Browns Odds: Myles Garrett Likely to Miss Multiple Games

myles-garrett-brownsThe Cleveland Browns are hoping that Myles Garrett can be a game-changing player. But they’ll have to wait on this because Garrett hurt his ankle and could miss multiple games.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com first reported the injury after Wednesday’s practice. The No. 1 overall pick last spring suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday’s practice and didn’t return.

“He went as long as he could,” said head coach Hue Jackson, who indicated that the high ankle sprain could be serious.

Garrett Won’t Play against Pittsburgh Steelers

myles-garrett-browns-injuryIn another update, Cabot reported that Garrett was wearing a walking boot at the Browns practice facility. And he’ll definitely miss the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“No concern because I know exactly how it happened,” Jackson said. “If you get somebody thrown into your leg, it could happen to any one of our guys. If you guys would have seen it, it could happen to anybody on our football team. It is just unfortunate it happened to a guy who we wish was out there all of the time. That goes with it.”

The coach went on to say that the injury was a “freak accident” that happened when somebody got pushed towards Garrett’s legs.

“Somebody got thrown into the back of his leg by accident,” Jackson explained. “It wasn’t intentional and those things happen. It wasn’t planned. Nobody tried to have it happen. He didn’t try to have it happen. It’s football.

“Those things happen sometimes when you’re out there practicing. It was unfortunate that it happened, and we are going to move on from it.”

No Timetable on Return

The good news for Garrett and the Browns is that there’s no break or fracture. The bad news is that the team still doesn’t have a timetable for his return.

“We’re going to be week to week,” Jackson said. “[Garrett] is disappointed like any player would be.

“He was excited about starting his NFL career and regular season and then this happens. But his spirits are back up today. I think he understands where he is and he knows he is going to get back out there, so he’ll be fine.”

Not the First Ankle Injury for Garrett

myles-garrett-cleveland-injuryLast season at Texas A&M, Garrett suffered another high sprain on his other ankle against the Arkansas Razorbacks. This happened in the fourth week, and he endured the pain throughout the rest of the season.

Of course, this also had a negative effect on his production because he tallied just 8.5 sacks. This was down from 11.5 sacks in his 2015 junior season at A&M.

Garrett also suffered a lateral foot sprain that prevented him from working out for a few weeks during this past summer.

The 21-year-old will now undergo exams on the ankle in the coming weeks. The hope is to get him on the field not long after the Steelers game. But that doesn’t appear likely because he’s expected to miss multiple games.

Thomas Reacts to Garrett’s Injury

Team captain Joe Thomas discussed Garrett’s injury during a team media session.

“He’s doing a good job,” Thomas said. “I had breakfast with him this morning. He’s focused on getting back as soon as he can. (But) it hurts losing a guy that is that much of a game changer.”

Thomas added that it’s tough to play with a high ankle sprain and how it can limit your abilities.

“It’s a very difficult injury and even though you can feel good enough to try to get out there and you can tape it up and brace it up as much as you can, you’re just not the same player you were before the injury because it’s tough. It really limits your ability to just run.”

Joe Haden Discusses how Good Garrett will be

Joe Haden was recently traded from the Browns to the Steelers. But he had only good things to say about his former teammate Garrett after the injury.

myles-garrett-browns“He’s looking like the first overall pick,” Haden said via conference call. “I was super excited when we got him. I feel like that’s the pick that is a stamp.

“We didn’t miss on that one. I could tell that from the very beginning. He just has stuff that you can’t teach – his motor, his professionalism and his attitude.”

Haden added, “He definitely is a pro already. He is mature beyond his age. He just loves the game and loves getting after it. My bold prediction, I really feel like Myles can make the Pro Bowl his rookie year.”

Who will Replace Garrett Against the Steelers?

Garrett won a starting defensive end role early on. He was set to start opposite Emmanuel Ogbah. Now that Garrett’s injured, the other defensive end role will go to either Carl Nassib or Nate Orchard.

Orchard had a promising rookie season after being a Browns’ second-round draft pick in 2015. But he missed 13 games last year with an ankle injury.

Nassib, a third-rounder for Cleveland last year, had 2.5 sacks in 2016. Neither Nassib nor Orchard appear ready to replace the presence of Garrett.

