players being picked as offensive prospects. In the end however, I have the opening round featuring a dead-even 16 offensive and defensive players going off the board in Round 1, though I’m leaning toward more offensive players being picked than defensive.

2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Offensive Players

More First Round Picks Big-10 vs Alabama

  • Big 10 Players -185
  • Alabama Players +145

Headed up by former Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and followed up quickly by teammate Jeffrey Okudah, I’ve got six Big Ten players going in the opening round to top the 5.5 player total for this wager. As far as the Alabama Crimson Tide are concerned, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be a top 5 pick, while tackle Jedrick Wills will likely go inside the top 10. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and fellow wideout Henry Ruggs will be the next Alabama players taken in the first round while safety Xavier McKinney will be the fifth and final Alabama player to be selected in the first round. Play the Big 10 in this draft odds wager!

2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Big Ten

2020 NFL Draft Odds More First Round Picks Big-12 vs Pac-12

  • Big 12 Players -½  -240
  • Pac-12 Players +½ +165

When it comes to the Big 12, Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb leads a group of players from the Big 12 that will go off the board in the opening round. Former Sooners teammate and linebacker Kenneth Murray is expected to go somewhere around the 20th overall selection. TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and TCU wideout Jalen Reagor are also projected to go in the opening round, making it four players from the Big 12 to go in Round 1. When it comes to the Pac-12, I’ve got three players going in the opening round, including former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault and USC tackle Austin Jackson. Go with the Big 12 in this one NFL betting buffs!

2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Big 12

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2020 NFL Draft Odds More 1st Round Picks AAC, Pac-12, Big 12, LSU & Alabama

While Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert are lock first round picks in the upcoming 2020 NFL draft, it remains to be seen whether the ACC or Pac-12 will see more of their players go off the board in the opening round. Let’s check the 2020 NFL Draft Odds for the First Round Most Picks

2020 NFL Draft Odds More 1st Round Picks AAC, Pac-12, Big 12, LSU & Alabama

In keeping with the theme of which conference will see more players picked in the first round, I’m also going to examine whether the ACC will see more of their players picked in Round 1 or whether the Big 12 could beat them out in this draft odds wager. Last, but not least, I’m going to offer up an expert prediction on whether defending national champion LSU will see more of their players picked in the opening round than perennially-powerful SEC rival Alabama. Now, let’s get started.

More First Round Picks AAC vs Pac-12

  • ACC Players -½  -130
  • Pac-12 Players +½  +100

If there were more linebacker needy teams in the 2020 NFL draft, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons could very well have been the top overall pick in this year’s draft. The do-it-all  ‘freak of nature’ is a lock top 10 pick and he’ll be joined as an opening round pick by teammate and wide receiver Tee Higgins, a late round pick projection. Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton is easily a top 15 selection, but that’s it from the ACC.

The Pac-12 conference hasn’t produced a ‘real’ national championship hopeful in quite some time, but the conference will see Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert become a top 10 pick while speedy Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault will also go off the board in the opening round, somewhere between the 20th and 28th overall picks. My third and final Pac-12 player to be picked in the opening round is USC tackle Austin Jackson, possibly to Miami with the 26th overall pick. Play the Pac-12 at +½ to narrowly win this wager.

2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Pac-12

More First Round Picks Big 12 vs AAC

  • Big 12 Players -½  -150
  • ACC Players +½  +120

Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb should be the first wide receiver taken in this year’s draft (sorry Jerry Jeudy). Sooners linebacker Kenneth Murray is also expected to go in the middle portion of the first round while  TCU wideout Jalen Reagor and  TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock are also expected to go off the board in the opening round. In the ACC, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons will go inside the top 10 and Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton will go off the board shortly thereafter. Fleet-footed Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins should go off the board later in the first round to give the conference three players picked in the first round. Go with the Big 12 to scratch out the narrow win in this draft odds wager.

2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Big 12

More 2020 NFL Draft First Round Picks LSU vs Alabama

  • LSU Players +½  -180
  • Alabama Players -½  +140

A pair of quarterbacks will highlight LSU and Alabama’s 2020 NFL draft as Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa both go off the board inside the top five picks. LSU will also see linebackers Patrick Queen and K’Lavon Chaisson drafted in the opening round as well as wide receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit, making it five Tigers being selected in the opening stanza. For Alabama, I’m expecting tackle Jedrick Wills, wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs and safety Xavier McKinney to all join Tagovailoa as first round selections, making it five former Crimson Tide players to go off the board in the opening round. Back the LSU Tigers +½ here!

