Coronavirus (COVID-19) NFL Update – April 21th Edition

Coronavirus (COVID-19) NFL Update – April 21th Edition

Written by on April 20, 2020

Because the NFL doesn’t start their regular season until September, most sports analysts haven’t talked about them in the same breath as the NHL, NBA, and MLB. Makes sense because the National Football League has plenty of months to get ready for the season. They don’t even start real training camp until late July or early August. With that being written, we must start thinking NFL this week. Why? It’s the NFL Draft! See our update!

NFL Update – April 21st Update

 2021 Super Bowl
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
  • Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

2021 Super Bowl Odds

  • Kansas City Chiefs +450
  • Baltimore Ravens +600
  • San Francisco 49ers +800
  • New England Patriots +2500
  • New Orleans Saints +1000
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +2500
  • Dallas Cowboys +2000
  • Seattle Seahawks +1800
  • Philadelphia Eagles +2000
  • A. Rams +3500
  • Cleveland Browns +4000
  • Minnesota Vikings +3000
  • Las Vegas Raiders +4000
  • Indianapolis Colts +2800
  • Tennessee Titans +2200
  • Houston Texans +5000
  • Chicago Bears +3000
  • Atlanta Falcons +4500
  • Buffalo Bills +2000
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1100
  • Denver Broncos +5000
  • Carolina Panthers +10000
  • New York Giants +12500
  • New York Jets +9000
  • Detroit Lions +9000
  • Arizona Cardinals +4500
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +18000
  • Cincinnati Bengals +15000
  • Miami Dolphins +8000
  • Washington Redskins +18000

Coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t affect start of 2020-2021 NFL Season

A couple of weeks ago, President Trump echoed what every American in the United States hopes for, that the coronavirus pandemic wouldn’t affect the start of the 2020-2021 NFL Season. Trump doesn’t think the pandemic will do that.

NFL Executives haven’t said much about the coronavirus. Early on, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton contracted the virus. He quickly recovered. Outside of Payton, most sports-related discussion around the coronavirus has revolved around basketball, baseball, and hockey.

So much has happened for those sports that most aren’t paying attention to the NFL. That ends this week, though. The National Football League won’t suspend the NFL Draft. Round 1 happens on Thursday, April 23.

NFL Draft will happen via a giant conference call

The league had a test run on Monday. Although there was an issue early on because most executives hadn’t put their phones on mute, Denver Broncos Team President John Elway said, “The draft went smooth. It got off to a little bit of a hiccup when we first started, but other than that I thought it went smooth. There were no problems with it, so we got more comfortable with it. So, it should be fine and go on without a glitch — I’m sure there will be a couple of glitches here and there — but actually for the first time I thought it went pretty well.”

2020 should be one of the most interesting drafts in recent memory. Not just because the pandemic has forced the NFL to run it via a conference call. The Cincinnati Bengals with the top pick should draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, but DE Chase Young is a once in a generation, sure-fire hall of fame, player.

Will the Bengals go with Young or draft Burrow? There’s also Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s situation. The Crimson Tide player is the second-best signal caller in the draft. But Tua has a history of injuries. Plus, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, the Fins are the first team to pick that need a quarterback, has stated he’s worried about Tua’s injury-history.

Will Miami pass on Tagovailoa? Trade the pick? Go with Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert? So many questions. You can wager on the NFL Draft if you’ve got strong opinions.

Major shift in 2021 Super Bowl Odds

One final update started a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t see the full affect until this week. Tom Brady, the GOAT per more than one NFL fan, jumped ship. Terrific Tom has taken his cleats to Tampa Bay to play in Bruce Arians’ offensive system.

That sent the Patriots’ Super Bowl odds skyrocketing from around +500 to +2500. The Bucs’ Vince Lombardi Trophy odds dived to +1100. Tampa has talent other than Brady. But they must find someone to protect the GOAT in the draft or all will be lost.

Make sure to get Super Bowl wagers in before the draft. The NFL Draft tends to change odds. So, make sure you get pre-NFL Draft odds on the team you like to win the 2021 Super Bowl.