Updated MVP Odds: Patrick Mahomes looks like a sure bet to capture his second MVP award

Wow. It’s hard to believe that we’re 12 games into the NFL season already. As it is often said, though, time flies when you’re having fun. A week ago, the players considered to be the frontrunners for the league MVP award included Patrick Mahomes II, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson. 

Two of these quarterbacks led their respective teams to victory while one of them wasn’t as fortunate. Taking that into consideration, the list for this week will look somewhat different. So, without further ado, here’s a look at where the potential MVPs rank based on their performances from Week 13 (according to Unibet).

Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Josh Allen (+1400). Last Week (NR)

Well, for those of you who were in search of some new faces on our weekly list, you got your wish. The Buffalo Bills finished the 2019 season with a 10-6 record and they have already won nine games through the first 13 weeks of this season. A lot of that has to do with the play of quarterback Josh Allen. In the team’s recent 34-24 win over the San Francisco 49ers, Allen completed 32 of his 40 pass attempts for 375 yards to go along with four touchdowns. On the season, Allen is ranked third in passing yards (3,403) and he is tied for sixth in touchdown passes with 26. No, he isn’t in the same stratosphere as Mahomes or Rodgers, but he is quickly proving that he is a capable quarterback in this league. 

Before we go to the player with the second-best MVP odds, here’s a glance at a couple of other names that aren’t in our top three. The list includes Russell Wilson (+2000 odds), Ben Roethlisberger (+500), and Tom Brady (+8000). Wilson was in the mix for most of the season before a stretch of poor outings contributed to his stock dipping over the past several weeks. Before last night’s loss to the Washington Football team, Roethlisberger was tied for the second-best odds, which proves just how one performance can significantly contribute to a players’ odds in a given category. Let’s also not forget about TB12 in Tampa Bay. With Brady under center, the Buccaneers have already equaled their win total from a year ago and they are in the hunt for a postseason berth for the first time since 2007. No small feat, to say the least. 

Second-Best NFL MVP Odds: Aaron Rodgers (+400). Last Week (+550)

Despite their 9-3 mark, the Green Bay Packers have been somewhat inconsistent at various stretches of the season. After jumping out to a 4-0 start, they went .500 over their next four games. Then, following wins over the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, they were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts 34-31 despite leading 28-14 at halftime. But the one consistent component of this team is Aaron Rodgers. In a pair of victories over the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles, Mr. Rodgers has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Not only that, but he became the fastest quarterback to reach the 400-touchdown threshold, accomplishing the feat in his 193rd game. 

Furthermore, Rodgers is ranked fifth in passing yards (3,395), tied for the third-fewest interceptions (four) and he leads the NFL in touchdown passes with 36. In other words, Rodgers has positioned himself to take over the top spot should the guy in front of him slip up. 

Best NFL MVP Odds: Patrick Mahomes II (-500). Last week (-400)

At this point, it’s not a surprise to any of us that Patrick Mahomes continues to solidify his hold as the current favorite to win the league MVP award. Aside from the New Orleans Saints — who have won nine straight games — the defending champs have won seven straight games. Additionally, in their recent 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos, Mahomes and the Chiefs earned their sixth consecutive postseason berth. Additionally, Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last five outings. During that stretch, he has thrown for 15 touchdowns and just one interception. His overall body of work includes 3,815 passing yards (1st), 31 touchdowns (tied for third), and a league-best two interceptions. Of the four games remaining on the schedule, Mahomes and the Chiefs have to face a pair of teams vying for a playoff berth (Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints) in the next two weeks. On the other hand, they will finish the season against the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Chargers, both of which will finish the season below .500. If Mahomes continues to hold his own over the next two weeks, the MVP award is his to lose.

Updated NFL MVP Odds: Can Anyone Catch Patrick Mahomes II?

We’ve come to the middle of another week football fans, which means that we’re not that far away from the upcoming slate of games. With regards to the league MVP, the players who were head and shoulders above the rest a week ago included front-runner Patrick Mahomes II, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers.

All three players led their respective teams to victory. However, did Rodgers and Wilson do enough to overtake Mahomes? Here’s a look at each where each player is ranked (according to Unibet) in the race for NFL MVP based on how they performed in Week 12.

