Apr 28, 2021; Canton, Ohio, USA; A Super Bowl Vince Lombardi trophy on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals-Raiders Super Bowl? Odds leap after 2-0 starts

Two weeks, two wins … to the Super Bowl?

Perfect starts to the 2021 season have triggered a serious boost to the Super Bowl and division title odds for three teams that were hardly considered championship contenders entering September.

The Las Vegas Raiders and Arizona Cardinals sliced their Super Bowl odds nearly in half since the opening kickoff in Week 1 and the Carolina Panthers are on the climb as well.

“While it’s only Week 2, an NFL season is by nature a small sample size — even with the added game — so you’re going to see some significant adjustments if a team is showing early signs of outperforming market expectations. The Cardinals, Panthers and Raiders all fall into that category,” BetRivers sportsbook manager Zach Schlouch told Field Level Media.

The Raiders enter Week 3 at +5000 to win the Super Bowl at BetRivers. They opened at +7500. Odds to win the rough and tumble AFC West dropped from +2000 to +1100 following wins over the Ravens and Steelers.

PointsBet nudged Vegas from the opening line of +6000 to win the Super Bowl to +4000.

But the Cardinals are now +2200 at PointsBet, even with the Seahawks and ahead of the Cowboys and Titans (tied at +2500). WynnBet also adjusted Arizona’s projected win total from eight to 10. The Panthers remain available at an over-under of eight wins.

WynnBet pushed the Panthers from an opening line of +1100 to win the NFC South to +650, and barely inched Carolina forward from +8000 Super Bowl odds to +7500. The Panthers beat the Saints 26-7 in Week 2 and handled the Jets, 19-14, in the opener.

At Wynnbet the Raiders are now +1000 to win the AFC West from an opening price of +2500.

The FanDuel Super Bowl market reveals the most dramatic shift for the Panthers at +5500 to win the Super Bowl. At opening kickoff in Week 1, the odds for the same bet were +9000.

The Raiders, who started at +7500 are now +5000 and Arizona spiked from +4800 to the current odds of +3400.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first half  at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Packers heavily backed as double-digit favorites vs. Lions

Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers fully expects the Green Bay Packers to rebound from an ugly Week 1 loss to New Orleans.

“I’m not going to make it bigger than it was. I’ll let you guys (in the media) and the outside world do that,” he said. “We’ve won a lot of games around here. We’ve lost a few, but you move on. Doesn’t matter if you play incredible and put up 50 or get blown out. You move on to the next opponent. … If we’re starting to freak out after one week, we’re in big trouble.”

The next opponent is the Detroit Lions, who visit Lambeau Field coming off their own Week 1 loss.

The public is clearly siding with Rodgers, as the Packers are being backed by 72 percent of the money and 58 percent of the spread-line bets as 11.5-point favorites at PointsBet. Green Bay opened as 10.5-point favorites.

The action has been more split at DraftKings, where the Packers are 12-point favorites. While Green Bay is backed by 55 percent of the money at the sportsbook, Detroit has been supported by 53 percent of the bets.

However, the Packers’ -650 moneyline at DraftKings has been backed by 75 percent of the bets.

Rodgers, the same player who threw 48 regular-season touchdowns and five more in the playoffs, was held to 133 passing yards and got picked off twice in the 38-3 loss to New Orleans last week.

The offensive line and running backs didn’t help matters as the Packers were limited to 43 yards on 15 carries. The defense gave up five Jameis Winston touchdown passes.

A matchup with the Lions usually makes any troubles for Rodgers and the Packers go away. He’s led them to nine wins in 11 home games against the Lions with 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions. The Packers have also won their last eight home openers.

The Lions were down 24 to San Francisco in the fourth quarter of Dan Campbell’s head coaching debut, then scored 16 points and got the ball back to make things interesting in the closing seconds of a 41-33 loss.

“They had an opportunity right at the end of the game to tie the game,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “That tells you everything you need to know about the Detroit Lions.”

Campbell, an assistant head coach and tight ends coach with New Orleans before getting the Lions job, expects to see an angry Packers squad on Monday.

“New Orleans kicked the hornet’s nest, so we’re going to get everything they’ve got,” he said.

The 49ers gashed Campbell’s defense, averaging 8.0 yards per play. San Francisco also recorded a pick six against new Lions quarterback Jared Goff and sacked him three times.

“They’re coming off a loss. So are we,” Campbell said. “We don’t like that taste either. We’ve just got to clean it up. We’re trying to build a belief and a certain style of play.”