Browns Odds with Garrett Out

Here are the Browns odds in the Steelers game, according to our GTBets.eu sportsbook:

  • Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland, Sept 10 @ 1:00pm EST
  • Pittsburgh -8.5 (-110)
  • Cleveland +8.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under 47 (-110)

Cleveland’s odds haven’t changed following the announcement that Garrett will be out. So you might get some value by betting on the Browns at home.

But then again, Cleveland doesn’t quite have the talent of Pittsburgh and will be hard-pressed to stay in this contest.

Chiefs Odds: Kareem Hunt Starting, but Running Back Situation Unclear

kareem-hunt-chiefsThe Kansas City Chiefs kick off the 2017 NFL season on Thursday night. They’ll meet the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at Foxsborough.

Coming off an AFC West division title, the Chiefs figure to be pretty good this season. But the biggest question mark is how they’ll handle their running back situation.

We’ll discuss their running backs soon and how it’ll affect their line against New England. But let’s first look at the odds on Thursday night’s (Sept 7) game.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots Odds (from GTBets.eu)

  • Kansas City spread 8.5 (-109)
  • Kansas City moneyline +320
  • New England spread -8.5 (-111)
  • New England moneyline -420
  • Over 48 (-118)
  • Under 48 (-102)

Kareem Hunt Starting – But then what?

Spencer Ware was set to start in Kansas City’s backfield after strong year in 2016. However, he hurt his PCL and will now be sidelined for the season.

charcandrick-west-chiefsHead coach Andy Reid quickly named Kareem Hunt the starting running back. The third-round pick out of Toledo had an excellent preseason, and he beat out Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller for the role.

This seemed to settle who’d be playing one of the most-important positions on any Andy Reid team. But ESPN’s Adam Teicher reports that the situation may not be so cut and dried. Here’s what Teicher writes:

“Rookie Kareem Hunt will start but otherwise one of the unknowns surrounding the Chiefs heading into Thursday night’s game against the Patriots is how they will divide the playing time at running back. The Chiefs are again at three backs after re-signing C.J. Spiller. But Spiller has never played for the Chiefs and Hunt has never played in the NFL at all.

“The known quantity among their backs is Charcandrick West, who led the Chiefs in rushing in 2015. Offensive coordinator Matt Nagy indicated all three backs would play. “These guys are all prepared. They’re all prepared to play. They all know they’re a big part of this game plan. That’s the exciting part. We have a team of guys that we’re not just loaded with one guy at one position. We have a group of guys that can all play well and we trust them at all positions.”

What to expect from Chiefs Running Back Distribution

Last season, Ware carried the ball 214 times for 921 yards and 3 touchdowns. West was a distant second with 88 carries for 293 yards and 1 touchdown.

The feature back always gets lots of carries in an Andy Reid offense. That said, we expect to see a lot of Hunt in the early going.

The only question is if he’ll be able to keep up with blocking assignments. If not, we’ll likely see more of a 50/50 distribution between Hunt and a combination of West & Spiller.

Take Patriots on the Point Spread

As mentioned above, running back is very important in Reid’s offense. And the team can’t be happy going into the opener with so much uncertainty. Moreover, they’ll be starting a rookie against one of the league’s best all-around defenses.

To top it off, Kansas City will be on the road against what’s quite possibly the NFL’s best team. This is a big reason why – as a playoff team last year – they currently have a -8.5 line.

Given the running back mess and who the Chiefs are playing, we suggest taking New England at +8.5. Maybe Kansas City’s RB situation will clear up after this week, maybe it won’t.

Long story short, we don’t see them performing too well against the Patriots at Foxborough.

2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds – Here’s who You should Bet on

leonard-fournette-rookie-of-yearLast season, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott came out of nowhere to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The fourth-round draft pick threw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns, and ran for another 282 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Will another surprise rookie win the Offensive ROTY award in 2017. Let’s look at the GTBets odds on this bet below and discuss the chances on some of these rookies. And as you’ll see, the ROTY crowd is heavy at running back.