2020 NFL Draft Prediction: LSU

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Running Back, Wide Receiver and Offensive Linemen 2020 NFL Draft Odds Predictions

While former Georgia running back D’Andre Swift is widely expected to be the first running back taken in the 2020 NFL draft, I think it’s possible that some team could go for former Wisconsin superstar Jonathan Taylor instead. When it comes to the wide receiver position, the latest mock drafts have changed their tune a bit. After former Alabama wideout Jerry Jeudy was expected to be the first wide receiver taken in this year’s draft, now many believe it could be former Oklahoma star CeeDee Lamb. Last, but not least, while former Iowa tackle Tristan Wirffs is largely regarded as the top offensive lineman in this year’s draft, there’s also a trio of elite offensive linemen that could surprise as the top o-lineman selected in this 2020 NFL draft. With all of that said, let’s find out which running back, wide receiver and offensive lineman will be selected first in the quickly approaching 2020 NFL draft Odds.

Running Back, Wide Receiver and Offensive Linemen 2020 NFL Draft Odds Predictions

First Running Back NFL Odds

  • D’Andre Swift -150
  • Jonathan Taylor +150
  • JK Dobbins +650
  • Field +800

D’Andre Swift rushed for a career-high 1,218 yards with seven scores this past season at Georgia after totaling 1,049 yards and 10 scores in 2018. Lamb added 24 catches for 216 yards and one score in 2019 and NFL executives like his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Still, for me, I believe that former Wisconsin superstar Jonathan Taylor is the better running back and should be picked as such in this year’s draft. Taylor rushed for a whopping 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman in 2017. The following year, Taylor racked up 2,194 rushing yards and 16 scores before putting up 2,003 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns this past season. During his three-year stay at Wisconsin Taylor broke several collegiate records, including Herschel Walker’s most rushing yards through their junior seasons. Taylor also has rushed for over 200 yards in a single game 12 times to break a tie with a trio of former collegiate greats Marcus Allen (USC), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin) and Ricky Williams (Texas). Taylor also added a carer-high 26 receptions out of the backfield after catching just eight passes in each of his previous two seasons. Unfortunately for Taylor though, he’s still going to be the second back picked, possibly by Baltimore with the 28t overall pick while projections say Swift could go at No. 18 to Miami. All I know is that, in five years, everyone will be asking how so many teams blew it on Taylor.

2020 NFL Draft Pick: D’Andre Swift

First Wide Receiver NFL Odds

  • CeeDee Lamb -105
  • Jerry Jeudy -115
  • Henry Ruggs +500
  • Field +1500

Former Alabama star Jerry Jeudy caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019 after hauling in 68 passes for1,315 yards yards and 14 scores in 2018. The 6-1, 192-pound wideout ran a modest 4.45 40 at the NFL combine Catching passes from Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts the last three seasons at Oklahoma, CeeDee Lamb racked up a whopping 173 catches for 3,292 yards and 32 touchdowns. This past season, Lamb hauled in 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 scores while leading the nation in yards per catch (21.4). Lamb ran a 4.5 40 at the NFL combine, but many experts believe he’s the more explosive and sure-handed receiver than Jeudy in this draft. While I like Jerry Jeudy, I genuinely believe that CeeDee Lamb is the better player and that he should go off the board as the first receiver taken in this year’s NFL draft.

2020 NFL Draft Pick: CeeDee Lamb

First Offensive Lineman NFL Odds

  • Tristan Wirfs +110
  • Mekhi Becton +150
  • Jedrick Wills +350
  • Andrew Thomas +1100
  • Field +1500

While Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton, Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills and Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas are all expected to be selected in the first round of the quickly approaching 2020 NFL draft, by all accounts, no offensive tackle is going to be picked before former Iowa tackle Tristan Wirffs. If you missed this year’s NFL combine, then you missed a helluva’ show put on by Wirffs.  The 6-foot-5 320-pound tackle put up 24 bench presses at the combine, but that’s just a start. What makes Wirffs so special is his freakish athleticism. During the vertical jump, Wirfs recorded a 36.5′ vertical that is a new combine record for an offensive lineman and one that is better than the aforementioned Ceedee Lamb (34.5) and Jerry Jeudy (35). Last, but not least, Wirffs also recorded a stellar 10’1 broad jump that tied the combine record set by Kolton Miller for an offensive lineman. Hell, if Wirffs isn’t the first offensive lineman take (he will be) the Giants (No. 4) will be looking for another new GM at some point in the immediate future.

