Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stands on the sidelines before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Brees is b being honored at half-time of the game that he is also announcing for NBC. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Report: N.J. halts Citrus Bowl bets due to Purdue hiring Drew Brees

Gaming regulators in New Jersey have taken the Citrus Bowl off the board because Purdue hiring Drew Brees as an interim assistant coach caused a violation of the state’s regulations, ESPN reported Friday.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced that “an individual associated with the Purdue Football team” was in violation of its regulations. ESPN reported that individual was Brees, the former New Orleans Saints quarterback, who had a business relationship with sportsbook PointsBet.

Wagers placed by New Jersey bettors after Dec. 15 — the day Brees was named an interim assistant — must be voided, per the regulatory body’s ruling.

PointsBet announced on Dec. 22 that it was ending its “ambassador partnership agreement” with Brees after his decision to join the coaching staff at his alma mater.

The Citrus Bowl will see Purdue take on No. 17 LSU on Monday afternoon.

Brian Brohm is serving as the interim head coach for the Boilermakers on Monday after his brother, Jeff Brohm, left the post to take the same position at his alma mater, Louisville.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is honored at halftime of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees denies being struck by lightning

PointsBet USA said Friday it was monitoring reports that retired NFL great Drew Brees was struck by lightning in South American while filming a commercial for the sportsbook.

“We are aware of the media coverage regarding PointsBet brand ambassador Drew Brees,” PointsBet USA posted to its official Twitter account. “We are in communication with Brees’ team and will continue to monitor events throughout the coming hours. At this stage we will not be making any further comment.”

ESPN’s Saints team reported said Friday she exchanged text messages with Brees and there was no truth to the report.

“He said he’s good and that he did not get struck by lightning,” she wrote, as rumors began to spread on social media that the story was concocted to advertise PointsBet’s “lightning bets” feature.

Grainy video was posted to Twitter overnight that was shot in the dark, reportedly in Venezuela. It showed a film crew, with Brees on a television monitor, scurrying about in the brief video, with thunder heard in the background and lightning in the area. After a loud clap of thunder, the video went dark.

Brees tweeted on Tuesday that he was heading to “a top-secret location later this week” to shoot a new promotional video for PointsBet USA. He signed with the sportsbook in July 2021.

Brees, 43, retired following the 2020 season — his 20th in the NFL. He threw for 80,358 yards and 571 touchdowns — second only to Tom Brady in both categories — for the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. A 13-time Pro Bowl selection, he led the Saints to a win in Super Bowl XLIV.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) completes a pass against the Houston Texans in the second half at NRG Stadium. Indianapolis Colts won 31 to 0 .Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Colts slight favorites as Patriots seek to clinch playoff spot

New England won its last game while attempting just three passes, so Mac Jones’ arm figures to get more work when the Patriots visit the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC showdown on Saturday night.

Jones doesn’t quibble with workloads and is more focused on trying to help New England (9-4) win its eighth consecutive game. The Patriots can clinch a playoff spot this weekend with a win and a combination of losses by multiple AFC contenders.

The Colts are 2.5-point favorites at BetRivers, where there has been one-sided action with the Patriots backed by 67 percent of the bets and 70 percent of the money. However, the action on the 1.5-point spread at PointsBet has been split, with Indianapolis drawing 54 percent of the money while 51 percent of the bets have been placed on New England.

A quarterback going 2-for-3 passing for 19 yards in the 14-10 win over the Buffalo Bills in frigid conditions on Dec. 6 seems more like something from the 1940s version of the NFL.

“I’m just trying to win,” Jones said. “It was good that we scored more than the other team, and we did a great job on offense.

“It doesn’t matter how many times you run it or throw it. As long as you win, everyone’s going to be happy.”

The Patriots racked up 222 yards on the ground in the key victory that preceded a bye. New England holds a two-game lead over the Bills in the AFC East race with four games to play.

Jones, a first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2021 draft, has been solid with a 70.3 percent completion rate to go with 2,869 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The Colts (7-6), who have won four of their past five games, are excelling on the ground behind NFL-rushing leader Jonathan Taylor.

