NFL training camps continued last week. August 6 was the due date for players to opt-out of the season. Now that the due date is in the rearview mirror, we can get to thinking about September 10. Check out our National Football League update so you can set down your bets against their NFL odds!
NFL COVID-19 Update – August 18th Edition
2021 Super Bowl
- When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
- Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
2021 Super Bowl Odds
- Kansas City Chiefs +600
- Baltimore Ravens +650
- San Francisco 49ers +850
- New England Patriots +1200
- New Orleans Saints +1000
- Pittsburgh Steelers +2200
- Dallas Cowboys +1400
- L.A. Chargers +4000
- Green Bay Packers +2500
- Seattle Seahawks +1750
- Philadelphia Eagles +2000
- L.A. Rams +5500
- Cleveland Browns +3000
- Minnesota Vikings +2800
- L.A. Raiders +5000
- Indianapolis Colts +2000
- Tennessee Titans +3000
- Houston Texans +5500
- Chicago Bears +4000
- Atlanta Falcons +3300
- Buffalo Bills +2200
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +850
- Denver Broncos +4000
- Carolina Panthers +10000
- New York Giants +10000
- New York Jets +9000
- Detroit Lions +6500
- Arizona Cardinals +4000
- Jacksonville Jaguars +17500
- Cincinnati Bengals +10000
- Miami Dolphins +7000
- Washington Football Team +12500
NFL’s most impactful opt-out players
This week, it makes sense to consider how players that opted out will affect their team’s chances of success this season.
Usually in our Covid-19 update, we’d discuss how the NFL is planning to prevent mass positives. Now that MLB has gotten past what appeared to be a dire situation with the St. Louis Cardinals, we can breathe a sigh of relief because the league’s plan to start the season mirrors MLB’s more than the NBA’s or NHL’s.
Players that opted out received either $350,000 or $150,000 depending on the reason they opted out.
See below for which of those players will have the biggest impact on their football team.
E.J. Gaines – Gaines may have started at cornerback. The secondary took a big hit when Gaines decided to sit out the season.
DT Star Lotulelei – The Bills wanted Star to play a key role along the defensive line. Without Star, will the Bills get to Patriots’ quarterback Cam Newton?
DT Eddie Goldman – Eddie had started 46 games in the past 3 seasons. So, yes, his decision to sit out could impact Chicago’s defense in a major way.
Offensive Line – Four Cleveland offensive linemen have opted out as well as DT Andrew Billings. Cleveland can get past losing Billings and one of the four offensive linemen. But losing all four linemen destroys Cleveland’s depth along the line.
New England Patriots
S Patrick Chung – Chung is a huge part of the Patriots’ defense. He’s counted on to do a lot of things, which means Bill Belichick must rework the defensive game plan.
LB Dont’a Hightower – This one had to sting. Hightower was Bill’s quarterback on defense. Without him, who will call the shots?
New York Giants
OT Nate Solder – The Giants drafted Andrew Thomas. But the offseason before, they spent big money on Solder, who had played at New England. All Giants fans can do is cross their fingers.
New York Jets
LB C.J. Moseley – Moseley opting out is a massive, huge, loss for the New York Jets. The Jets weren’t going to win the Super Bowl. Now, they won’t have a chance at a wildcard.
San Francisco 49ers
WR Travis Benjamin – One of San Francisco’s biggest issues is on offense. They don’t have a lot of depth at wide receiver. Benjamin is a solid player who could have line up wide or in the slot.
Patriots should be okay but Cleveland is a different story
Although the Patriots and Browns have taken big hits, most NFL teams appears perfectly okay after the opt-out deadline passed.
We must assume Bill Belichick already has a plan in place for his defense. The Cleveland Browns are another story.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield is shaky as it is. It’s a make or break season for Mayfield. Now, the Browns are scrambling to put together an offensive line that will protect the former Heisman Trophy winner.
If you like the Browns, it’s probably best to see what happens in Week 1 before backing them in the futures or against the spread.
Have a great week!