Goff bounced back from his early struggles, racking up 338 passing yards and three touchdowns. Running backs Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift combined for 93 yards on 20 carries and caught eight passes apiece.

Williams will have some extra motivation going against his former team for the first time. He signed a two-year contract with the Lions as a free agent in March.

Lions defensive back Jeff Okudah suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the opener. Wide receiver Tyrell Williams and defensive end Kevin Strong are in the league’s concussion protocol.

Packers offensive guard Lucas Patrick and tight end Josiah Deguara are under the same restrictions. Linebacker Za’Darius Smith (back) was placed on Injured Reserve.

Bettors are expecting a high-scoring affair Monday night. The 49.0-point Over/Under at DraftKings has seen 77 percent of the money and 75 percent of the bets backing the Over. The same market has moved from 49.5 to 48.5 at PointsBet, with the Over backed by 80 percent of the money and 84 percent of the bets.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) rolls out to pass against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs heavily backed as road favorite vs. Ravens

The “heat of the moment,” as described by Kansas City tackle Orlando Brown Jr., can turn into an explosive fire when Patrick Mahomes happens to be quarterbacking your team.

That’s something Brown discovered first-hand along the reconstructed Kansas City offensive front as the Chiefs (1-0) pulled off a fourth-quarter rally to win their opener and now face a Sunday night test at Baltimore against Brown’s former team, the Ravens (0-1).

“That’s what this team is, it’s a ton of resilience, a lot of talent, and Patrick is the best ever at what he does. This is a team you should never count out,” said Brown, who insisted he must play better while continuing to gel within a line that includes three rookie starters.

To improve immediately, he must dismiss any nostalgia he feels while performing against his former team in a stadium where he also watched his father play.

“I’ll be very emotional, but I plan on letting my emotions play for themselves,” Brown said.

That and continue to trust in Mahomes, who fired three touchdown passes in the second half and finished with 337 yards executing a 33-29 comeback against the Cleveland Browns. Mahomes took two sacks. His most dazzling throw, a 75-yard scoring bomb to Tyreek Hill, came while eluding pressure.

When asked how he clicked with his new line, Mahomes accepted blame on some pressures while acknowledging he could see a variety of blitzes from the Ravens, who feature rangy linebacker Patrick Queen.

“I’ve got to work on just the depth of my drop,” Mahomes said. “It’s something I always have to work on, just not fading back too much.”

The Chiefs are 3.5-point favorites at DraftKings, where they have been backed by 92 percent of the money and 86 percent of the total bets. Their -210 moneyline has also drawn one-sided action with Kansas City supported by 82 percent of the money and 89 percent of the bets.

The story is similar at PointsBet, where the line opened at 3.0 points but now sits at 3.5. The Chiefs’ spread line is being backed by 89 percent of the money and 88 percent of the bets.

Brown won’t be the only player sharing intel with a new team. Sammy Watkins moved on to Baltimore after contributing to Super Bowl runs by Kansas City the past two seasons. Watkins had four receptions for 96 yards in the Ravens’ opener, a 33-27 overtime loss Monday at Las Vegas.

“The best thing is we get to play against one of the best teams in the NFL,” Watkins said. “We’ve just got to come out and clean things up in practice. … We get to redeem ourselves.”

Any duel between Mahomes and Lamar Jackson creates considerable attention, but the Ravens’ quarterback knows that he must exercise more caution after losing two fumbles in the opener. The second turnover launched the Raiders’ game-winning drive.

“That ticked me off. I hate any turnover,” said Jackson, adding that “we’ve got to move on quick. Everybody hates losing. It’s going to be a quick turnaround, though.”

Maybe that short timeframe enables Jackson not to dwell on memories of three defeats in three meetings against Mahomes and the Chiefs. Jackson must continue to improvise with a patchwork offense that still must cope with the loss of three running backs to injuries prior to the opener.

Against the Raiders, Ty’son Williams stepped up and recorded 65 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, while adding three receptions for 29 yards. Jackson, the first NFL quarterback to post 1,000 yards rushing in two seasons, gained 86 yards while averaging 7.2 yards per carry.

Injuries have led to eight Ravens being placed on injured reserve, including Tyre Phillips, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid reported no injuries as the practice week began. The Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu should be available after he missed the opener coming off COVID-19 protocol. Frank Clark also sat out with a strained hamstring.