Taylor has 1,348 rushing yards and also leads the NFL with 16 rushing touchdowns. He has topped 100 yards in all seven of Indianapolis’ victories.

Taylor has 18 total touchdowns, two shy of the franchise mark set by Baltimore Colts legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Lenny Moore in 1964.

Taylor said he isn’t worrying about records, accolades or stats.

“It’s not like track and field where I’m lining up, it’s just me and I’m racing the other guys next to me,” Taylor said. “It takes all 11 guys on the field in order to have a play go. All it takes is one guy to not be on for a play to crumble.

“That’s why I try and go out there every single play and make sure that I’m on, because I trust and truly believe that every single guy on that field, all 10 other guys are doing their job to a ‘T.’”

The Patriots rank 19th against the run, allowing 114.5 yards per game, so limiting Taylor will be a mighty challenge.

“Taylor’s a home run hitter, he’s a guy that’s not afraid of contact,” New England safety Adrian Phillips said. “You can see as the game keeps going he just gets more physical and if people don’t want to hit when it comes to the third or fourth quarter … he’s going to attack you.”

Taylor’s rise has helped quarterback Carson Wentz, who is having a strong season with 2,948 yards, 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

The Colts also feature one of the NFL’s top defensive players in linebacker Darius Leonard, who has 97 tackles, five forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Indianapolis allowed just 141 total yards (84 rushing, 57 passing) last Sunday while rolling to a 31-0 road win over the Houston Texans.

The 45.5-point Over/Under at BetRivers has seen lopsided action with the Over receiving 63 percent of the bets and 75 percent of the money. The market opened at 44 points at PointsBet but has also moved to 45.5 with 68 percent of the bets and 69 percent of the money backing the Over.

The Colts will be looking to end an eight-game losing skid against New England, a streak that includes playoff losses in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

“I don’t want our players to get too caught up in the past,” Indianapolis coach Frank Reich said. “I do want them to understand that it is a big deal here.”

The Colts will get two-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly back. Kelly missed the game with Houston after being placed on the COVID-19 list. He was removed from that list on Tuesday and was a full practice participant on Wednesday while being listed with a knee injury.

The Patriots, however, will be without running back Damien Harris, who was downgraded from questionable to out on Friday due to a hamstring injury.

Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson and Brandon Bolden are expected to receive a bigger workload in the absence of Harris, who leads the team in carries (164), rushing yards (754) and rushing touchdowns (nine).

–Field Level Media

New York Jets quarterback Mike White (5) runs off the field with the game ball after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-31, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in East Rutherford.

Nyj Vs Cin

Jets well-backed as 10-point underdogs at Colts

Mike White woke up as a relative unknown on Sunday but he’ll be soaking up the national spotlight four nights later when the New York Jets visit the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

The 26-year-old White became an instant cult hero when he started in place of an injured Zach Wilson. He completed 37 of 45 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns during a 34-31 home win over the Cincinnati Bengals in his first career NFL start.

White tossed the decisive 13-yard scoring pass to tight end Tyler Kroft and he joined Cam Newton (422 yards in 2011 for the Carolina Panthers) as the only quarterbacks to top 400 yards in their first career starts.

He even received one of the ultimate New York compliments — a stadium full of fans chanting his name.

“At first, I kind of had to listen again,” White said with a smile. “Like, are they chanting my name?”

With Wilson (knee) still ailing, the Jets (2-5) are again calling on White to start against the Colts (3-5).

New York is being well-backed as a double-digit underdog. The 10-point line at DraftKings has seen 63 percent of the bets and 56 percent of the money placed on the Jets, while the opening 10.5-point line at PointsBet has also moved to 10 while drawing 67 percent of the bets and 69 percent of the money on New York.

AI-driven analytics company Quarter4 has forecast Indianapolis with a 59 percent chance of winning, but with a win the Jets would actually pass the Colts – a preseason favorite to win the South – in the AFC standings.

It’s even being floated that the fifth-round pick in 2018 by the Dallas Cowboys could remain the starter even after the return to health of Wilson, the 2021 No. 2 overall pick.

“That’s for you guys to talk about,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “I know exactly how we’ll operate. I know exactly what we’re looking for. If it’s something you want to play with and have fun with, I mean, it doesn’t surprise me.”