Russell Wilson

Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Russell Wilson (+650). Last week (+300)

Early on, Wilson was the odds-on favorite to win his first MVP award. But following a tough stretch in which the Seahawks lost three times in four games, Wilson was demoted to the second spot on our weekly list. While he played reasonably well in the team’s 23-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles (completed 22 of 31 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown), Wilson’s stock continues to dip a bit and he has slid to the last spot on our weekly list. Although there are a few games left in the season, Wilson is going to have to play exceptionally down the stretch if he hopes to make up any ground in this race.

aaron rodgers

Second-Best NFL MVP Odds: Aaron Rodgers (+550). Last week (+500)

Mr. Discount Double Check had been in third place on our weekly list but has now jumped up to the No. 2 spot. Going into the Week 12 matchup against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers was on quite the roll. He had thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last three outings to go along with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. That trend continued against the Bears’ defense this past week. While he was limited to 211 yards, he added four more touchdowns – increasing his league-leading total to 33. Needless to say, Rodgers helped lead the Packers to an easy 41-25 win against their division rival. It will be interesting to see if he can catch the guy who plays opposite him in those State Farm commercials.

The NFL MVP Odds Favorite: Patrick Mahomes II (-400). Last week (-121)

Mahomes – who won the league MVP award in 2018 – continues to solidify his hold on the No. 1 spot on our weekly list. Following a slow start to the season, Mahomes has been on fire, to say the least. Over the past three games, he has thrown for at least 350 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns. But if you thought his recent stretch of solid play was a fluke, you’d be mistaken. In a showdown against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mahomes proved why he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league. In that contest, he completed 37 of 49 passes for a season-high 462 yards and three touchdowns. As long as the Chiefs’ offense continues playing at this level, Mahomes is on pace to win his second MVP award in three seasons.

Chiefs Sign Patrick Mahomes To Ten-Year Extension

Mega-Deal is reportedly worth $503 Million

It looks like Patrick Mahomes is going to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback for a long time. According to the NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed on a mega-deal that will keep the 24-year-old Quarterback in KC through the 2031 season. The NFL Network is reporting the deal is worth up to $503 million.

The contract extension is the largest in sports history. Mahomes is now the first athlete in history with a contract worth half-a-billion dollars. The contract also marks the first time an NFL player is the highest-paid athlete in the world of sports.

Patrick Mahomes has a 24-7 record in 31 starts. Mahomes was named MVP in his first season as a starter, throwing for 50 Touchdowns and over 5000 yards in 2018. Despite missing some time due to injury this past season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to an 11-3 record and a victory in Super Bowl LIV. He was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 286 passing yards and recording three total touchdowns.

NFL MVP Odds Longshots After the Cam Signing

By: Matt Watkins 

NFL MVP Odds Longshots Now That Cam is a Pat

Until Sunday, not much changed in the overall NFL MVP race since the end of the draft. Patrick Mahomes (+400) and Lamar Jackson (+700) are still the favorites. Tom Brady (+1600) is still receiving plenty of attention. Between his on field potential with the Bucs and his wrist slaps from the NFLPA and local authorities for his working out either with too many peoplein restricted places, or walking into the wrong person’s home, TB12 in TB is off to a bit of a rough start, but keeps him in the news.  

But there are others who have flown more under the radar. Those who have put together good seasons, maybe even MVP seasons before, but have been written off as past their prime, not a good fit, don’t play the right position. Guys who are capable of, if everything falls into place, snagging the league’s premier award. 

Aaron Rodgers (+3000) – If you’ve read anything I’ve written before, I spent a good portion of last season trying to figure out why Aaron Rodgers was being regarded as highly as he was heading into the year. I mused how a 34-year old quarterback, playing in a new offensive system for the first time in his NFL career, with a head coach he likely saw as a peer — not a coach — was considered one of the elite in the league. The numbers, especially early in the season bore out those thoughts.  

With the exception of a fantastic month of October, Aaron Rodgers looked more like Average Rodgers. Well, now enter 2020. He’s had a year to learn both Matt LaFleur’s system, as well as get a better understanding of their relationship as coach-QB. Add to that the drafting of what seems to be an apparent successor in Jordan Love and Rodgers may have found a new chip to glue onto his shoulder, which is when he plays at his best. If you’ve got it, taking a flyer on Rodgers as a safe buy to help diversify your portfolio.  

Does a New Contract Boost a Certain “Stars” NFL MVP Odds?