The public is expecting somewhat of a shootout with the 53.5-point Over/Under at DraftKing seeing the Over supported by 79 percent of the money and 83 percent of the bets. The same market at PointsBet opened at 55 before moving to 53.5, with 82 percent of the money and 81 percent of the bets backing the Over.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) lines up under center Washington Football Team center Chase Roullier (73) against the Los Angeles Chargers at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

WFT backed vs. Giants despite Super Bowl odds lengthening

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s injury has impacted the Washington Football Team’s season-long odds, but bettors clearly have confidence in backup Taylor Heinicke leading the offense against the New York Giants on Thursday.

The WFT opened as 3.0-point favorites at BetMGM but the line has moved to 3.5 points hours before the game with 66 percent of the money and 58 percent of the spread-line bets supporting Washington. The line is the same at DraftKings, with the WFT backed by 69 percent of the money and 68 percent of the bets.

The overall action at BetMGM has been split, with the Giants’ +160 moneyline moving to +150 and the team backed by 62 percent of the money and 69 percent of the bets. However, Washington’s -165 moneyline is still drawing 51 percent of the money and 56 percent of the bets at DraftKings.

Heinicke, 28, was thrust into the starting job with Fitzpatrick expected to miss at least 6-8 weeks with a hip injury. Heinicke will be making his second career regular-season start as the NFC East rivals each seek their first win of the young season.

“I think our guys will rally around him,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said of Heinicke this week. “He plays a little bit like his hair’s on fire and plays a little bit like a gunslinger.

“He understands what he has to do and how he has to do it. I’m excited to see what’s going to happen.”

Heinicke replaced Fitzpatrick during Washington’s 20-16 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1 and completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown while rushing three times for 17 yards.

“I went in there and said a couple of words that I probably shouldn’t say right now about these Giants,” Heinicke said after Tuesday’s practice. “Hopefully it got the guys fired up and ready to play for Thursday.”

While Washington is favored this week, Fitzpatrick’s lengthy absence has impacted the team’s futures.

The team’s Super Bowl odds climbed from +5000 to +7000 at FanDuel, from +5000 to +6600 at PointsBet and from +5000 to +6000 at BetRivers the day after Fitzpatrick was placed on injured reserve this week.

Washington saw its NFC Championship odds lengthen from +2200 to +2500 at PointsBet and from +2500 to +2800 at BetRivers, where the team’s NFC East title odds moved from +190 to +275.

“The shifts are likely a combination of standard market reaction to Week 1 results, as well as what figures to be a slight downgrade at quarterback from Fitzpatrick to Taylor Heinicke,” BetRivers sportsbook manager Zach Schlouch told Field Level Media.

New York looks to rebound after being whipped 27-13 by the visiting Denver Broncos in its season opener.

Running back Saquon Barkley had just 26 rushing yards on 10 carries in his return from ACL surgery, and his availability for Thursday’s game remains questionable.

“I don’t think the schedule is ideal for coming back off a major knee injury to have two games back-to-back, but that’s what it is,” said Barkley, who was limited in practice on Tuesday. “That’s what’s in front of me and that’s the challenge I have to face.”

With tight end Evan Engram (calf) ruled out of the game, the 40.5-point Over/Under at BetMGM has seen 55 percent of the money and 52 percent of the bets placed on the Under.

The Giants have defeated Washington five straight times, the last four with quarterback Daniel Jones as the starter.

The third-year pro passed for 267 yards and one score and also rushed for a touchdown against the Broncos. However, he also lost a fumble that led to a Denver field goal.

“Turnovers are always going to hurt you at any point in the game and they’re big plays,” said Jones, whose 30 fumbles and 18 fumbles lost are the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2019. “We’ve got to do a good job of taking care of the ball.”

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer watches warmups from the tunnel before the game against the Browns at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Urban myth? Meyer among favorites to be first NFL coach fired

Urban Meyer’s odds of being the first NFL coach fired this season lengthened a bit after he said there is “no chance” he will leave the Jacksonville Jaguars for Southern Cal.

Meyer opened Wednesday as the +350 favorite at SportsBetting.ag to be the first coach fired but those odds soon lengthened to +450. The former Florida and Ohio State coach’s name was mentioned as a potential successor shortly after USC fired Clay Helton on Monday.

“There’s no chance. I’m here and committed to trying to build this organization,” Meyer, 57, said Wednesday.

The co-favorites in the market are now Chicago’s Matt Nagy and Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer (+400). Nagy’s odds held steady while Zimmer’s odds shortened from +450.

All three teams opened the season with losses last week.

