Mac Jones Overtakes Trevor Lawrence as Rookie of the Year Betting Favorite

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  • Mac Jones is the new OROY betting favorite at +350 at the BetOnline App.
  • Jones’ odds began to move up after he was named as the New England starter at the end of last month.
  • No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence, who has held the top spot in the odds board for the most part of the offseason is now second at +500.

Mac Jones is the new betting favorite to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award after the opening week of the 2021 NFL season.

Drafted 15th overall, Jones was the last of the five quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. But after getting named as New England starter and playing his first NFL game, he has stood out among his peers.

In August, FanDuel had Jones at +1000 and in the fifth spot with his fellow rookie QBs occupying the top spot. But when the Patriots cut Cam Newton at the end of August, Jones saw his odds surge to +450. Now, Jones has temporarily dislodged Trevor Lawrence on top of the mountain at the end of week 1:

Jones’ odds didn’t change much although it improved from +450 to +350 at FanDuel. However, it was Lawrence who took a couple of steps back as his odds faded from +350 to +500 after opening week.

Lawrence Throws Three Interceptions

Lawrence threw for 332 yards in his first NFL start, the 4th most in a debut in NFL history. He also had three TD passes but then had three interceptions as well. Throwing 3 TDs is no easy fluke in your first NFL game but he’s done that countless times before. Throwing 3 interceptions meanwhile, isn’t ordinary too. For Lawrence, that’s something he never did in college and according to him, something he’s never done before in his life.

Jacksonville entered their opening game as the -176 chalk at the Moneyline and a -3.5 point spread favorites. However, they fell behind right from the opening quarter where they trailed 0-14 and were already down 20 at the half 7-27. Lawrence’s three TD passes came one each in the 2nd to 4th quarters but the Texans, who have the worst odds to win the Super Bowl were already comfortably ahead when Lawrence went on the offensive.

As a result, Jacksonville now has the second-worst odds to win Super Bowl LVI and they are tied with the Texans and Jets at +20000 with only the Detroit Lions having worse odds than them at +25000 via the BetOnline App. Consequently, Lawrence’s OROY odds also took a fall. BetOnline also has Lawrence listed at +500 while his longest odds can be found at Bet365 where he is now pegged at +600. The Caesars Sportsbook has Lawrence at +550.

Mac Jones Impressive in His Debut

Mac Jones meanwhile did everything except getting the win. The first rookie to start in New England since Drew Bledsoe in 1993, Jones completed 29 of 39 passes for 281 yards with one touchdown and no interception. His 74.4% completion rate is the highest ever in a rookie debut in the NFL. But more than those, it was Jones’ composure and calmness against a Miami defense that was outstanding last season.

Breaking down Jones’ performance, he was 14-18 with 112 yards against the blitz, 14-19 for 102 yards when under pressure, and 8-12 for 89 yards on third downs or a 66% conversion rate. The Patriots were -3.5 points spread and -182 Moneyline favorites entering the game and it was a close affair throughout. A fumble by Damien Harris in the fourth ultimately cost them the game. But if there was any positive from that defeat, it was Mac Jones.

Jones is also currently listed at +350 at the BetOnline App while he is both at +450 at the Caesars Sportsbook and Bet365. Jones is likewise at +350 at BetMGM with Lawrence chasing him at +450. The Patriots’ rookie is at +400 via DraftKings with Lawrence at +500 and his longest odds are at BetRivers and Unibet where he and Lawrence are knotted up at +500 each.

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