Dak Prescott (+1400) – I know, hold on a minute, how is anyone under +2000 a long shot? Look at the splits in his games against teams above .500 and below .500 and you can see why. You can also question the motivation he’ll have after getting franchised and making $31.4M this season, more than he probably ever thought he’d make as a fourth round pick. $37.7M, that’s why. That’s the guaranteed value of his contract NEXT season if Dallas tags him again. Extended contract (I hesitate to say long term since Dak apparently wants less years than the Cowboys), that’s why. There’s a lot to be said for someone who has started all 64 possible games in his NFL career through four seasons, but franchise tag or not, he’s still on a one-year deal.  

A good/great/MVP type season this year will force Dallas’ hand in a big way. The longshot aspect comes from his nagging inability thusfar to display success against those aforementioned quality teams. I’d be a little less interested in dropping some money on him until a month in when we have a chance to gauge how he’s played against the Texans, Rams, and Seahawks. Could that shift his money line away from your favor, yes, but it could also save you some $$ if he doesn’t play to hopes. 

Christian McCaffrey (+3300) – Ok, let’s be clear, he’s a running back, so he has basically no shot. Thing is, with as much ink (pixels? – you know since no one reads actual newspapers anymore) of coverage as he got last year, you’d never know it. He is a unique talent and someone who, if any running back will win the award, it’s him. He’ll get more than 2,000 yards combined rushing and receiving. He’ll catch 80 passes, especially now that he has a new QB that will need an escape valve as Teddy Bridgewater learns a new system.  

Superman is now a Patriot… If You Can Find a Line, Should You Pull on Superman’s Cape?

Cam Newton (NL) – What, you were expecting Jarrett Stidham here? I’ll say it right now, I am NOT a Cam Newton fan. It’s not for the dabbing, his fashion style in postgame press conferences, or him saying in pre-draft workouts that he wanted to be an icon before he’d ever played a down in the league. Honestly, for me it’s always been about the lack of personal accountability. It’s NEVER his fault. Someone was always against him. Someone always wanted to do him wrong. As soon as adversity arises, his path has been to shrink from responsibility.  

There’s a reason he’s here though. Even at 31 after foot and shoulder injuries, he’s still an amazing talent. Add to it that, regardless of whether you like the “Patriots’ Way” or not, Bill Belichick’s track record of reclamation projects of athletes who have been considered headaches or problems by the rest of the league is undeniable. Factor in a healthy offensive line and an offensive coordinator in Josh McDaniels who had enough imagination to create and manipulate one-on-one matchups to go 7-4 with Tim Tebow as a starter in Denver? This could be the beginning of Newton’s redemption arc.  

Other NFL MVP Odds Worth Monitoring

Kyler Murray (+1000) – Successful rookie season, now has DeAndre Hopkins to throw to, coach who loves to air it out, all good things to put up MVP numbers.  

DeShaun Watson (+1800) – Yes, Hopkins is gone and there’s no guarantee of a solid running game with David Johnson, but Watson’s offensive line is the best it’s been in his career and he grew up last season in learning to throw the ball away or tuck and run. Toss in that, as great as Hopkins is and Houston never should have dealt him, at least for so little, Watson’s best success has come with Will Fuller on the field. Fuller stays healthy, Watson will be fine.  

Drew Brees (+2500) – He’s an MVP candidate until he’s not, though we’ll see how that gets impacted by a fractured locker room.  

Aaron Donald (+10000) – Because I like having a defensive guy on the list. 33 sacks, 45 TFL, and six forced fumbles the last two seasons while playing all 32 games are as good credentials as you’ll find for anyone on that side of the ball. 

Sources: Cam Newton To Sign With Patriots

The “incentive-laden” deal is reportedly for one-year

It looks like the Pats have found Tom Brady’s successor. A little before 8:00 PM EST, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is “incentive-laden.”

This addition means that the Patriots have three Quarterbacks on the roster heading into this season. Newton will be competing with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the Pats’ starting job. Whoever ends up starting for New England will have big shoes to fill as he looks to be the successor to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

Cam Newton just turned 31 last month after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton had notable success after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished his tenure with Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in Quarterback Wins, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Rushing Touchdowns. Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he was named the NFL MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

Sources: Cam Newton To Sign With Patriots

The “incentive-laden” deal is reportedly for one-year

It looks like the Pats have found Tom Brady’s successor. A little before 8:00 PM EST, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is “incentive-laden.”

