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2020 NFL Offseason Update: Draft Odds and More

No matter what happens, the 2020 NFL season is going to be different than anything we’ve ever seen. The ongoing coronavirus epidemic has yet to impact the league’s upcoming schedule (for the most part, as we’ll explain shortly), so the usual offseason NFL betting lines are available right now at Bovada Sportsbook. But even if they manage to start the regular season on September 10 as planned, we’ll be entering a whole new world of football.

That’s because the league and the NFL Players Association have agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement. There will be 14 playoff teams this year instead of 12, with team rosters expanding from 53 players to 55 – good thing, because starting in 2021, they’ll be playing 17 regular-season games instead of 16. And on top of that, 2020 will be the debut season for the Las Vegas Raiders. This is the second time the Raiders have left Oakland behind; will it be the last?


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NFL Offseason Update: The Joe Burrow Show

Joe Burrow was the Big Man on Campus last year. He came out of nowhere to lead the Louisiana State Tigers to college football’s National Championship, earning the Heisman Trophy along the way. Now Burrow is property of the Cincinnati Bengals (2-14 SU, 6-10 ATS in 2019), who made him the No. 1 selection in last week’s NFL Draft. Too bad about the demotion.

Making fun of the Bengals is like shooting fish in a barrel. This franchise has won zero titles despite solid some excellent quarterbacks – guys like Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Carson Palmer, and yes, Andy Dalton. Burrow looks like the real thing, but he’s almost certainly not going to win another championship this year. Even after the draft, the Bengals find themselves near the bottom of Bovada’s Super Bowl odds odds list at +8000. And the NFL betting lines at press time suggest Burrow will be put through the wringer during his rookie campaign.

NFL Season Props

This isn’t Baton Rouge anymore. Unless second-year head coach Zac Taylor is willing to embrace LSU’s spread offense – which he might, given his short and varied coaching background – Burrow’s raw numbers are bound to decline in 2020. The NFL odds board at Bovada has Burrow’s over/under for rookie passing touchdowns at 21.5 (with the Over at –130), and for passing yards at 3,700.5 (with the Under at –150).

Those aren’t dismal numbers by any means. Dalton, who inherited a 4-12 team when he was drafted 35th overall in 2011, threw for 3,398 yards and 20 touchdowns as a rookie. He also “game managed” well, and with Cincinnati making big improvements on defense, the Bengals went 9-7 and made the playoffs – enough to earn Dalton the first of his three Pro Bowl invitations. But he was a distant second to Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton for AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Something similar could happen this year. Burrow is the +250 favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year for 2020, and he’s expected to start right off the bat; however, the Miami Dolphins also have a promising rookie pivot in Tua Tagovailoa (+750 on the < href="">NFL lines), and new Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey loves mobile QBs – plus, they took OT Austin Jackson at No. 18 overall to help protect their new investment. The big question: Is Tagovailoa’s surgically-repaired right hip up to the task?

NFL Specials

Maybe not. In addition to our long list of season props, Bovada Sportsbook is proud to offer some tasty specials that you won’t find anywhere on the NFL Vegas odds – including this Tua Tagovailoa special: Will he start Game 1 of the 2020 regular season? “No” is the –290 favorite, with Tagovailoa still recovering from November’s gruesome injury, and Ryan Fitzpatrick still under contract for one more year. That could give Burrow the head start he needs to win the ROY. You’ll find all these props and specials on the NFL betting board at Bovada, so keep hitting that refresh button for the latest odds.

*Odds as of April 30th, 2020

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