- BetOnline has updated Super Bowl 54 odds for all 32 NFL teams following Week 2
- New Orleans and Pittsburgh suffered devastating injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger
- The Saints (+2000) and Steelers (+6600) title hopes are on life support as a result
In a sport where quarterback play is everything, NFL teams are only ever one injury away from being irrelevant. After an especially cruel Week 2 downed two of the league’s elder statesmen at the position, this season’s Super Bowl odds have seen their first major shakeup.
With the medical reports still rolling in, let’s look at BetOnline to see how things have changed.
ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL 54
|New England Patriots||+350|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+700|
|Los Angeles Rams||+700|
|Green Bay Packers||+1200|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+2000|
|New Orleans Saints||+2000|
|San Francisco 49ers||+2000|
|New York Jets||+10000|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+10000|
|New York Giants||+15000|
SAINTS & STEELERS SUPER BOWL ODDS PLUMMET
Drew Brees’ thumb injury caused New Orleans’ Super Bowl odds to slip from 8/1 to 20/1. Whether you take the discounted price depends on if you believe they can survive six weeks with Teddy Bridgewater behind center.
Over the next month-and-a-half, the Saints will play: at Seahawks, Cowboys, Bucs, at Jags, at Bears, Cardinals. You can probably find at least three wins in there given the overall strength of their defense and Sean Payton’s ability to scheme big plays and get Teddy prepared.
Either Drew Brees or Big Ben have led the NFL in passing yards in 6 of the last 8 seasons (they tied in 2014).
The last time both QBs didn’t play in the same week was Week 17 of 2004, which was Roethlisberger’s rookie season and Brees’ 4th NFL season with the Chargers. pic.twitter.com/1cN5OGpGkV
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 16, 2019
The NFC South also hasn’t been too impressive as a whole, so 9-7 or 10-6 might be good enough to win the division. It’s a risky bet, but it could pay off in a big way if Brees returns after the team’s Week 9 bye week with the Saints at 4-4.
It’s a different story in Pittsburgh where Ben Roethlisberger will undergo elbow surgery and miss the rest of the season. (If you listen closely enough, you can almost hear crazy Antonio Brown chuckling in the distance).
While Big Ben’s placement Mason Rudolph performed admirably in relief (12-of-19 for 112 yards with 2 TDs), the Steelers are obviously no longer in the Super Bowl discussion.
COWBOYS & RAVENS ON THE RISE
Dak Prescott is going to be one rich man. In the midst of a contract negotiation, the 26-year-old threw three more touchdowns against the Redskins on Sunday and is quickly emerging as a MVP candidate in Kellen Moore’s new-look attack.
The Cowboys have already scored nine offensive touchdowns through two weeks; it took them until Week 6 to do that last season.
Two weeks in and @dak is on ?? pic.twitter.com/S2aJZoxTKd
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 15, 2019
Lamar Jackson has been every bit as impressive in Baltimore. Following up his five-touchdown performance against Miami in Week 1, the former Heisman Trophy winner passed for 272 yards and two scores versus Arizona, adding 120 yards with his legs.
After facing two of the worst defenses in the NFL, the question is whether the Ravens actually have one the scariest offenses in the league or if it’s all a mirage.
All I know is that some network TV executive needs to be fired for not having Baltimore’s Week 3 game against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in primetime.