Bettors Tap Joe Burrow and Bill Belichick as Rookie, Coach of the Year Favorites

Jesse Pantuosco
May 02, 2020 - 2:09 pm
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Vegas wasn’t too bullish on Joe Burrow’s Heisman chances a year ago, installing the LSU quarterback as a 200-1 longshot to win college football’s most prestigious honor. The sharps won’t make that mistake again. Burrow opened as a 3-1 favorite for NFL Rookie of the Year honors, followed by his former LSU teammate Clyde Edwards-Helaire (11-2 odds), now of the Kansas City Chiefs. Caesars Sportsbook isn’t as high on Tua Tagovailoa (10-1) or Justin Herbert (30-1), the next two quarterbacks drafted after Burrow went first overall to the Cincinnati Bengals. Bettors don’t have much faith in Jordan Love (200-1), which is understandable with future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers still entrenched as Green Bay’s starting quarterback.

Caesars has also released odds for NFL Coach of the Year with Bill Belichick—a three-time Coach of the Year recipient—leading the pack as a 7-1 favorite. Belichick has his work cut out for him with New England still shaken from a mass offseason exodus that included Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski, Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy among other notable departures.

The second favorite for Coach of the Year isn’t who you’d expect. Mike McCarthy, who spent last year out of the league after getting pink-slipped by the Packers, is right on Belichick’s tail at 9-1 odds. Clearly the sharps see McCarthy as an upgrade for the Cowboys, who recently threw in the towel on perennial underachiever Jason Garrett (now serving as offensive coordinator for the rival Giants). Packers coach Matt LaFleur, fresh off a 13-3 debut season in cheese country, isn’t getting much love from the gambling community. He’s tied for the lowest Coach of the Year odds at 100-1.

Caesars has dozens of other props available to bet on including Lamar Jackson rushing yards (the over/under is set at 999.5), Patrick Mahomes passing yards (4,499.5) and Odell Beckham touchdown receptions (seven). Per ESPN’s Doug Kezirian, this is the first time Nevada Gaming has allowed wagers on either NFL Coach or Rookie of the Year. Elsewhere, Chase Young has emerged as the front-runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year with William Hill Sportsbook installing him as an early 7-2 favorite. Isaiah Simmons of the Cardinals is a distant second, with 8-1 odds of winning the award.

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