White split his college career at South Florida and Western Kentucky. He passed for more than 4,000 yards in each of his two campaigns with the Hilltoppers and the Cowboys took a flier on him.

Dallas released White among the final cuts prior to the 2019 season. The Jets later added him to the practice squad but he didn’t see the field until Wilson departed with a sprained right knee during a 54-13 loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 24.

White did low-key preparation for the start against the Bengals and even caught a two-point conversion pass on a trick play.

“The only difference is that I got more reps at practice,” White said. “It felt normal, nothing out of the ordinary. I didn’t stay up watching film and put too much into my brain and get stressed out.”

PointsBet has set the Over/Under for White’s passing yards Thursday night at 255.5, with 59.5 percent of the bets on the Over but some large wagers leading to 89.4 percent of the money backing the Under.

The Colts are in must-win mode as they enter a two-game stretch of games against the lowly Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Indianapolis lost 34-31 in overtime to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Quarterback Carson Wentz threw one interception with less than two minutes left in regulation and another in overtime.

“I feel like I beat us with those turnovers,” Wentz said. “As a competitor and my hardest critic, you feel that weight and you let your guys down even though I have the utmost confidence in our defense and they did a great job stopping them, but they were already in field-goal range.”

Wentz had been intercepted just once all season before the double dose of miscues. He has passed for 1,926 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The second-year duo of running back Jonathan Taylor and receiver Michael Pittman Jr. have been thriving for the Colts.

Taylor ranks second in the NFL with 649 rushing yards and is the favorite at +400 at PointsBet to score the first touchdown Thursday, with 33.9 percent of the public backing him.

Pittman leads Indianapolis with 45 receptions and 594 yards and is tied for the team lead with four scoring catches. The vastly improved Pittman has already surpassed last season’s figures of 40 catches for 503 yards and one touchdown.

“I think it’s just familiarity with the offense, but I don’t think that I am a different player from last year,” Pittman said. “I think that there is more opportunity, but I mean, there’s not a big difference. I didn’t all of a sudden take a magic pill.”

The 45.5 Over/Under at DraftKings has seen lopsided action with 62 percent of the bets and 63 percent of the money. The market opened at 46.5 points at PointsBet but has moved to 45 with 59 percent of the bets and 79 percent of the money backing the Over.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (concussion) will miss the game after being hurt against Tennessee. Star guard Quenton Nelson (toe) didn’t participate in Tuesday’s walkthrough but is expected to play Thursday.

New York offensive tackle George Fant (ankle) and receiver Corey Davis (hip) were among the players who didn’t practice. Fant was injured against the Bengals while Davis could miss his second straight game.

–Field Level Media

Dec 23, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

RB Aaron Jones favored to land with Dolphins

The Green Bay Packers are expected to lose running back Aaron Jones in free agency after electing not to place the franchise tag on him this week.

Jones, 26, rushed for 1,104 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games last season. He has 3,364 yards and 37 touchdowns on 651 carries through his first four NFL season.

That is expected to make him a very attractive option for an emerging team such as the Miami Dolphins, who are being offered at +300 to sign Jones by PointsBet. Myles Gaskin led the Dolphins with 584 rushing yards last season, followed by Salvon Ahmed (319) and Matt Breida (254).

Miami finished 22nd in the NFL in rushing offense last season. Gaskin added 388 yards on 41 catches while Ahmed produced the Dolphins’ only 100-yard game.

Jones, who also had 47 catches for 355 yards and two touchdowns last season, would add a premier all-around player to the Dolphins’ offense.

The San Francisco 49ers have the second-shortest odds at +400 to sign Jones. The 49ers finished 15th in rushing last season despite suffering through a slew of injuries.

Raheem Mostert was limited to 521 rushing yards in eight games, while Jeff Wilson Jr. led the team with 600 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns. Oft-injured Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman are not expected to return as free agents.

The Packers are being offered at +500 to re-sign Jones.

They want him back for less than $10 million annually, according to a report by ProFootballTalk.com. However, that would place Jones well behind the deals signed by the likes of Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey ($16 million annually), Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott and New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara at $15 million per year, and others including Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook, Tennessee’s Derrick Henry and Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon, who are each in the $12 million to $13 million range.