The Jaguars will play host to the Denver Broncos in Week 2, the Bears have their home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Vikings travel to the Arizona Cardinals. Nagy’s contract expires at the end of next season while Zimmer is under contract through 2023.

Next on the list is New York Giants coach Joe Judge at +900. The Giants opened with a loss to Denver and play host to Washington on Thursday night.

Denver coach Vic Fangio and Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor are being offered at +1200, while Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury and Dallas’ Mike McCarthy are +1400.

The sportsbook is offering odds on all 32 coaches, with the longest shots to be the first fired this season being Kansas City’s Andy Reid and Tampa Bay’s Bruce Arians at +2000.

First Coach Fired Odds (SportsBetting.ag)
Matt Nagy (+400)
Mike Zimmer (+400)
Urban Meyer (+450)
Joe Judge (+900)
Vic Fangio (+1200)
Zac Taylor (+1200)
Kliff Kingsbury (+1400)
Mike McCarthy (+1400)
Frank Reich (+2000)
Dan Campbell (+2500)
Jon Gruden (+2500)
Mike Tomlin (+2500)
Mike Vrabel (+2500)
Ron Rivera (+2500)
David Culley (+2800)
Matt Rhule (+4000)
Sean Payton (+4000)
Arthur Smith (+5000)
John Harbaugh (+5000)
Matt LaFleur (+5000)
Robert Saleh (+5000)
Brian Flores (+6600)
Kyle Shanahan (+6600)
Nick Sirianni (+6600)
Pete Carroll (+6600)
Brandon Staley (+8000)
Sean McVay (+8000)
Bill Belichick (+10000)
Kevin Stefanski (+10000)
Sean McDermott (+10000)
Andy Reid (+20000)
Bruce Arians (+20000)

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to pass against the Denver Broncos during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens-Raiders dividing action ahead of MNF opener

The opening week of the 2021 NFL season concludes with a matchup of playoff hopefuls who also enter with as many unanswered questions as any teams in the league.

The Raiders will play a regular-season game in front of fans at Allegiant Stadium for the first time, with a sell-out crowd of 65,000 expected to be on hand. They dropped their final four home games last season to finish 2-6 in Las Vegas after opening with a promising 34-24 win against New Orleans last year.

Which Raiders team will show up? And which running backs will Las Vegas’ defense be attempting to corral?

The Baltimore Ravens have outscored their opponents a combined 177-26 in winning their past five season openers. But they also lost their top three running backs to season-ending injuries during a preseason that also saw cornerback Marcus Peters suffer a torn ACL.

The Ravens are still 4.0-point favorites at DraftKings, but the Raiders have been backed by 66 percent of the money and 64 percent of the spread-line bets. The betting action has been split, with Baltimore’s -220 moneyline drawing 56 percent of the money but 70 percent of the total bets backing Las Vegas at +180.

The Ravens’ -195 moneyline at BetRivers is drawing stronger support with 60 percent of the money and 73 percent of the total bets. However, the spread-line action has been split, with the total bets nearly 50-50 and the Raiders backed by 54 percent of the money as 4.0-point underdogs.

Of interest will be the atmosphere of the Raiders’ new $1.9 billion home with a packed house. Will it compare to the old “Black Hole” in Oakland?

“It’s go time on Monday night,” Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson, wearing a T-shirt with the word “FINISH” on the front, said Thursday. “I don’t know how noisy this one is, but we’ve played in a noisy atmosphere before. It will be another game against a great all-around team. We’re going to have a Monday night fight. How about that? That’s what it’s going to be.”

The Ravens lost running backs J.K. Dobbins (knee), Gus Edwards (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles) to season-ending injuries before the season even began. Baltimore will go with Ty’Son Williams, Latavius Murray and Trenton Cannon on Monday night, choosing not to activate recently-signed Le’Veon Bell or Devonta Freeman.

“(Bell) has to get his sea legs a little bit, football-wise,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Friday. “Football shape does mean something.”

With the running back situation unsettled, it puts even more of a bull’s-eye on Jackson. The 2019 NFL MVP rushed for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns on 159 carries last season while also completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,757 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The Raiders brought in Gus Bradley to rebuild a defense that allowed 29.9 points per game and produced just 15 takeaways during an 8-8 campaign. Among the notable defensive newcomers are defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebackers K.J. Wright and Denzel Perryman and cornerback Casey Hayward Jr.

The offense will once again be led by quarterback Derek Carr (4,103 yards, 27 touchdowns, nine interceptions last year), tight end Darren Waller (107 catches for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns) and running back Josh Jacobs (1,065 yards, 12 TDs).

