It was a relatively quiet week in the NFL. But there’s always enough going on in the National Football League for an update. Check out what happened this past week in the most popular sports league in the U.S. along with some NFL Odds and Updated Super Bowl Odds!
NFL Update – June 1st Edition2021 Super Bowl
- When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
- Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
2021 Super Bowl Odds
- Kansas City Chiefs +500
- Baltimore Ravens +500
- San Francisco 49ers +825
- New England Patriots +2800
- New Orleans Saints +1000
- Pittsburgh Steelers +2500
- Dallas Cowboys +1700
- A. Chargers +5500
- Green Bay Packers +3500
- Seattle Seahawks +2100
- Philadelphia Eagles +2300
- A. Rams +3800
- Cleveland Browns +2700
- Minnesota Vikings +3300
- A. Raiders +8000
- Indianapolis Colts +2100
- Tennessee Titans +3000
- Houston Texans +9500
- Chicago Bears +6600
- Atlanta Falcons +4500
- Buffalo Bills +2100
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +900
- Denver Broncos +6000
- Carolina Panthers +18000
- New York Giants +14500
- New York Jets +10000
- Detroit Lions +9000
- Arizona Cardinals +5500
- Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
- Cincinnati Bengals +10000
- Miami Dolphins +8000
- Washington Redskins +10000
NFL gets rid of pass interference rule review
The New Orleans Saints failed to make it to the Super Bowl a couple of years ago due to a non-pass interference call. So much outrage existed afterwards that the league allowed coaches to ask for reviews of pass interference non-calls.
But after a full regular season where few coaches took advantage of the new rule, owners scrapped it. In reality, the rule sounded fair enough.
If a coach felt a receiver had gotten interfered with, the coach could ask a referee to take a look. On the field, though, it made no sense.
Pass interference has always been a subjective call. Why? It’s almost never obvious if interference happened. In the case of the Saints non-call in the NFC Championship loss to the Rams, yes, that was obvious.
But that obvious non-call was an anomaly. Also, the rule tried to force something to happen that didn’t happen. Every other NFL replay review is almost always in reverse.
Something happened and teams want to overturn the call on the field. They don’t want to force a call that didn’t happen on the field.
Good riddance to the interference rule review.
Mahomes, Lamar, and Brady offer less than +1000 odds to win NFL MVP
Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Tom Brady offer less than 10-to-1 odds to win the NFL MVP.
Kansas City Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes offers the lowest odds. Mahomes’ odds are +350. The Chiefs could be better this season than last season. It makes sense that the 2018 NFL MVP is favored to win the 2020 hardware.
2019’s most valuable player, Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson, is at +650. That’s almost double Mahomes’ odds.
Lamar’s odds to get the repeat also makes sense. Defenses should have better plans to stop Jackson. That’s why the odds are higher than Patrick’s. But even the best laid plans may not stop one of the most electrifying quarterbacks the league has ever seen.
So, Mahomes and Jackson offer odds that make sense. But what about the +850 on Tom Brady?
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Brady was a great quarterback. To accept +850 odds on terrific Tom, though, we must assume that he will improve from his 2019 stats.
It unlikely he will. We’ve seen this story unfold before. Although quarterbacks switching teams late in their careers have had success taking their new teams to the playoffs, they haven’t played well enough to win NFL MVP.
Peyton Manning won the MVP in his first season as a Denver Bronco. But Peyton left because the Colts had drafted Andrew Luck. In addition, Peyton didn’t skip to Colorado off a horrible season.
Brett Favre took the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship. He didn’t play well enough to win the 2009 NFL MVP.
Joe Montana took the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs. He didn’t play well enough in 1993 or 1994 to win NFL MVP.
In Brady’s last ten performances of the season, he completed less than 60% of his passes in eight of them. He completed 55.2% of his passes versus Miami in Week 17. Against the Titans in the playoffs, he completed 54.1% of his passes.
It’s obvious Tom has lost something.
That makes Brady a massive underlay to win NFL MVP.
So far, so good with NFL training facility openings
In the past couple of weeks, many teams in the league have opened training facilities. So far, so good.
No NFL team has said anything about coronavirus testing or whether players have tested positive. Also, training camp dates are unchanged. As always, training camps should open in mid to late July.
The NFL is on track to start the regular season on time.
Have a great week!