  • Adam Shaheen +7500
  • Cardale Jones +7500
  • Christian McCaffrey +450
  • Corey Davis +2200
  • Curtis Samuel +3000
  • Dalvin Cook +500
  • David Njoku +3000
  • Deshaun Watson +650
  • Deshone Kizer +1200
  • Donta Foreman +5000
  • Evan Ingram +2500
  • Jamaal Williams +2000
  • Joe Mixon +1400
  • John Ross +5000
  • Juju Schuster Smith +5000
  • Kareem Hunt +700
  • Leonard Fournette +550
  • Mitch Trubisky +1200
  • OJ Howard +1800
  • Patrick Mahomes +3000
  • Samaje Perine +2500
  • Zay Jones +1400

ROTY Rankings – Based on Bet Value & Odds to Win

1. Leonard Fournette RB, Jacksonville Jaguars +550

leonard-fournette-rookie-of-year-1The separation isn’t great among notable Offensive ROTY candidates. So it’s hard finding much value at the top. But if you’re looking for the player with the best chance to win, we give a slight edge to Leonard Fournette.

The LSU product has great size (6’0, 235 pounds) and decent speed (4.51 forty). The fourth overall pick also doesn’t have a lot of competition for carries, with an aging Chris Ivory and disappointing T.J. Yeldon behind him.

Our biggest question mark, though, is how well Fournette can succeed in the Jacksonville backfield. After all, this team hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Maurice Jones-Drew did it in 2011.

2. Dalvin Cook RB, Minnesota Vikings +500

dalvin-cook-vikingsWhen the Vikings signed Latavius Murray in the offseason, it was assumed that he’d be the starter. But an ankle injury has slowed him and opened the way for rookie Dalvin Cook to shine.

The Florida State product seized the opportunity and will start in the backfield for Minnesota. And the great thing about Cook is that he’s shown the ability to be a 3-down back.

Two potential hangups include Murray vulturing touchdowns and the Minnesota offensive line. Murray will still have a role, and that role will be stealing red zone touches from Cook. The O-line hasn’t improved much from last year, when not even Adrian Peterson could find any running room.

3. Kareem Hunt RB, Kansas City Chiefs + 700

kareem-hunt-chiefsThe onslaught of running backs in the Rookie Offensive of the Year race continues with Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt. The Toledo runner was slated to be a backup for Spencer Ware. But the latter hurt his PCL, had surgery, and is likely done for the year.

Andy Reid didn’t waste any time naming Hunt the starter. The Chiefs use their running backs plenty, which means that Hunt will be in for lots of carries. But recent news suggests that he’ll be in a full-blown committee with C.J. Spiller and Charcandrick West.

4. Christian McCaffrey RB, Carolina Panthers +450

McCaffrey leaped up the NFL Draft charts after showcasing a wide range of skills in the combine. We look for him to be a nice rushing and receiving threat

The main problems with McCaffrey, though, is that he’s not built to carry a heavy load (5’11”, 202 pounds), and he’ll be sharing touches with Jonathan Stewart. But then again, Stewart is now 30 and has missed three or more games in five straight seasons.

5. DeShone Kizer QB, Cleveland Browns +650

deshone-kizer-cleveland-browns-week-1Notre Dame rookie DeShone Kizer rose to the top of the Cleveland Browns’ depth chart during the preseason. And now he’ll attempt to end nearly two decades of embarrassing quarterback play for Cleveland.

We don’t see him flourishing on a team that’s been a wasteland for young QBs. But Kizer is also the only rookie QB who’ll be starting on opening day. This gives him an inside track to get the numbers to compete for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

6. Joe Mixon RB, Cincinnati Bengals +1400

joe-mixon-bengalsJeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard are still ahead of Joe Mixon on the depth chart. But it’s really between Hill and Mixon for the bulk of the early-down work.

Mixon, a second-round pick out of Oklahoma, is an explosive player who figures to get carries at some point in the year. Don’t be surprised if he turns these touches into a starting job.

7. Deshaun Watson QB, Houston Texans +650

deshaun-watson-texansThe Houston Texans sent two first-rounders to the Cleveland Browns for the right to draft Deshaun Watson No. 12 overall. So obviously the Texans are high on the Clemson QB.

Watson started the preseason strong, but finished with a 14-for-31 passing performance and 1 interception. Tom Savage will be Houston’s starting QB, which somewhat hampers Watson’s Offensive ROTY chances.

8.  Zay Jones WR, Buffalo Bills +1400

zay-jones-billsThe Bills don’t figure to throw a lot this season. But second-rounder Zay Jones is still stepping into a good situation in Buffalo.

Veterans Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods are gone, while Jordan Matthews (trade) and Jones will try and fill the void.

Matthews isn’t a dynamic No. 1 receiving threat, which means that Jones will get plenty of targets too.

