May 24, 2020; Hobe Sound, FL, USA; NFL player Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after holing out from the fairway on the seventh during The Match: Champions for Charity golf round at the Medalist Golf Club.  Mandatory Credit: Handout Photo by Getty Images for The Match via USA TODAY Sports

Handicapping the field of quarterbacks at ‘The Match VI’

There will be no shortage of wagering possibilities when four top NFL quarterbacks take to the golf course in “The Match VI” on Wednesday from Las Vegas.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will team up with Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers to form one team. They will match up against Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

If experience matters, the Brady-Rodgers pairing seems to be the one to beat, and not because they have 39 seasons of combined NFL experience. The two also took part in “The Match IV” last July. Brady also played in a 2020 edition, making this his third time out.

That experience could go a long way in explaining how Brady/Rodgers are -175 favorites according to SportsBetting.ag, while Allen/Mahomes are +155. Brady/Rodgers are also -140 favorites to record the first birdie, over Allen/Mahomes (+100).

There are plenty of challenges ahead on the Wynn Golf Club just off the Las Vegas Strip, with an over/under of 3.5 balls to be hit into water hazards. A hole-in-one from any player carries +10000 odds.

At +5000 odds, down from +10000, is whether or not Brady has a wardrobe malfunction after he split his pants in the 2020 version of the event.

The event will be played over 12 holes in a “shamble” format, meaning that all four players play their second shot from the best tee shot. They play out their own ball the rest of the way from there. Odds are that Rodgers will see a fair share of his drives being used. Rodgers is +110 to hit the longest drive of the day, followed by Brady (+200), Mahomes (+400) and Allen (+700).

And since golf is not the day job of any of the four participating, there figure to be plenty of long putts. Who has the best odds of making a 30-footer with their putter? Rodgers again is the favorite at +275, followed by Brady (+300), Mahomes (+350) and Allen (+425).

But being the odds-on best player doesn’t necessarily guarantee a cool, calm and collected round. Rodgers also is the +150 favorite to be the first participant to use a “curse word,” while Brady is +200, Allen is +300 and Mahomes is +400.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) warms up prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars exercise 5th-year option on DE/OLB Josh Allen

The Jacksonville Jaguars picked up the fifth-year option on pass rusher Josh Allen on Thursday.

The 24-year-old defensive end/outside linebacker will earn a guaranteed $11.5 million in 2023.

Allen recorded a career-high 71 tackles to go with 7.5 sacks in 16 games (15 starts) last season.

Drafted No. 7 overall in 2019, he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and has 128 tackles, 20.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception in 40 career games (26 starts).

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen throws over Chiefs Chris Jones.

Chiefs fans donate more than $175K to Buffalo children’s hospital

Kansas City Chiefs fans have donated more than $175,000 to a fund that honors the memory of the grandmother of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo reported Wednesday morning that the Patricia Allen Fund, which benefits the hospital, had taken in $178,000 from more than 9,800 contributors since the first donations were received a day earlier.

The Chiefs beat the Bills in an epic AFC divisional playoff game on Sunday, 42-36 in overtime. The Bills took the lead with 13 seconds left, enough for Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes to get his team into range for a game-tying field goal to send the game to overtime.

The fundraising drive gained momentum when fan Brett Fitzpatrick, who runs the Twitter handle Chiefs Kingdom Memes, suggested on social media donating $13 — for 13 seconds — to Allen’s foundation.

Allen threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns.

“Out of HUGE respect for Josh Allen, I’m donating $13 to his foundation which supports the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo,” Fitzpatrick wrote. “Hope some of y’all join this too.”

Hospital officials appreciated the outpouring of support.

“It’s certainly bittersweet with the game,” Andrew Bennett, the vice president of the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, told The Buffalo News. “But the generosity of fans toward Josh is just absolutely remarkable. We’re incredibly grateful for this impactful support. It’s a great sign of sportsmanship and integrity, watching how fans have reacted to this. It’s another huge win for the kids that we’re helping out, day in and day out here in Western New York.”

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after he intercepted an errant pass from Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during late third quarter action. The Jaguars were tied with the Bills 6 to 6 at the end of the first half and went on to win the game with a final score of 9 to 6. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Buffalo Bills at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL, Sunday, November 7, 2021. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jags activate Josh Allen, Myles Jack, others from COVID list

The Jacksonville Jaguars activated linebackers Josh Allen and Myles Jack, wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. and four others from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Tight end Luke Farrell, defensive end/linebacker Jordan Smith and Damien Wilson also cleared the NFL’s health and safety protocol, as did rookie running back Travis Etienne. Etienne has been on injured reserve since suffering a season-ending Lisfranc injury to his left foot in the preseason.

The Jaguars (2-13) visit the New England Patriots (9-6) on Sunday.