2020 NFL Draft Pick: Tristan Wirfs

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Big 10, Big 12, Clemson 2020 NFL Draft Odds

If you’re an NFL football fan and betting enthusiast that is looking forward to potentially cashing in on the plethora of NFL Draft odds in the Mybookie.ag sportsbook, then consider your ticket punched. Thanks to the expert predictions that you’re about to get, you’re going to be able to boost your chances of cashing in on a trio of draft odds wagers. Now, let’s find out how many players from the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences will be selected in the first round before I offer up a bold prediction on just how many players from the perennially-powerful Clemson Tigers will be picked in the opening round. With all of that said, let’s get down to business.

Big 10, Big 12, Clemson 2020 NFL Draft Odds

Total Big Ten Players Drafted In First Round

  • Over 5.5 -170
  • Under 5.5 +130

Let’s get started by saying that Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, along with Iowa tackle Tristan Wirffs, will all likely be top five picks in this year’s draft. Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and Iowa edge rusher A.J. Epenesa are also sure-fire first round selections. Several mock drafts also have Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette going off the board as the last pick in the first round, but even if he doesn’t get selected, I’ve got six Big Ten players going in the opening round to top the 5.5 player total for this wager.

2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: Over 5.5 Players

Total Big 12 Players Drafted In First Round

  • Over 3.5 +190
  • Under 3.5 -240

When it comes to the Big 12, Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is expected to go to some receiver-needy team before the 15th overall pick while former teammate and linebacker Kenneth Murray is expected to go somewhere around the 20th overall selection. TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and TCU wideout Jalen Reagor will almost assuredly join them as the third and fourth Big 12 players selected in the first round, somewhere around the 25th and 30th overall picks respectively.

Total Clemson Players Drafted In First Round

  • Over 1.5 -240
  • Under 1.5 +190

Linebacker Isaiah Simmons will almost assuredly be a top 10 pick while wide receiver Tee Higgins is expected to go somewhere before the 25th pick. Cornerback A.J. Terrell and guard John Simpson are both expected to be second round picks, so this wager looks like a piece of cake to me as Simmons and Higgins both go off the board in Round 1. Play the Over!

2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: Over Pick 1.5

 

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Georgia, LSU, Ohio St 2020 NFL Draft Odds

In today’s world of college football, the Georgia Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes and defending national champion LSU Tigers are perennial title contenders that produce a bunch of players that eventually end up on NFL rosters. With the 2020 NFL draft quickly approaching, let’s find out right now just how many players from each football powerhouse and their NFL Draft Odds will be selected in the opening round of the upcoming NFL draft.

Georgia, LSU, Ohio St 2020 NFL Draft Odds

Total Georgia Players Drafted In First Round

  • Over 1.5 +140
  • Under 1.5 -180

Tackle Andrew Thomas and speedy running back D’Andre Swift are both lock first round selections for the perennially-powerful Bulldogs. Thomas routinely overpowered opposing defensive linemen while excelling in both, pass protection and run blocking and Swift is being compared to veteran LeSean McCoy for his uncanny shiftiness and ability to make defenders miss.

Guard Solomon Kindley could go at the very end of the first round, but even if he doesn’t, two Bulldogs go in the opening round to make this draft odds wager a virtual lock to go over the total.

2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: Over 1.5 Players

Total Ohio State Players Drafted In First Round

  • Over 2.5 +285
  • Under 2.5 -360

Two Buckeyes will not only go off the board in the first round, but likely inside the top five picks with Chase Young almost assuredly going to Washington with the second overall pick and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah expected to go third to Detroit. Buckeyes cornerback Damon Arnette could be one of the final picks in the first round and running back J.K. Dobbins will go off the board in the second round, even if he does have first round talent. I like the under here!

2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: Under 1.5 Players

Total LSU Players Drafted In First Round

  • Over 5.5 +220
  • Under 5.5 -280

If you didn’t know by now, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow will be the first overall pick in this year’s draft as he heads off to perennially-pitiful Cincinnati (good luck with that Joe). Linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson will also go off the board in the opening round, somewhere before the 20th overall pick, possibly to Dallas at No. 17. Linebacker Patrick Queen is also expected to go around No. 20, possibly to Jacksonville. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson is also going to get picked in the opening round, possibly by Philadelphia at No. 21. Last, but not least, safety Grant Delpit could also go off the board in the first round. LSU may have won it all this past season, but only four Tigers are going off the board in the first round and no more than five. Simply put, play the under here!