This addition means that the Patriots have three Quarterbacks on the roster heading into this season. Newton will be competing with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the Pats’ starting job. Whoever ends up starting for New England will have big shoes to fill as he looks to be the successor to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

Cam Newton just turned 31 last month after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton had notable success after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished his tenure with Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in Quarterback Wins, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Rushing Touchdowns. Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he was named the NFL MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

NFL Over Under Wins: NFC South Over Under Wins

By: Field Level Media 

Atlanta Falcons Over Under Wins: 

The NFC South isn’t a breeze, and plenty of tests dot the Atlanta slate start to finish. Going to Green Bay, Kansas City and Minnesota is a steep climb in nonconference play without considering the new and intense challenge of visiting Tampa Bay. Hitting .500 looks like a home run here. 

Atlanta Falcons 2020 schedule 

Sept. 13 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 20 at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 27 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 5 at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN) 

Oct. 11 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 18 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 25 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 29 at Carolina Panthers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Nov. 8 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. 


Nov. 22 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 29 vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m. 

Dec. 6 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

Dec. 13 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. 

Dec. 20 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

Dec. 27 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. 

Jan. 3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

2019 record: 7-9 

Last playoff appearance: 2017 

PointsBet over-under for Falcons wins: 7.5 

FLM projects: 7 wins 

Upset watch: It’s been a few moons since head coach Dan Quinn helped Pete Carroll build a Super Bowl defense in Seattle, and he knows where the weak spots are in Russell Wilson’s game. Seattle built a 24-0 lead at halftime when these teams met Week 8 last year, but the game finished as a one-possession result. 

Longshot wager: If the wheels come off for the Falcons — the schedule is rough, and an injury to Matt Ryan could spell doom, for example — PointsBet has installed Atlanta as a +3000 shot (11th-best odds) for the NFL’s worst record. Stranger things have happened. 

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Carolina Panthers Over Under Wins

The turnaround in Carolina could be more expeditious than national pundits are projecting, but 2020 isn’t going to bring a playoff aroma to the Panthers. Teddy Bridgewater helps stabilize an offense with an MVP candidate — Christian McCaffrey — front and center. First-year head coach Matt Rhule did everything possible to address his defense by investing each of the team’s draft picks on that side of the ball. The Panthers still don’t stack up from a talent and overall playmaking standpoint. 

Carolina Panthers 2020 schedule (all times ET) 

Sept. 13 vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 20 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 27 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. 

Oct. 4 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 11 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 18 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 25 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 29 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Nov. 8 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 15 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 22 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 29 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. 


Dec. 13 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. 

Week 15 at Green Bay Packers, TBD 

Dec. 27 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. 

Jan. 3 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

2019 record: 5-11 

Last playoff appearance: 2017 

PointsBet over-under for Panthers wins: 5.5 

FLM projects: 5 wins 

Upset watch: Close games could be the calling card of this team. They rank 18th in strength of schedule. We like their chances to tip the Chicago Bears because of what appears to be an offense without star power, but within the division, the New Orleans Saints are at risk in this matchup. Carolina typically keeps it close against New Orleans and fell just shy — 34-31 — of the upset last November. 

Longshot wager: McCaffrey is +4500 to win the NFL MVP award, and we get that he won’t likely win if the Panthers aren’t putting up Ws. But consider he will be in the running if he gets near 2,750 total yards and 25 touchdowns on a mediocre team. He posted 2,392-19 last season. 

New Orleans Saints Over Under Wins

NFC South division champs for three years running, the Saints still have the muscle to dominate, and the defense could be a tick better. Insurance behind Drew Brees now includes Jameis Winston, and running back Alvin Kamara is primed for a big year for a team that again made a stable offensive line a top priority. Drawing the Chiefs, Packers and 49ers at home is a huge advantage for New Orleans. 

New Orleans Saints 2020 schedule 

Sept. 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Sept. 21 at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Sept. 27 vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Oct. 4 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 12 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 


Oct. 25 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 1 at Chicago Bears, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Nov. 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Nov. 15 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Nov. 22 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 29 at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Dec. 6 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Dec. 25 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 4:30 p.m. ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Jan. 3 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 13-3 

Last playoff appearance: 2019 

PointsBet over-under for Saints wins: 10.5 

FLM projects: 11 wins 

Upset watch: Taking the show on the road has always been a variable for this offense. Going to Denver and Chicago could set the Saints up for tight games — if not losses — but even with Brees out, the Saints were 11-6-0 in 2019 against the spread. 