The 50.5 Over/Under has seen pretty even action at BetRivers, with the Over (-107) backed by 53 percent of the money and 60 percent of the total bets on the market. The same market at PointsBet has moved from 51 to 50 points, with the Under backed by 66 percent of the money and 51 percent of the total bets.

The Raiders have made the playoffs just once (2016) since their Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2002 season.

“We need to be a playoff team this year,” general manager Mike Mayock said. “We think we are going to be a good team. We’re not running from expectations.”

However, head coach Jon Gruden downplayed Mayock’s comments in an interview this week with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I’m not going to sit here and talk about the playoffs,” said Gruden, who is entering the fourth year of his second stint as the Raiders’ head coach. “I’m going to talk Baltimore. They want to go to the playoffs, too. … I’m not going to get into that B.S. I’d be very, very upset if we weren’t very confident.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; quarterback Matt Corral (2) throws a pass  against the Austin Peay Governors during the second quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss QB Matt Corral moves squarely into Heisman conversation

After a five-touchdown game on Saturday, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral continued his climb up the list of Heisman Trophy favorites as his Oklahoma counterpart, Spencer Rattler, tumbled again.

Still, both trail Alabama sophomore quarterback Bryce Young, who led the Crimson Tide (2-0) to a 48-14 victory against Mercer. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns.

Young is listed at +300 at PointsBet and +325 at BetMGM.

Corral, a junior, helped the Rebels to a 54-17 win over Austin Peay with a 21-of-33 passing, 281-yard performance. He added 35 rushing yards.

After Ole Miss’ Week 1 win over Louisville, Corral was offered at +1000 by PointsBet. Following Week 2, the odds shortened to +600 at both PointsBet and BetMGM.

Oklahoma’s Rattler, the preseason favorite, saw his odds lengthen again despite the Sooners’ 76-0 thumping of Western Carolina. Rattler was 20-of-26 passing for 243 yards and five touchdowns before calling it a day.

Rattler moved to third favorite as his odds lengthened from +700 to +750 at PointsBet and from +900 to +1000 at BetMGM.

The only other player within striking distance after Week 2 is Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who is at +1100 at BetMGM and +1300 at PointsBet.

Ohio State fell to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 poll with a loss to Oregon on Saturday. Still, Stroud had a stellar day, passing for 484 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.

Stroud was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week and has thrown for 778 yards and seven touchdowns through his first two games.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud had 484 yards and 3 touchdowns, but also threw a late interception in the Buckeyes' 35-28 loss to Oregon.

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Ohio State firmly in CFP picture despite home loss

A September home loss has knocked Ohio State down, but the Buckeyes are anything but out of the College Football Playoff picture.

Ohio State’s comeback bid fell short in Saturday’s 35-28 loss to Oregon. The Buckeyes (1-1) fell to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 poll while the Ducks (2-0) vaulted eight spots to No. 4.

There remains plenty of time for the Buckeyes to climb back into the CFP picture, and their schedule is highly favorable to do so.

Ohio State’s next two opponents, Tulsa and Akron, are a combined 0-4. The Buckeyes then enter their Big Ten slate, but they don’t play another team currently ranked until hosting current No. 10 Penn State on Oct. 30.

The only other ranked team on Ohio State’s schedule ahead of a potential spot in the Big Ten championship game is the regular-season finale at Michigan. The Wolverines creeped into the polls at No. 25 following Saturday’s victory over Washington (0-2).

Winning out would give the Buckeyes a strong chance to return to the CFP, and oddsmakers believe that is likely to happen.

Ohio State’s title odds lengthened to +900 at DraftKings following the loss, but the Buckeyes remain the fifth betting favorite behind Alabama (+180), Georgia (+330), Oklahoma (+750) and Clemson (+800), which also has one loss. Ohio State is also fifth at BetMGM, where the Buckeyes are being offered at +800 behind Alabama (+220), Georgia (+375), Clemson (+700) and Oklahoma (+750).

After the Buckeyes lost to Alabama in January’s title game, Ohio State was installed with the third-shortest odds at both books at +400 at DraftKings and +500 at BetMGM to win this season’s CFP.

Oregon is now sixth at both books, offered at +2500 by DraftKings and +3000 by BetMGM.

Meanwhile, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud continued to build his Heisman Trophy resume despite the loss. He is the fourth betting favorite at both books (+1000 at DraftKings and +1100 at BetMGM) after passing for 484 yards and three touchdowns against Oregon.