2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: Under 5.5 Players

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Oklahoma, PAC 12, SEC NFL Draft Odds

Okay football betting enthusiasts, while the rest of the sports world is on hold these days because of the coronavirus epidemic, you’re going to have a great chance to start boosting your annual NFL bankroll thanks to the proliferation of value-packed NFL draft odds in the Mybookie.ag NFL sportsbook. With that thought in mind, let’s find out how many Oklahoma Sooners players will be selected in the opening round as well as how many players from the Pac-12 and SEC conference will be picked in round 1.

Oklahoma, PAC 12, SEC NFL Draft Odds

Total Oklahoma Players Drafted In First Round

  • Over 2.5 -125
  • Under 2.5 +100

While the Oklahoma Sooners won’t produce their third straight No. 1 overall pick after Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray ruled the last two NFL drafts Odds, but the Sooners are going to see a handful of players go off the board in the opening round of the 2020 NFL draft. Superstar wideout CeeDee Lamb could be the first receiver taken in this year’s draft (he should be), but even if he doesn’t the gifted pass catcher is definitely a top 15 pick. Linebacker Kenneth Murray is also going to get picked in the first round, possibly to Las Vegas at No. 19. Defensive lineman Neville Gallimore could go in the second round and quarterback Jalen Hurts could join him in the third round, even if I do believe he should be a first round pick or second at the very least. Play the under here as only two Sooners go off the board in the opening round.

2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: under 2.5 Players

Total Pac-12 Players Drafted In First Round

  • Over 2.5 +190
  • Under 2.5 -240

The Pac-12 conference was mostly a mess in 2019 and the upcoming 2020 NFL draft will almost assuredly reflect that fact.

The first player from the conference to be picked will be former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, possibly by Miami or the L.A. Chargers at No. 5 of No. 6 if a pre-draft day trade doesn’t go down. Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault will also go off the board in the opening round as he goes off the board between the 20th and 28th overall picks, possibly to New Orleans at No. 24. The third and final player from the Pac-12 that will be picked in the first round is USC tackle Austin Jackson, possibly to Miami with the 26th overall pick. This one looks like a close call, but it’s not really as I fully expect three players from the Pac-12 to be picked in the opening round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: Over 2.5 Players

Total SEC Players Drafted In First Round

  • Over 15.5 -160
  • Under 15.5 +120

Let me start by saying the 2020 NFL draft could be renamed the 2020 SEC draft as the conference could see a record number of players picked in the first round of the upcoming draft. With a high, 15,5-player Over/Under total for this wager, let’s find out exactly how many SEC stars will go off the board in the opening round. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow will be taken with the first overall pick, followed by Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Auburn defensive end Derrick Brown and Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, all inside the top 10 picks. Then, there’s Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson, Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills and Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas, Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs and South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw should go off the board next for SEC teams. LSU tackle K’Lavon Chaisson, Georgia running back D’Andre Swift, LSU linebacker Patrick Queen and Tigers wide receiver Justin Jefferson should also be selected inside the top 21 picks Alabama safety Xavier McKinney will also be picked in the opening round and LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry is also on the board as one of the final three picks in the opening round. This pick is going to be agonizingly close, but I’m going with 15 SEC players to go in the first round, making the under 15.5 players picked the right selection for this wager.

2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: Under 15.5 Players

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Carolina Panthers NFL Odds After Free Agency Week 1

The Cam Newton Era is over with the Carolina Panthers as they will move ahead with Teddy Bridgewater as their new quarterback under first-year NFL head coach Matt Rhule. What to expect from the 2020 Panthers? Here’s an overview of the Carolina Panthers and their NFL Odds as it stands.

Carolina Panthers Odds After Free Agency Week 1

2019 recap

Carolina’s season started off horribly with back-to-back home losses to the Rams and Bucs. Cam Newton was not very good in either and that Bucs game would prove to be his last under center for the Panthers due to a foot injury. Kyle Allen replaced him and won his first four and five of six, but then Allen’s play tailed off in a big way.