The other contributing factor is that Green Bay drafted A.J. Dillon in the second round last year.

The Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers are also each being offered at +500 to sign Jones.

The Cardinals could lose Kenyan Drake in free agency, while the Steelers are not expected to re-sign James Conner. The Jets finished last year with mid-round pick La’Mical Perine as their featured back after Le’Veon Bell was released.

The next-shortest odds by PointsBet belong to the Seattle Seahawks at +800. With Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde pending free agents, the Seahawks running backs under contract include Rashaad Penny, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer.

PointsBet is also offering odds on the Chicago Bears (+1100) and Atlanta Falcons (+1800).

–Field Level Media

Dec 28, 2019; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day on the sidelines during the game against the Clemson Tigers in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semifinal game. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Day, Saban absences create minimal impact on odds

Ryan Day and Nick Saban are two of the most influential coaches in college football, but their absences on Saturday are not expected to put their teams on upset alert.

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide moved from a 25-point favorite (-110) against the Auburn Tigers at PointsBet to 24.5 (-110) after Saban tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

The Ohio State Buckeyes, who debuted at No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, moved from a 29-point favorite (-115) to beat 2-3 Illinois to 27.5 (-110) after Day tested positive on Friday.

Both coaches will not be on the sideline on Saturday.

“The absence of Saban and Day aren’t really moving the numbers too much,” SportsBetting.com odds consultant Scott Cooley said. “The reason being is that you have two superior teams playing against two inferior teams, at least according to the power ratings and odds.

“If these matchups were creating spreads 10 points or less, then you’d see some adjustment or betting reaction for the coaches. But since we’re looking at almost four-score (under)dogs, it’s not going to move the needle.”

Ohio State isn’t planning to fly to Champaign until Saturday morning as it waits on more test results, according to reports.

Defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who also is associate head coach, will run the squad in place of Day.

“Coach Ryan Day is one of the individuals who has tested positive,” the school said in a statement. “He is in isolation and will not travel to Illinois or coach the team. Assistant head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim head coach of the Buckeyes on Saturday.”

Day reportedly would need to isolate for 10 days and be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before he can return to his coaching duties.

There were reports Thursday that an unknown number of Ohio State players in more than one position group have tested positive for COVID-19, leaving in doubt whether the Buckeyes (4-0) could play this weekend.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith reiterated that the team wants to play.

“I have spoken with Coach Day, and he is doing well physically,” Smith said. “I feel terrible for (Day) and for the members of the program who have been diagnosed with a positive test.

“Coach Day and this team have been true leaders in handling things so well throughout this pandemic. Our team wants to play this game, and we’re going to do everything we can to help make this happen. All of the decisions on the welfare of our student-athletes and staff members will continue to be guided by our medical staff.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2020; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book (12) throws the ball during warms ups before a game against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Undefeated Notre Dame remains CFP long shot

Notre Dame remained No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, but the Irish remain long shots to reach the College Football Playoff.

The Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0) are the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation, and are the +170 national title favorites by PointsBet, similar to most sportsbooks.

However, Clemson (7-1) is being offered at +250 along with No. 3 Ohio State (4-0), despite the Tigers’ lone loss coming against Notre Dame. Clemson played that game without star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who has not played since Oct. 24.

Lawrence missed two games due to a positive COVID-19 test and the Tigers had Saturday’s game against Florida State postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Clemson still remains on track to play in the ACC title game, where the Tigers would be favored against Notre Dame.

The ACC championship game is scheduled to be played in Charlotte on Dec. 19, with the top two teams by winning percentage qualifying. Notre Dame has regular-season games remaining against No. 25 North Carolina, one-win Syracuse and 4-3 Wake Forest.

No. 6 Florida (6-1) is being offered at +900 to claim the final CFP spot by PointsBet, well ahead of Notre Dame at +1600.

Northwestern (5-0) moved to No. 11 in the AP Top 25 and the Wildcats’ title odds have shortened to +5000 by PointsBet.

The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its first rankings of the season on Tuesday, and they could create a shift in teams’ path to the final four.