He did throw an interception with 2:50 remaining that all but sealed Oregon’s victory. Stroud was still named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week and has thrown for 778 yards and seven touchdowns through his first two games.

“It starts on my behalf to lead the team as the quarterback,” he said after Saturday’s loss, per the Columbus Dispatch. “I definitely will do my part to get us back to where we need to be.”

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) warms up before a preseason game against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 in Tampa, Fla.

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Titans see biggest line movement among division favorites

The Tennessee Titans have been responsible for the biggest line shift among division favorites ahead of the full first Sunday of the 2021 NFL season.

The Titans opened at +110 at BetMGM to win the AFC South but are now the -100 favorites to win the division. The public is backing them with 56.3 percent of the money and 50.0 percent of the total bets at the sportsbook.

Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts have lengthened from slight favorites at +100 to now being offered at +150 by BetMGM, where they have been backed by 23.7 percent of the money and 18.2 percent of the bets.

The AFC South is widely considered one of the most top-heavy divisions in the NFL. The Jacksonville Jaguars have moved from +1200 to +650, but the Houston Texans have seen their odds lengthen from +1600 to +2500.

The biggest division favorites remain the Kansas City Chiefs, although they have moved from +455 to +275. The public has bet down the Denver Broncos from +1800 to +700 while the Los Angeles Chargers have moved from +550 to +450.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been backed by 95.1 percent of the handle at BetMGM to win the NFC South and 58.9 percent of the tickets, by far the most of any of the 32 teams. The Cleveland Browns lead in the AFC with 61.0 percent of the money bet on teams in the North while the Titans have been backed by the most division winner bets in the conference.

BetMGM NFL Insights: Division Odds

AFC East
Line movement: Patriots +450 to +350
Biggest liability: Patriots

AFC North
Line movement: Ravens +120 to +115
Biggest liability: Bengals

AFC South
Line movement: Titans +110 to -110
Biggest liability: Jaguars

AFC West
Line movement: Chargers +550 to +450
Biggest liability: Raiders

NFC East
Line movement: Washington +320 to +220
Biggest liability: Giants

NFC North
Line movement: Packers -250 to -165
Biggest liability: Lions

NFC South
Line movement: Buccaneers -125 to -190
Biggest liability: Buccaneers

NFC West
Line movement: 49ers +200 to +190
Biggest liability: Rams

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) passes against the Miami Hurricanes during the first high at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Young leaps Spencer Rattler as Heisman Trophy favorite

It only took one week — and four touchdown passes in a rout of a seeded opponent — for Bryce Young to upend the Heisman Trophy race.

Alabama’s sophomore quarterback led a 44-13 win over Miami in the Crimson Tide’s season opener, completing 27 of 38 passes for 344 yards to go with the four scores. That was enough for Young to vault to Heisman frontrunner status at numerous sportsbooks, including PointsBet and BetMGM (+425).

Preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler threw for 304 yards and a touchdown in Oklahoma’s opener but wasn’t nearly as consistent as the Sooners held off Tulane, 40-35, at home.

Rattler completed 30 of 39 passes but also threw a pair of interceptions to help keep the Green Wave in the game. The consensus favorite from the time 2021 Heisman odds were installed all the way through last week, Rattler is still the second favorite but saw his odds lengthen from +550 to +700 at PointsBet and from +650 to +900 at BetMGM.

That put him on par at BetMGM with Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, who jumped up Heisman lists with 423 total yards in the Rebels’ opening blowout of Louisville. Corral is being offered at +1000 at PointsBet, where he is the third favorite tied with Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud (+1000).

Young clearly benefitted from the relative struggles of his two closest competitors entering the season in Rattler and Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. The Tigers’ sophomore struggled in a loss to Georgia, failing to lead Clemson to a touchdown and seeing his Heisman odds lengthen to +1100 at PointsBet and +1200 at BetMGM.

While the Bulldogs won the game to move to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll, JT Daniels failed to lead Georgia to a single offensive touchdown himself. His Heisman odds slipped to +1200 at PointsBet and +1500 at BetMGM.

Other preseason Heisman candidates who struggled in season-opening losses included Miami’s D’Eriq King and North Carolina’s Sam Howell. Both ACC quarterbacks are now being offered at +2500 by PointsBet. Howell is also +2500 at BetMGM, while King’s odds lengthened to +4000.

Texas running back Bijan Robinson retained the top odds outside of quarterbacks, holding steady at PointsBet while seeing his odds shorten from +3000 at BetMGM.

–Field Level Media