Longshot wager: The Saints have the fourth-best odds to finish the 2020 season undefeated. That’s probably not happening, but at 150-1, you can find worse ways to spend your wild-card cash. Compare the investment to the Chiefs and Ravens at 25-1. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Schedule

Underrated in the entire projection of the Buccaneers’ 2020 season is a defense that could be downright filthy. So many offensive weapons and arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time will drive a lot of attention, but Tampa’s defense will secure plenty of wins. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 schedule 

Sep. 13 at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Sep. 20 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Sep. 27 at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Oct. 8 at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFL Netwprl/Amazon**) 

Oct. 18 vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Oct. 25 at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m. ET 

Nov. 2 at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Nov. 8 vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Nov. 15 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 23 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Nov. 29 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET 


Dec. 13 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Week 16 at Detroit Lions, TBD 

Jan. 3 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 7-9 

Last playoff appearance: 2007 

PointsBet over-under for Buccaneers wins: 10 

FLM projects: 11 wins 

Upset watch: The Bucs were 5-9-2 against the spread last season, fourth-worst in the NFL, but that’s about to change unless expectations are astronomical. One game that will be watched around the world is the Chiefs visiting Raymond James Stadium in one of the headliners of the 2020 season. We like Tampa’s chances in an emotionally charged environment to post a Brady-driven victory.

Longshot wager: Shaquil Barrett is +3300 to claim Defensive Player of the Year honors, and the 27-year-old might be priced in the right spot at the moment. But if the Buccaneers are the offensive juggernaut many expect, seeing Barrett hit 17 or 18 sacks and racking up big plays is feasible. That puts him squarely in the DPOY conversation. 

–Field Level Media 

Coronavirus Update For 5/23/20

Here is the latest information we have to date regarding sports and COVID-19


Players’ Association Board Approves 24-Team Playoff Format

Yesterday, the executive board of the NHLPA elected to approve a 24-team playoff format, based on conference, for a potential restart of the 2019-20 season. The league is reportedly hoping that it can resume play this summer. The NHL paused the 2019-20 regular season back on March 12th.

Under the proposal, the top four seeds from both conferences will receive byes in the first round of the postseason. Also, the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will feature eight different best-of-five play-in series. These series will take place between the teams ranked five through 12 in both the East and the West Conference Standings.


League Talking About Resuming Play At Disney’s ESPN Complex

Earlier today, a spokesperson for the NBA said the league is discussing resuming the 2019-20 season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. NBA Spokesperson Mike Bass said that play would take place at the complex located in Orlando, Florida, and start sometime in July.

Bass said, “the NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing.” He continued by explaining the league’s main concerns at this time. “Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”

It is still unclear if the NBA will resume the 2019-20 regular season or jump right into the playoffs. ESPN says that the 220-acre complex should allow the league to restart play while also limiting outside exposure to the Coronavirus.


Players’ Union Asks For More Coronavirus Testing Than Proposed

On Thursday, the MLBPA gave management a response to a set of protocols that were proposed for the upcoming season regarding how the league will handle the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The union addressed issues like player protection, access to doctors, protocols for testing, and several other factors that influence that start of the 2020 season.

The Players’ Association is mainly focused on the availability of COVID-19 tests. According to ESPN, “the union wants more frequent testing than management’s proposed ‘multiple times per week.'” The league is expected to make an economic proposal to the players’ association over the next few days.


Mahomes Speaks At Texas Tech’s Virtual Commencement

Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes had the opportunity to speak at Texas Tech’s virtual commencement ceremony earlier today. His message to the graduates was simple, “go out and win your Super Bowl.”

Mahomes spoke to the 2020 Red Raiders’ graduating class for a little less than two minutes. One of the most important things he said was, “I know this isn’t the graduation ceremony that you and your families had envisioned, but that doesn’t change the outcome or all the hard work, long hours and sacrifices that you made to achieve this milestone… I know this is sure not how you imagined spending your last days as a student.” Texas Tech held its graduation ceremony virtually because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.


All Athletes Can Resume On-Campus Activities Starting June

Yesterday, the NCAA D-I Council announced that athletes from all sports can resume voluntary, on-campus workouts beginning on June 1st. The announcement means that all athletes can continue individual workouts as long as they abide by state and local health protocols.

This decision is not that surprising. On Wednesday, the organization said that athletes participating in football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball could resume voluntary workouts starting on June 1st.

Continue checking oddsusa.com for more updates on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

NFL MVP Odds Update After the NFL Draft

Tom Brady’s NFL MVP Odds with Gronk and the Bucs After the NFL Draft

By: Matt Watkins

I mean, we all knew it right? Gronk wouldn’t stay retired forever.  