9. Corey Davis WR, Tennessee Titans +2200

corey-davis-titansCorey Davis came into this season with a lot of buzz after dominating at Western Michigan. He ranked in the top 10 nationally with 97 catches (eighth), 1,500 yards (ninth), and 19 touchdowns (T-first).

However, Davis suffered an ankle injury that’s sidelined him for most of the offseason. Tennessee didn’t care, though, taking the All American with the fifth overall pick.

But Davis will take a few weeks to get up to NFL speed because he missed the entire preseason. And he’s already set to begin the season as a situational player.

10. Mitch Trubisky QB, Chicago Bears +1200

mitch-trubisky-2018-chicagoThe Bears gave up plenty to draft Trubisky second overall, so this means he’s likely to start at some point. It also helps matters that he outplayed Chicago starter Mike Glennon in the preseason.

Trubisky completed 70.4% of his passes and had 3 touchdowns against zero interceptions. Glennon, meanwhile, completed 59.10% of his passes and had 2 touchdowns against 2 picks.

Of course, Trubisky’s numbers came against second-stringers. And it won’t be any picnic being a starting Chicago QB this year because the wide receiver corp is depleted. Cameron Meredith is out for the year with a knee injury, meaning the team has no major receiving threats.

1st NFL Coach to be Fired Odds – Who should You Bet on?

todd-bowles-jets-firedNo team likes firing their coach midseason. But it happens every year when teams begin struggling and realize that they’re going nowhere.

One of the most popular NFL prop bets revolves around who’ll be the first coach to get the axe.

That said, let’s look at odds on the first NFL coach to be fired. We’ll also discuss which of these bets are offering you the most value.

Odds on 1st NFL Coach to be Fired (from GTBets.eu)

Adam Gase +1100
Ben McAdoo +2000
Bill OBrien +1800
Chuck Pagano +650
Field (any other) +400
Hue Jackson +1800
Jay Gruden +2000
Jim Caldwell +600
John Fox +1400
Marvin Lewis +1400
Mike Mularkey +2000
Mike Zimmer +2500
Sean Peyton +1800
Todd Bowles +375

1. Todd Bowles, New York Jets +375
Bet Value = Very High

Two years ago, Todd Bowles led the Jets to a surprise 10-6 finish. Last year, things fell apart among locker room issues and inconsistent quarterback play.

Coming off a 5-11 record in his second season, Bowles needs a good year in 2017 to keep his job. However, the Jets haven’t set the 53-year-old coach up to succeed.

From cutting veteran players in the summer to trading defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, it’s clear that New York is tanking. The likely target is USC quarterback Sam Darnold because the Jets have desperately needed a QB for years.

But Bowles won’t be around to coach Darnold (or whoever) because his roster lacks serious veteran talent. He’s a strong bet to be the first coach fired in 2017.

2. Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions +600
Bet Value = Medium

jim-caldwell-lions-firedCaldwell is entering his fourth year as head coach of the Lions. And he has a solid 27-21 record in his Detroit tenure. But Caldwell isn’t completely safe.

He’s 0-2 in playoff games with the Lions. Plus the team played poorly down the stretch of the 2016 season, before getting thumped 26-6 in a Wild Card game against Seattle.

Caldwell has a chance to do well enough to keep his job for another season. However, he’s certainly not invincible.

3. Adam Gase, Miami Dolphins +1100
Bet Value = Very Low

Adam Gase is probably the least likely coach to be fired on this list. He guided Miami to a surprise 10-6 record and playoff appearance in 2016.

The Dolphins couldn’t hang with the Steelers in the playoffs, but they at least brought a resurgence to Miami football.

The only problem for Gase is that he’s stuck in a division with the New England Patriots. Furthermore, he had to replace injured starter Ryan Tannehill with the aging veteran Jay Cutler. But this doesn’t rule out the possibility that they get another Wild Card berth.

4. Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts +650
Bet Value = High

chuck-pagano-firedFormer Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano didn’t get along. So Grigson had to go in the offseason.

Perhaps Pagano’s record saved him because he’s 49-31 with an AFC Championship game appearance in Indianapolis. But he’s still on a hot seat with the Colts failing to make the playoffs for two straight seasons.

What’s worse is that Andrew Luck could miss multiple games to start the year. If Indy begins the year poorly, don’t expect Pagano to be around long.

5. Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals +1400
Bet Value = High

marvin-lewisMarvin Lewis has been in Cincinnati for 14 seasons, which is quite impressive. And he’s made the playoffs in 7 out of these 14 years. But the huge problem for Lewis is that he’s failed to win a single playoff game.

It certainly doesn’t help matters that the Bengals are coming off a 6-9-1 season. This could be Lewis’ last year with Cincy if he doesn’t at least make the playoffs.

6. Jon Fox, Denver Broncos +1400
Bet Value = Medium

John Fox had a strong tenure in Denver, going 46-18 with four playoff appearances. But he’s yet to recapture the same success in Chicago, going 9-23 in two seasons.

Fox won’t be helped by the fact that he’ll coach a young roster with no clear stars. The Bears are essentially starting over after taking Mitch Trubisky second overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. They won’t hesitate to start over at the coaching position if they need to.

7. Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans +1800
Bet Value = Low

bill-obrien-texansBill O’Brien has coached the Houston Texans to three straight 9-7 seasons, including two playoff appearances. O’Brien guided Houston to the Divisional Round last season, where they lost to the Patriots 34-16.

One thing that’s hurt O’Brien’s teams is not having a quality starting quarterback. The hope is that Deshaun Watson can eventually be this player for the Texans. But as for now, they’re rolling into the season with Tom Savage.

The good news for O’Brien, though, is that the Texans still play in a relatively weak AFC South. The Tennessee Titans will likely be good, but so too will Houston. Long story short, O’Brien’s job isn’t in much danger.

8. Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns +1800
Bet Value = Medium

deshone-kizer-hue-jacksonHue Jackson’s record was as bad as it gets, going 1-15 in his first season with the Cleveland Browns.

Improvement is expected from this team in 2017. But if it doesn’t happen, then Jackson is in danger of being canned.

Our guess is that Jackson wins at least 5 games, which is enough to show that this squad is headed in the right direction. But keep an eye on the Browns’ coaching situation.

9. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints +1800
Bet Value = Low

sean-payton-saintsMany still have good feelings over Sean Payton leading the Saints to a championship in 2009. But these feelings are starting to subside because the team has gone 7-9 for three straight years.

Payton still has future Hall of Famer Drew Brees at quarterback, which always gives New Orleans a chance to win. But the defense hasn’t been good in years.

As long as New Orleans has another mediocre season, then Payton should be alright. The only thing we could see costing him his job is if Brees finally breaks down and the Saints become terrible.

Colts Odds: What to Make of Andrew Luck Situation

andrew-luck-injury-return-2017Three seasons ago, the Indianapolis Colts entered contender status after making the AFC Championship. Now, they go into the 2017/18 season with lots of uncertainty coming off an 8-8 season.

Beyond the mediocre performance, Indianapolis’ biggest issue is the health of Andrew Luck. He had offseason shoulder surgery and still doesn’t look ready less than two weeks out from the first game.

When will Luck be healthy? What can we expect from these Colts when/if the 3-time Pro Bowler is available? Let’s discuss the mater below and look at the Colts’ odds right now.

2017/18 Indianapolis Colts Odds via GTBets

  • Colts odds to win 2018 Super Bowl: +5000
  • Colts odds to win AFC Championship: +2500
  • Colts odds to win AFC South: +430

What Coach Chuck Pagano says about Luck

According to Indianapolis Star reporter Gregg Doyel, head coach Chuck Pagano isn’t offering much on the health status of his quarterback.

chuck-pagano-colts“I’m never there to see, so I couldn’t tell you,” Pagano said when asked how Luck is throwing the ball.

“No,” said the coach when pressed about if he’s seen Luck throw. “Most of the time he’s in the training room, we’re in meetings, doing such. I kind of stay in my lane.”

Doyel believes that Pagano has seen Luck throw lately. After all, it doesn’t make sense for a head coach to not account for how his star quarterback is progressing.

Owner Jim Irsay says Luck Likely Out in Week 1

Indianapolis opens their season on September 10 against the Los Angeles Rams. This is less than 10 days away, and Luck hasn’t had a chance to get any serious practice time in.

This is a strong indication that he’s probably not playing. Team owner Jim Irsay confirmed the speculation by saying that he too doesn’t expect Luck to suit up.

“I would say, again, the odds are most likely he probably won’t open up against the Rams,” Irsay said. “But let me be clear about it — in our minds, it’s something that we haven’t ruled out.