Wilson leads the team with 99 tackles and Jack ranks second with 97. Allen has a team-high 5.5 sacks. Shenault is second on the squad in receptions (56) and receiving yards (544).

Jacksonville also signed veteran offensive lineman D.J. Fluker to the practice squad.

Fluker, 30, was a first-round pick in 2013 and has played in 108 games (96 starts) with the San Diego Chargers (2013-16), New York Giants (2017), Seattle Seahawks (2018-19) and Baltimore Ravens (2020).

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Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (73) gets ready to block for quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen to start; LT Dion Dawkins tests positive

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s sprained left foot won’t keep him from starting Sunday’s game against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

However, Allen might be without starting left tackle Dion Dawkins, who has tested positive for COVID-19 again.

Bills coach Sean McDermott announced both developments during his weekly radio show Friday on WGR 550.

Allen was in a walking boot after being sacked three times in last Sunday’s 33-27 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday but was expected to be a full participant Friday, McDermott said.

Allen, 25, has passed for 3,524 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 starts this season. He has rushed for another 531 yards and four scores.

Dawkins, 27, endured a lengthy bout with the coronavirus during training camp. He has started all 13 games this season and has yet to miss a game since Buffalo selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Dawkins’ streak of 77 consecutive games played (72 starts) is in jeopardy as the Bills (7-6) host the Panthers (5-8), but he has not been ruled out.

Under the revised protocols implemented by the NFL on Thursday, fully vaccinated players or staff can “test out” of the protocols under one of three complex testing scenarios and with the provision they are asymptomatic for at least 24 hours.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) avoids a tackle from Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) in the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen to undergo tests on injured foot

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen is scheduled to undergo tests on his left foot on Monday after wearing a walking boot following the Bills 33-27 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

NFL Network reported Monday it’s a mild case of turf toe.

“(I) finished the game on it, so I don’t think it’s going to be a big deal,” Allen said, adding that “it’s pretty sore. It’s football.”

Allen, 25, was noticeably limping after a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“Our medical staff checked with him,” coach Sean McDermott said Sunday. “There was talk about how he was, what could he do still. He’s a warrior and he played his butt off.”

In addition to throwing for 308 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, Allen rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs.

“There’s no way I was going out,” Allen said.

The loss dropped the Bills to 7-6. They remain in second place in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass the ball against New Orleans Saints during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Idle Tom Brady pulls even with Josh Allen in MVP race

Tom Brady came out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 9 bye as the co-MVP favorite after his closest competitors endured a damaging week.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was the +250 favorite last week, but he turned the ball over three times while leading the offense to only six points in a stunning loss at Jacksonville. His odds lengthened to +350 at BetMGM and DraftKings, as Allen and Brady are now the co-favorites at both sportsbooks.

Brady is also leading the way with 22 percent of the money at DraftKings backing him to win his fourth MVP award.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray is +500 at BetMGM and +750 at DraftKings after sitting out the Cardinals’ rout of the San Francisco 49ers due to an ankle injury. Matthew Stafford (+750, +800) saw his odds lengthen following the Rams’ lopsided home loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Dak Prescott’s odds also took a hit — from +700 to +900 at BetMGM and from +650 to +1200 at DraftKings — after the Dallas Cowboys had to rally late to avoid a shutout during a loss to the Denver Broncos.

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t even on the field for the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19. Combined with the fallout from his explanation for not being vaccinated, and Rodgers’ MVP odds also slipped to +900 and +1200, respectively.

However, Rodgers, the reigning MVP, continues to be the most-backed candidate at DraftKings with 17 percent of the bets since the market opened. He’s also responsible for 10 percent of the money wagered at the book.

Another quarterback on the rise this week also hasn’t taken a snap in weeks. The news that Russell Wilson has been medically cleared to return for the Seattle Seahawks’ Week 10 game at Green Bay resulted in his MVP odds shortening from +25000 to +10000 at DraftKings.

Cincinnati wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase remains the -140 favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, with New England quarterback Mac Jones (+350) his closest competitor.

Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons is coming off a 2.5-sack performance against Denver. He also has 21 tackles, including 7.0 for losses, in his past two games, resulting in his Defensive Rookie of the Year odds shortening from +600 to -120.

Parson has overtaken Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II, who moved from +500 last week to +1000 along with Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jayson Oweh.

–Field Level Media

Jul 29, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) participates in training camp at Dream Finders Homes practice field Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars LB Josh Allen placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed linebacker Josh Allen on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Allen, 24, recorded 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks in eight games (seven starts) in 2020 before his season came to an end due to a knee injury.

Allen was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Kentucky.

He had 10.5 sacks, 23 quarterback hits and 44 tackles in 16 games (four starts) and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

–Field Level Media