Following a 29-21 home loss to the awful Washington Redskins in Week 13, the Panthers fired long-time coach Ron Rivera – ironically, he’s now the coach of the Redskins. That embarrassing defeat came just a week and a half after owner David Tepper said publicly he’s not interested in long-term mediocrity and was the final straw for Tepper.

Tepper inherited Rivera as his team’s head coach when he purchased the Panthers in 2018, which enough coincided with the beginning of Rivera’s downward slide. Since Tepper bought the team in May of that year, Rivera’s team won just 12 of 28 games.

Carolina would finish the season on an eight-game losing streak and with a 5-11 record.

Carolina Panthers offseason moves

The biggest move was the Panthers luring highly sought-after Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to the NFL – the New York Giants also were after him. Rhule got a contract for seven years that could be worth $70 million, so there’s no question he’s in charge now. Rhule rose to prominence by taking over an embattled Baylor program and turning it into a contender in a short amount of time, going from 1-11 in 2017 to 11-3 in 2019. Rhule has proven he can turn around programs quickly as he took Temple from 2-10 in 2013 to 10-4 in 2015 and 10-3 in 2016 before leaving to Baylor.

Rhule’s biggest hire was LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, credited with making Joe Burrow a Heisman Trophy winner, as his offensive coordinator. LSU finished second in passing offense with 401.6 passing yards per game while Burrow, who completed 76.3 percent of his passes to lead the nation, set a new FBS single-season record with 60 passing touchdowns. Brady won the Broyles award, given annually to the top assistant coach in college football. Now he’s the youngest active offensive coordinator in the NFL.

The Panthers have undergone major change at quarterback, signing free agent Teddy Bridgewater to starter, signing XFL star PJ Walker to be his backup, releasing former NFL MVP Cam Newton and trading Kyle Allen to the Redskins.

In 2019, Bridgewater went 5-0 as a starter while filling in for injured quarterback Drew Brees with the Saints. Bridgewater finished with 1,384 passing yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 99.1. Among quarterbacks with at least five starts, Bridgewater ranked sixth with a completion percentage of 67.9. Bridgewater has played in 44 career games and has a record of 22-12 as a starter. Walker would have been the XFL MVP as he led that league in passing yards and touchdowns for the Houston Roughnecks before the XFL shut down due to the coronavirus.

Carolina also added a weapon for Bridgewater in former Jets receiver Robby Anderson. Anderson’s final 2019 numbers weren’t anything to write home about with 52 catches for 777 yards and five touchdowns, though he flashed down the stretch with touchdowns in four of his final seven games. A field stretcher who can also do work underneath, Anderson should be an upgrade on Curtis Samuel opposite D.J. Moore.

Defensively, the Panthers lost their leader with the retirement of linebacker and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly. The best linebacker for multiple seasons in the 2010s, Kuechly finished his eight-year career with at least 100 combined tackles in every single season and the third-most tackles before turning 29 in NFL history. He went to seven Pro Bowls, earned five All-Pro nods, and Defensive Rookie of the Year (2012) and Defensive Player of the Year (2013) honors

2020 opponents

  • Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Raiders.
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins.

Carolina Panthers odds to win Super Bowl 55

Carolina has been two a pair of Super Bowls but yet to win one. The Panthers are +8000 to do so next February in Tampa.

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Denver Broncos NFL Odds After Free Agency Week 1

Since the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl following the 2015 season, the team hasn’t been back to the playoffs largely because team boss John Elway hasn’t found a franchise quarterback. The Broncos will go with second-year Drew Lock in 2020. Here’s an overview of the Denver Broncos and their NFL Odds as it stands.

Denver Broncos Odds After Free Agency Week 1

2019 recap

Denver’s 2019 season was really in three parts. There was the Joe Flacco part for the first eight games, when the Broncos started 0-4 but could have won all of them. The would be 2-6 under Flacco until he suffered what would be a season-ending injury. Brandon Allen took over in Week 9 and was 1-2 as starter, not showing much.

The future arrived in Week 12 when rookie second-round pick Drew Lock took over and led the team to a 4-1 record that was capped by a 16-15 win over the Raiders to close the season at 7-9 for the Broncos. They Broncos finished 7-5 after that winless first month under first-year head coach Vic Fangio.

“Although 7-9 is a record that nobody’s proud of and it’s not the rich tradition that this franchise is used to, I do think it says something about the guys,” said Fangio.