“We’re going to see where he’s at. It would be awesome [if he plays in Week 1]. We’re not talking Willis Reed or something like that. [Luck] is a young guy, 12 to 14 to 16, maybe 18 years [career], I don’t know, going forward [with the Colts]. The longer the better, in my opinion.”

Will Luck be on PUP List to Start Season?

andrew-luck-playoffsThe Colts have until this Saturday (Sept. 2) to decide whether they’ll keep Luck on the active roster or put him on the physically unable to perform list.

Keeping Luck on the active roster means that we’ll probably see him at some point within the first few games. Moving him to the PUP list means that the 27-year-old will have to miss the first six games of the regular season.

Chances are that he’ll be on the 53-man opening day roster. But neither Irsay nor Pagano have offered any assurances that he’ll indeed play in the near future.

Unfortunately, Luck’s shoulder labrum injury, which occurred in the 2015 season, may take a toll on the quarterback’s psyche. Irsay said as much when discussing what goes into deciding when he can play again.

“It’s a great question, because it’s been said before by one of the greatest athletes and competitors who’ve played any sport,” said Irsay.

“The quote was this: ‘These games, all games, are played on a four-inch field between your ears. That’s where it’s at. You have to be able to deal with this, not only physically, but mentally.

“I have no doubt that Andrew Luck, the person we know that he is, he’s going to come through this thing – and he and I have had long talks about it – not just as good as he was, but a better quarterback. When is the question. That timetable is gonna be more on, really, the football Gods and Andrew’s gut feeling on how he’s feeling.”

Scott Tolzein or Stephen Morris are Next Up

scott-tolzien-coltsLuck’s timetable for recovery from the shoulder surgery is 6 to 9 months. Right now, it’s looking like he’ll be on the latter end of this.

In the mean time, Indianapolis needs somebody who can play immediately. And this means that backups Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris are battling for the starting job.

Odds are that Tolzien will be under center against the Rams and possibly beyond Week 1. Tolzien has been solid in the preseason, completing 19-of-29 passes for 217 yards, no TDs, and one interception. Obviously these aren’t inspiring numbers, but they’ll have to do with Luck out.

Morris still has a chance to start. He’s yet to take a regular season snap in three seasons, but has put up decent preseason numbers. Morris completed 36-of-51 passes for 348 yards and 1 touchdown thus far. This has come against second and third-stringers, but the completion rate is still impressive.

When will Luck be Back?

The hope is that Tolzien or Morris are merely a temporary solution until the Colts can get Luck back. But when will this be?

Unfortunately, that’s not an easy question to answer. First off, we’re talking about an injury that occurred 3 games into the 2015 season and wasn’t surgically repaired until 15 months later.

Lucky probably should’ve taken care of the shoulder surgery when he suffered a lacerated kidney midway through the 2015 campaign. But he didn’t and went into 2016 with so much pain that he couldn’t even practice some days. He also needed pain injections to suit up for many games.

The Colts could’ve definitely handled this situation better. Maybe they were trying to reclaim the glory of the 2014/15 season, when they made the AFC Championship.

But now, three years later, they’re preparing to start Scott Tolzien at QB with an uncertain timetable on Luck’s return.

Odds on 2017/18 NFL MVP – Who should You Bet on?

jj-watt-mvpOne of the most-exciting NFL futures bets is who will win the MVP. And the reason why this is such a fun wager is because you never know who’s going to win.

Last season, Matt Ryan was a surprise winner after completing 69.9% of his passes, throwing for 4,944 yards, tossing 38 TDs, and boasting a 117.1 passer rating.

Will we have a surprise MVP in the 2017/18 NFL season? We’ll discuss this matter below by looking at some of the hottest betting picks. But let’s first check out the 2017 MVP odds courtesy of GTBets:

  • Aaron Rodgers +550
  • Adrian Peterson +10000
  • Andrew Luck +3000
  • Antonio Brown +4000
  • Ben Roethlisberger +1800
  • Cam Newton +2500
  • Carson Palmer +7500
  • Dak Prescott +2000
  • David Johnson +2500
  • Derek Carr +1000
  • Drew Brees +2500
  • Eli Manning +5000
  • Ezekiel Elliott +4000
  • JJ Watt +10000
  • Jameis Winston +1600
  • Julio Jones +5000
  • Kirk Cousins +6000
  • Le’Veon Bell +2500
  • Marcus Mariota +2800
  • Matt Ryan +1400
  • Matt Stafford +4500
  • Philip Rivers +4500
  • Rob Gronkowski +10000
  • Russell Wilson +1000
  • Sam Bradford +10000
  • Tom Brady +400

7 Players Offering Value with 2017 NFL MVP Odds

1. Matt Ryan +1400

matt-ryan-falconsAs mentioned earlier, Matt Ryan had an outstanding season after throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and finishing with 38 touchdowns against 7 interceptions.