In a memo issued by the committee on Sunday, it said it will not penalize a team for playing fewer games than another team as it determines its rankings of the nation’s top teams.

That’s good news for Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, who started the season later than teams from the ACC, Big 12 and SEC.

Oregon moved to No. 9 with the Ducks being 3-0 in the Pac-12’s late start to the season. Oregon and Washington are currently being offered at +25000 by PointsBet, with conference rival Southern Cal at +20000. The Trojans are 3-0 thanks to a pair of nail-biting victories.

Pac-12 teams have only seven games to prove their case to the CFP committee after the conference began its season earlier this month.

The CFP semifinal games are scheduled to be played Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Miami is set to play host to the title game on Jan. 11.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Brees’ injuries weigh on Saints’ odds

With quarterback Drew Brees expected to miss an extended period of time due to broken ribs and a collapsed lung, the New Orleans Saints’ odds to win the NFC South took a direct hit on Monday.

The 7-2 Saints lead the NFC South by a half-game over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3), and New Orleans swept the teams’ two meetings this season, which is the top tiebreaker.

The NFC South is a two-horse division with the Carolina Panthers falling to 3-7 and the Atlanta Falcons sitting at 3-6.

Before the severity of Brees’ injuries was known, the Saints’ were -275 by PointsBet to win the NFC South ahead of the Bucs (+200). After the news broke Monday, New Orleans’ division-winning odds lengthened to -210 while Tampa Bay’s shortened to +160.

Despite Brees’ injuries, other Week 10 results saw the Saints move to the head of the NFC pack at +750 to win Super Bowl LV, behind only the Kansas City Chiefs (+350) and Pittsburgh Steelers (+600). The Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks both lost on Sunday, lowering their odds to +900 and +1000, respectfully.

PointsBet told Field Level Media that there was enough Super Bowl handle at the sportsbook on several other teams that the Brees health news did not impact New Orleans’ title odds yet.

Brees, 41, is expected to be sidelined at least three weeks with multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung, according to ESPN. He reportedly first sustained three broken ribs on his right side in the Saints’ Week 9 win over the Bucs.

The Saints play the Chiefs on Dec. 20 and have a Christmas Day game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Week 17 regular-season finale for New Orleans is Jan. 3 at Carolina.

Brees produced 76 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-13 passing Sunday in the Saints’ 27-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He has completed a league-best 73.5 percent of his passes for 2,196 yards with 18 touchdowns against three interceptions this season.

New Orleans plays host to the Falcons this Sunday, with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill candidates to start in Brees’ place.

Winston completed 6 of 10 passes for 63 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions Sunday. It was the former No. 1 overall draft pick’s second appearance with the Saints since signing a one-year deal in the offseason.

Winston was 28-42 in five seasons as the starter for Tampa Bay (2015-19). He led the NFL in passing yards (5,109) and interceptions (30) last season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) is congratulated by quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and tight end Nick Keizer (48) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Super Bowl odds shorten; Steelers vault to No. 2

The Baltimore Ravens’ second loss of the season had a significant impact on Super Bowl odds across sportsbooks.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ odds shortened a bit at most sportsbooks, with the defending champions being offered at +350 by BetMGM and PointsBet, down from +400 from last week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now the second betting favorite at +600 at BetMGM and +550 at PointsBet. The Steelers remain the lone undefeated team in the NFL after coming from behind to beat the Ravens on Sunday.

The Chiefs are being offered at +160 to win the AFC Championship by BetMGM, followed by the Steelers (+300) and Ravens (+500).

Baltimore’s Super Bowl odds have lengthened to +1000 by BetMGM and +900 by PointsBet. Virtual co-favorites with the Chiefs by many sportsbooks early this season, the Ravens are now also behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+650) and the Seattle Seahawks (+800) at both books.

Tampa Bay is the +260 favorite to win the NFC Championship by BetMGM, followed by the Seahawks (+340), New Orleans Saints (+600) and Green Bay Packers (+600).