But the fact that the Patriots would send him to Tampa Bay for a relatively low return of a fourth round pick, that might be the surprise. As we’ve noted before Bill Belichick has never been afraid to let go of big-name players when he feels they’ve outlived their usefulness to the team, but some of these moves are dome scratchers.  

Ok, so moving on from the shock of everything, in the football analysis of the situation, the move to pick up Rob Gronkowski, combined with their draft makes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a very chic pick in the NFC and can only help to bolster Tom Brady’s MVP odds.

Patrick Mahomes
Aaron Rodgers
Allen, Josh
Russell Wilson
Matt Stafford
Tom Brady
Dak Prescott
Deshaun Watson
Tannehill, Ryan
Carson Wentz
Winston, Jameis
Kirk Cousins
Matt Ryan
Derek Carr
Alvin Kamara
Ben Roethlisberger
DeAndre Hopkins
Adams, Davante
Taysom Hill
Jared Goff
Barkley, Saquon
Jimmy Garoppolo
Julio Jones
Ezekiel Elliott
Travis Kelce
Mitch Trubisky
Tyreek Hill
Smith, Alex
Keenan Allen
Leonard Fournette
Austin Ekeler
Sanders, Miles
Melvin Gordon

A couple of facts to that argument: The Bucs already had a strong receiving corps, but didn’t really have that third down target who could get eight yards over the middle. Add in the guy who has filled that role for Brady in the past 10 seasons and you have a much more complete offense. Add in one of the top tackles in the draft in the first round to help protect Brady and all of a sudden, on paper there aren’t too many holes for TB.  

If there is one concern here, it is the expectations for Gronkowski. He had to miss significant amounts of time in the last few seasons he played due to injury, specifically to his back. To expect him to be much more than a third down receiver or sometimes a two-down tight end, save for in the red zone or two minute drill is asking a lot. That said, the threat of what he can do in those spots is enough to make defensive coordinators everywhere cringe. 

Why Cashing in Now on NFL MVP Odds Might be Smart

MVP lines haven’t moved much in the last few weeks and likely won’t until at least the preseason, so Tom Brady’s NFL MVP odds are still at +1600, ahead of Drew Brees, Dak Prescott, Kyler Murray, Carson Wentz, and Aaron Rogers, while still trailing Lamar Jackson (+600), Patrick Mahomes (NFL MVP Odds favorite: +400) and Russell Wilson (+700). That said, there were some interesting notes coming out of the draft (and the week or two beforehand) that are worth keeping an eye on… 

  • The Ravens picked up J.K. Dobbins in the second round. Built like a bowling ball, he can run downhill with the best of them, but has the shiftiness and acceleration to get to the outside and turn the corner. Adding someone with his skill set to an already devastating RPO game will only help Jackson going forward. He’ll also benefit from picking up Devin Duvernay in the fourth round. He’s a project who will need some work, but his speed and ability to stretch the field will give defenses pause.  
  • Well, it was draft season, which means it was time for Bill O’Brien to lose his damn mind. Again. Fragile is the ego of the coach/GM who feels the need to deal away anyone who he sees as a threat to his authority and who also has to prove he’s the smartest guy in the room. That’s the only way you can justify dealing DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson and a second round pick. Houston’s loss is Kyler Murray’s gain now in the desert as Hopkins provides a bonafide top target for a rising star to throw to.  
  • Did anyone pay attention to the Raiders in this draft? They’re not that far (2016) removed from a 12-4 season and showed what Derek Carr could do when he had weapons to work with (namely Amari Cooper that year). Well, for their first year in Vegas, they provided Carr with Henry Ruggs, Lynn Bowden, and Bryan Edwards. That trio will compliment Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, and Hunter Renfrow in making the Raiders a team to watch in the AFC West. 
  • If you have read my stuff before, you know I like to find the sleeper candidate. There’s no question that Phillip Rivers is a bridge to Tony Eason in Indianapolis and to look at him as much more than a game manager at this point in his career could be asking too much, and, let’s face it, game managers don’t win MVP awards. Except if anyone doesn’t see Rivers as a game manager, its Rivers. Even in his age 36 and 37 seasons, he threw for more than 8,800 yards and 60 touchdowns. He’s working with a coach in Frank Reich who, as an offensive coordinator, had Carson Wentz on an MVP trajectory and then won a Super Bowl with Nick Foles. Add in a receiver like Michael Pittman, and stud running back Jonathan Taylor to compliment Marlon Mack, plus a tight end on the roster in Jack Doyle and Rivers has a chance for a season resembling something close to his 2009 campaign.