So what’s changed this year? Not much at all. This is why it’s strange to see both Tom Brady (+400) and Aaron Rodgers (+550) with better MVP odds than Ryan. The latter has the best target in the game in Julio Jones, and two running backs with good hands in Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman.

Colin Cowherd may say that Ryan isn’t an elite quarterback. But how can he be anything but with the great supporting cast around him?

2. JJ Watt +10000

There are two reasons why Watt’s MVP odds are so poor: 1) he’s coming off an injury plagued season; 2) he’s a defensive player.

A defensive player hasn’t won MVP in over 30 years. But Watt has a chance when healthy, as he’s proven by being one of the most-dominant defensive lineman of all time. Watt is a great value bet at +10000 odds.

3. Julio Jones +5000

julio-jones-2016Jerry Rice is the only wide receiver to win MVP honors. So Jones has a large hill to climb in this regard. But it’s hard to overlook his chances after two straight big seasons.

In 2015, he caught 136 balls (T-2nd most ever) and tallied 1,871 receiving yards (2nd most ever). He had another big year in 2016, catching 83 passes for 1,409 yards. If the 28-year-old can repeat 2015’s performance, he has a chance to become the second-ever receiver to win MVP. At +5000 odds, we like this pick.

4. Kirk Cousins +6000

Kirk Cousins will be auditioning for a big, long-term contract for the next two seasons. This means that we can likely expect another strong season following Cousins’ 2016 campaign, where he threw for 4,917 yards, had 25 touchdowns, and completed 67% of his passes. The big thing that would help Cousins’ case is if Washington can make the playoffs.

5. David Johnson +2500

david-johnson-cardinalsDavid Johnson was the league’s best dual-threat running back last season. He rushed for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns. Johnson added another 879 receiving yards and 4 TDs on 80 catches.

The only thing missing from Johnson’s campaign is a winning team that draws media attention. The Cardinals were a disappointing 7-8-1 last season. But they have a chance to turn things around this year and position Johnson as a serious MVP candidate.

6. Le’Veon Bell +2500

leveon-bellThe good news for Pittsburgh fans is that Bell will be reporting to the team after a contract holdout. This also ensures that he has some chance at MVP.

Of course, he has teammates Ben Roethlisberger (+1800) and Antonio Brown (+4000) to compete with if the Steelers have a great season. But we like Bell among this trio coming off a stellar year, where he rushed for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns on just 261 carries (12 games).

7. Matthew Stafford +4500

matt-staffordNot everybody is a fan of Matt Stafford’s new deal. But he justified his contract with a solid campaign where he completed 65.3% of his passes for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He’s now thrown for over 4,000 yards in six straight seasons. If he can get in the upper 4000s and adds some TDs, Stafford is a legitimate MVP candidate.

7 Players with No Chance to Win 2017/18 NFL MVP

1. Andrew Luck +3000 – We’re not even sure when Luck will take the field again after shoulder surgery. This could end up being a lost season for the Colts’ signal caller, and it makes him the worst value pick.

2. Ezekiel Elliott +4000 – Maybe Elliott wins his case against the NFL in a federal courtroom. But for now, he’s set to miss the first 6 games of the season.

3. Marcus Mariota +2800 – Mariota showed a lot of improvement in his second season, with 3,426 passing yards, 349 rushing yards, 26 TD passes, and 9 interceptions. But he’ll need an even bigger leap to put up MVP numbers.

4. Philip Rivers +4500 – Rivers has the type of stats to be considered an MVP candidate. But the Chargers haven’t won more than 9 games in the past seven seasons.

5. Russell Wilson +1000 – We like Wilson’s talent, and we like his team. But Wilson just doesn’t put up the numbers to win an MVP award. He’s an especially bad bet at +1000.

6. Rob Gronkowski +10000 – No tight end has ever won the MVP award. We don’t think that even Gronk will change this.

7. Sam Bradford +10000 – He’s a decent starting quarterback, but c’mon…