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Odds Are Against Trubisky, Mariota, Winston, Flacco and Minshew Starting in Week 1 of 2020

John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in NFL Football

Updated Apr 8, 2020 · 3:30 PM PDT

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Odds are against Trubisky retaining his starting role in Chicago in 2020. Photo by Camrongood (Wiki Commons) [CC License]
  • Oddsmakers released odds on 13 quarterbacks’ chances of starting in Week 1 of next season
  • Cam Newton’s season is over with the Panthers after just two games because of a foot injury
  • Jameis Winston seems to be hitting it off with Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians

With the NFL season at its midway point, some teams are already better served looking ahead to 2020.

Yes, we’re talking about you, Cincinnati Bengals. And, also, the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Washington Redskins among others.

It also isn’t too early to look ahead to next season when it comes to wagering opportunities. As part of its weekly NFL specials, oddsmakers released odds on 13 quarterbacks’ chances of starting in Week 1 in 2020

Odds to Start in Week 1 of 2020 NFL Season

Quarterback Yes Odds No Odds
Derek Carr (Raiders) -700 +400
Baker Mayfield (Browns) -700 +400
Cam Newton (Panthers) -300 +200
Andy Dalton (Bengals) -150 +110
Teddy Bridgewater (Saints) -140 +100
Kyle Allen (Panthers) +110 -150
Ryan Tannehill (Titans) +110 -150
Marcus Mariota (Titans) +120 -160
Gardner Minshew (Jaguars) +120 -160
Joe Flacco (Broncos) +140 -180
Mitchell Trubisky (Bears) +150 -200
Jameis Winston (Buccaneers) +150 -200
Eli Manning (Giants) +500 -1000

Odds taken Nov. 6

Injuries Have Taken Heavy Toll on Cam Newton

Cam Newton’s season effectively ended Tuesday when the Carolina Panthers placed him on injured reserve. Newton could technically return if the Panthers reach the playoffs, but it seems extremely doubtful coach Ron Rivera would switch quarterbacks at that point.

It is easy to wonder if Newton’s career with the Panthers is over. A foot injury has sidelined him since the start of Week 3 and doctors believe the only cure is a lengthy rest.

The injury obviously hasn’t put Newton in the best of moods.

Considering Newton is 30 and has also had two shoulder surgeries in his career, it seems doubtful he can regain the form that enabled him to be NFL MVP in 2015. The Panthers would also clear $19 .1 million in salary cap for 2020 by releasing Newton and he would count just $2 million against the cap.

And did we mention he has lost his last eight starts — six last season and both this year?

Certainly, some team would bring Newton to training camp with hopes of him regaining his magic. Father Time, though, has caught up, and Newton looks like a strong choice at +200 to not be a starter when next September rolls around.

Inconsistent Jameis Winston’s Talent Undeniable

There are days when Jameis Winston seems worthy of all the hype that surrounded him being the first selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Last Sunday was one of those days. Though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a 40-34 heartbreaker on the road in overtime to the Seattle Seahawks, Winston went toe-to-toe with MVP candidate Russell Wilson as he threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns while not being intercepted.

Winston is certainly as mobile as any quarterback in the NFL.


However, Winston can also be frustrating. He had 10 turnovers in the previous two games, getting picked off seven times and losing three of five fumbles.

The Buccaneers are a disappointing 2-6 and Winston’s contract expires at the end of the season. Yet, he has been able to click with first-year head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, which makes the 25-year-old a worthwhile pick to be a starter in 2020 at +150.

Ryan Tannehill a Steadying Influence for Titans

When Ryan Tannehill became a free agent last spring, he did not find any team willing to sign him to be its starting quarterback. That was understandable, considering Tannehill had a 42-46 record as a starter during his six seasons with Dolphins.

Tannehill is getting a second chance to be No. 1 QB with the Tennessee Titans. He has started the last three games following the benching of Marcus Mariota, who was the No. 2 pick in that 2015 draft behind Winston.

The Titans have gone 2-1 with Tannehill after starting the season 2-4 with Mariota. Tannehill has been steady in those three starts, completing 70.3 percent of his passes for 836 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions.

Mariota’s time with the Titans appears at an end as it just hasn’t happened for him in Nashville. While Tannehill isn’t necessarily the long-term answer for coach Mike Vrabel, he certainly could fill the void next season and be a good bet at +110 while the Titans groom a young quarterback.

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