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For the first time in years, there are more viable NFL quarterbacks than there are starting positions. The list of them on the market got larger this week after the Cincinnati Bengals released Andy Dalton. Fox Bet released the following odds for Dalton’s Week 1 team:
- New England Patriots, -125
- Jacksonville Jaguars, +140
- Pittsburgh Steelers, +700
- Washington Redskins, +2800
- Las Vegas Raiders, +3500
Pittsburgh, with those odds, is an intriguing bet. Ben Roethlisberger’s precarious health is a concern and last season proved the team should have dire concerns about its backup position. Neither Mason Rudolph nor Devlin Hodges (outside of his nickname) showed anything in 2019 to indicate they are feasible options. The Steelers’ roster, led by an athletic defense, is good enough to make the playoffs with decent quarterback play. Dalton is fully capable of bringing that if Big Ben once again misses games. I kind of like it, guys.
Rumors of the Jaguars picked up steam moments after his release. Dalton’s best years came when Jay Gruden was his offensive coordinator, his current role in Jacksonville. Dalton and Gruden made the playoffs each of their three seasons together. Nick Foles is gone and the jury is still out on Gardner Minshew. The issue with this bet is the Jags have given us every reason to suspect they are tanking. They have gotten rid of so many key players and are almost universally ranked as the 32nd team in all the post-draft power rankings. If Minshew needs to be replaced, Jacksonville very well could prefer losing games with Jake Luton to better its chances for the first-overall pick. The race for the worst record could get fierce this season with Trevor Lawrence eligible to enter the draft.
It’s no surprise that the Patriots are favored here. Dalton is just the type of average that Bill Belichick is probably looking for on his quest to prove he, not Tom Brady, was the reason for the dynasty. Unless, of course, he thinks signing Dalton would ruin his offseason of trolling with his refusal to address the position. There is that to consider before risking your money.
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