The 42nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Lock is far from a finished product. He did show enough, however, to inspire team boss John Elway and Fangio to build around him.

“It’s a big jump from your first year to your second year, especially when you get to play as much as he got to play,” Elway said. “So I think he’ll come into this offseason knowing a lot more than he did last year.

Denver Broncos offseason moves

While Lock has shown promise, the Broncos don’t have a veteran backup behind him after they released Flacco in no surprise. He was horrendous prior to a neck injury, posting a 6-to-5 TD-to-INT ratio while averaging a pedestrian 6.6 adjusted yards per attempt. Could be that Denver still looks at someone like Cam Newton or Jameis Winston to be the No. 2.

Denver’s most noteworthy move was signing former Chargers Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon – interesting because the Broncos have two good young backs in Philip Lindsay, who has rushed for 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons, and Royce Clayton. In his final season in Los Angeles, Gordon’s season was cut short due to a contract dispute as he missed the first four games. He finished the season with 612 rushing yards and eight touchdowns and 42 catches for 296 yards and a touchdown as he split touches with Austin Ekeler.

By adding Gordon, the Broncos are one of just three NFL teams with multiple Pro Bowlers at the running back position – Lindsay made it in 2018 as a rookie. Denver needs all the offensive help it can get as last year the Broncos were the only team to finish the season in the bottom five in points per game, yards per game, red-zone efficiency and third-down percentage. Lindsay and Co. ranked 16th in rushing through the season’s first 11 games but fell to 29th during the final five games of the season.

Defensively, the Broncos made to big trades, landing cornerback AJ Bouye from Jacksonville and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey from Tennessee. In 93 career games, 62 of which he started, Bouye has 14 interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl after the 2017 season. Bouye has two years remaining on his contract and counts $13.437 million and $13.5 million against the salary cap, respectively, in 2020-21. Bouye helps make up for the loss of former Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris as he left in free agency.

As for Casey, it only cost Denver a seventh-round pick. Since entering the league in 2011, Casey’s 51 sacks are fourth-most among defensive tackles, behind the Bengals’ Geno Atkins (72 1/2), the Rams’ Aaron Donald (72) and the Cowboys’ Gerald McCoy (55 1/2). He has seven consecutive years of at least five sacks and had 2 1/2 in last year’s playoffs. Casey is still only 30 and has never had less than 14 starts in a season. He’ll be looked to bolster a Broncos defensive front that boasts Von Miller and the returning Bradley Chubb.

2020 opponents

  • Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans.
  • Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers.

Denver Broncos odds to win Super Bowl 55

Denver won Super Bowl 50 and then Peyton Manning retired. The Broncos haven’t been close to being back since and are +6600 to win it next February in Tampa.

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Atlanta Falcons NFL Odds After Free Agency Week 1

The Atlanta Falcons should have won Super Bowl LI over New England but blew a huge third-quarter lead and lost. Things have essentially gone downhill since, yet this franchise still has Dan Quinn as its coach. What to look for from the 2020 Falcons? Here’s an overview of the Atlanta Falcons and their NFL Odds as it stands.

Atlanta Falcons Odds After Free Agency Week 1

2019 recap

There was no reason to think the Falcons WOULDN’T be contenders following Week 2 last season when the Falcons beat the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, the eventual NFC East champs, 24-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The most memorable play of Atlanta’s season came in that one as star wideout Julio Jones turned a fourth-down screen pass into a 54-yard winning touchdown with 2:10 remaining.

However, the Falcons lost their next six games. Out of a Week 9 bye, Atlanta pulled one of the NFL’s biggest upsets in years in winning 26-9 at New Orleans, which entered on a six-game winning streak and was a 14-point home favorite.

It was the fourth time — and the first since 2001 — that a team on a losing streak of at least six games beat a team on a winning streak of at least six games, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. The others came in 1973 and 1948. It was the first time since 2003 that a team with a record of 7-1 or better lost to a team with a record of 1-7 or worse.

The Falcons won again the next week in an upset at Carolina but then lost their next two and that was that on the season. On the bright side, the team did win its final four to finish a solid 7-9. Still, most thought coach Dan Quinn was going to be fired, but owner Arthur Blank is giving him one more year.

Surprising because it’s the first time in Blank’s ownership that he has not fired a coach after consecutive seasons with .500 or losing records. Mike Smith, the coach with the most wins in franchise history (66), was fired after a 4-12 and 6-10 seasons in 2013 and 2014. Jim Mora was fired after going 8-8 and 7-9 in 2005 and 2006.