The New York Jets remain the league’s lone winless team at 0-7, with PointsBet setting their over (-130)/under (+110) win total at 1.5. BetMGM is offering the Jets at +250 to go 0-16, while the book is offering the Steelers at +1100 to finish the regular season undefeated and +2000 to go 19-0 with a Super Bowl title.

Super Bowl LV odds (PointsBet)
Kansas City Chiefs: +350
Pittsburgh Steelers: +550
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +650
Seattle Seahawks: +800
Baltimore Ravens: +900
Green Bay Packers: +1400
New Orleans Saints: +1400
Buffalo Bills: +2200
Arizona Cardinals: +2500
Indianapolis Colts: +2500
Tennessee Titans: +2500
Los Angeles Rams: +3300
Philadelphia Eagles: +4000
San Francisco 49ers: +4000
Las Vegas Raiders: +5000
Chicago Bears: +6000
Cleveland Browns: +6000
Miami Dolphins: +6600
Detroit Lions: +10000
Los Angeles Chargers: +10000
Minnesota Vikings: +10000
New England Patriots: +10000
Carolina Panthers: +15000
Dallas Cowboys: +15000
Denver Broncos: +15000
Washington Football Team: +15000
Houston Texans: +20000
Atlanta Falcons: +25000
New York Giants: +30000
Cincinnati Bengals: +50000
Jacksonville Jaguars: +100000
New York Jets: +200000

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson strengthened his MVP odds with a four-touchdown game in Seattle’s win over the San Francisco 49ers. With 26 touchdown passes through seven games, Wilson is the -164 favorite by BetMGM and -175 favorite by PointsBet.

That puts him well ahead of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who is being offered at +300 by BetMGM and +350 by PointsBet. BetMGM is also offering Wilson at -164 in a prop bet against the field (+135).

While Trevor Lawrence’s Heisman Trophy hopes have taken a hit following the Clemson quarterback’s positive COVID-19 test, he remains the overwhelming favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Despite Lawrence saying last week that there’s a chance he returns for his senior year, the Clemson star is being offered at -1000 by PointsBet to go No. 1 overall. That remains unchanged from last week, with Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields next at +500, followed by Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell (+750), who opted out of this season to focus on the draft.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) and teammates celebrate the 52-17 win following the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State pulls even with Clemson in CFP odds

The Clemson Tigers remain in a precarious position with quarterback Trevor Lawrence sidelined for at least one more game following his positive COVID-19 test.

The Tigers (7-0) escaped Boston College’s upset bid on Saturday but now must face fourth-ranked Notre Dame (6-0) minus their Heisman Trophy hopeful.

Clemson saw its grip on the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 poll shrink to two points this week, and oddsmakers are equally skittish on the Tigers’ College Football Playoff aspirations.

Overwhelming favorites just a week ago, Clemson is now being offered at +200 along with the Ohio State Buckeyes at several sportsbooks, including PointsBet. The two were also being offered at +200 by SportsBetting.com, although Clemson was bet down to +150 by Monday while Ohio State’s odds had lengthened to +260, behind the Alabama Crimson Tide (+200).

Alabama was being offered at +250 by PointsBet. The only other school listed at less than +1600 was Texas A&M (+900).

Notre Dame was being offered at +3000 by PointsBet and +4000 by SportsBetting.com, where the Fighting Irish were 6-point home underdogs for Saturday’s marquee game.

Heisman Trophy odds were off the board at both books. The heavy favorite before his positive test, Lawrence is now third at DraftKings at +400, behind Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (+125) and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (+150).

Lawrence remained the -105 Heisman favorite at FanDuel after the news of his positive test broke, but those odds had lengthened to +200 by Monday. Fields and Jones are now the co-betting favorites at +150.

CFP winner odds (SportsBetting.com)
Clemson +150
Alabama +200
Ohio State +260
Georgia +1200
Florida +2000
Notre Dame +4000
Texas A&M +5000
Wisconsin +6600
Oregon +8000
Oklahoma State +10000
USC +10000
Oklahoma +10000
BYU +10000
Cincinnati +10000
Kansas State +10000
Indian +10000
Michigan +12500
Miami (Fla.) +15000
Texas +15000
Washington +15000
Auburn +15000
Iowa +15000
Memphis +15000
Iowa State +15000

–Field Level Media