Atlanta Falcons offseason moves

The Falcons had very little salary-cap space to play with this offseason and said goodbye to the likes of running back Devonta Freeman, tight end Austin Hooper, defensive end Adrian Clayborn, linebacker Vic Beasley and cornerback Desmond Trufant.

To replace Hooper, the Dirty Birds traded for Baltimore tight end Hayden Hurst. The 26-year-old was selected by the Ravens with the 25th-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after a standout college career at South Carolina. In his two seasons with the Ravens, Hurst caught 43 passes for 512 yards and three touchdowns. Hurst earned a 72.4 grade from Pro Football Focus for his play in 2019, which ranked 14th among all NFL tight ends. Atlanta gave up one of their second-round picks (No. 55 overall) and their fifth-round pick (No. 157 overall) in this year’s NFL Draft for Hurts and the Ravens’ fourth-round pick.

To replace Beasley, the team signed Dante Fowler Jr. The third-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Fowler recorded a career-high 11.5 sacks for the Los Angeles Rams last season. During his four seasons in the league, Fowler has recorded 141 tackles, 34 tackles for a loss and 27.5 sacks. The Falcons finished with 28 sacks last season, which was tied for the second-fewest in the NFL. Fowler knows Quinn well because Quinn recruited Fowler to play in college at Florida.

Finally, the Falcons pounced on running back Todd Gurley when the Rams released the 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Gurley, 25, is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro who was named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 when he gained 2,093 yards from scrimmage and led all NFL players with 19 touchdowns. He had 21 TDs in 2018 but regressed last year, is wildly overpaid and has bad knees. He starred in college at Georgia. It’s a low-risk, high-reward signing.

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Atlanta Falcons odds to win Super Bowl 55

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Houston Texans NFL Odds After Free Agency Week 1

There is perhaps nothing more disconcerting for fans of any team in the NFL than seeing their team begin to make moves that would suggest they are about to take a nosedive in the coming season. That scenario becomes even stranger when those moves are being made by a team that was in the playoffs last season and considered to be on the brink of seriously challenging for the Super Bowl. With that in mind, it would seem that all is not well in Houston, with the Texans making moves that have left more than a few people confused at the direction they are taking. Sending DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals is definitely a head scratcher, and while the player and head coach Bill O’Brien both claim that there was no rift, you do need to wonder why the Texans would allow their biggest offensive target to walk in free agency. Houston has made a few moves in the opening week of free agency, but you have to assume that there will be more to come. Here’s an overview of the Houston Texans and their NFL Odds as it stands.

Houston Texans NFL Odds After Free Agency Week 1

Player Movement and Possible Future Moves

The Texans are coming off what was a rather successful season, going 10-6, which was good enough to win the AFC South. The Texans then had a rather strange run in the playoffs, coming from behind to beat the Bills in OT in the Wild Card round, before blowing a 24-0 lead to lose 51-31 to the Kansas City Chiefs. It was that loss that exposed some serious issues on the defensive side of the football, so look for Houston to address those issues in the coming weeks.

One of the issues that has arisen in the wake of the DeAndre Hopkins move is that DeShaun Watson has become more than a little displeased at losing his best target. There have even been rumors that Watson may seek a way out of Houston.

It is going to be tough to replace what Hopkins delivered in his time in Houston, unless the Texans can somehow go out and take a chance on Antonio Brown. They did already make a move to bring in another receiver, but Randall Cobb is more of a slot receiver than the deep threat that Hopkins has been over the years. It’s definitely a downgrade, so do not be surprised if the Texans either try to land another big name or go with a WR in the first round of the draft. For now, the Texans have been taking this time to lock up some of the players that were about to enter the free agent market, with QB AJ McCarron, CB Vernon Hargreaves, and OT Roderick Johnson, just a few of the players that will be staying in Houston this season. The Texans looked to shore up a rather leaky pass defense by bringing in S Eric Murray from the Cleveland Browns on a 3-year deal.

There still seems to be some uncertainty in Houston, with fans hoping that their team will show their intended direction over the next few weeks.

The Houston Texans Odds to Win the Super Bowl

The bookies do not seem to be totally sold on what the Texans are doing right now, as they have them in at +5000 Odds to win the Super Bowl. Those odds might improve if they can make some bigger moves in the next few weeks.

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