The NFL finally got hit by the coronavirus that’s rocked the rest of the sports world. Okay. Not really, but they thought they did. Below, we explain. We also provide an update from training camps. Check out what happened last week in the National Football League so you can start planning ahead your bets for the start of the season against their NFL odds!
NFL COVID-19 Update – August 25th Edition
2021 Super Bowl LV
- When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
- Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
2021 Super Bowl Odds
- Kansas City Chiefs +600
- Baltimore Ravens +650
- San Francisco 49ers +850
- New England Patriots +1200
- New Orleans Saints +1000
- Pittsburgh Steelers +2200
- Dallas Cowboys +1400
- L.A. Chargers +4000
- Green Bay Packers +2500
- Seattle Seahawks +1750
- Philadelphia Eagles +2000
- L.A. Rams +5500
- Cleveland Browns +3000
- Minnesota Vikings +2800
- L.A. Raiders +5000
- Indianapolis Colts +2000
- Tennessee Titans +3000
- Houston Texans +5500
- Chicago Bears +4000
- Atlanta Falcons +3300
- Buffalo Bills +2200
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +850
- Denver Broncos +4000
- Carolina Panthers +10000
- New York Giants +10000
- New York Jets +9000
- Detroit Lions +6500
- Arizona Cardinals +4000
- Jacksonville Jaguars +17500
- Cincinnati Bengals +10000
- Miami Dolphins +7000
- Washington Football Team +12500
NFL says coronavirus false positives a “rare event”
Per NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills, the seventy-seven coronavirus false positives that popped up over the weekend is a rare event that should have no impact during the regular season.
BioReference, the company that’s providing testing for the NFL, said the false positives resulted from contamination in a New Jersey lab.
The league retested all seventy-seven individuals. All seventy-seven tested negative and were able to return to their team facilities.
Since the NFL started training camps, BioReference has administered 109,075 tests. The positive rate for non-players is .46 percent. The positive rate for players is .81 percent.
Some are worried that false positives will lead to teams having to cancel games. If players are asymptomatic, they must test negative twice within 24-hours before being allowed to play.
That could make it tough for players to travel to visiting cities for weekend games if the false positive happens late in the week.
BioReference believes in their testing facilities. The weekend shows, though, that belief doesn’t always equate to reality.
Mahomes +350 chalk to win NFL MVP
2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes is a +350 chalk to regain the hardware this season. One of the reasons? Lamar Jackson, the +700 second choice, has a groin injury.
Groin injuries are notoriously difficult to get past. The season starts in about 2 ½ weeks, which means Lamar may still be hobbled when the Ravens battle the Cleveland Browns. It’s tough to recommend backing Jackson at the low odds.
A couple of players we could get behind are Kyler Murray at +1400 and Drew Brees at +2000.
It’s hard to believe but the man who owns ten NFL records and a Super Bowl has never won the Most Valuable Player award. Could this be Drew Brees’ year?
Supposedly, Brees’ arm looks as alive as ever. Not only that, but Michael Thomas is the best wide receiver in the NFL. Also, Brees has a ton of other weapons, including “I’ll catch anything thrown my way” Emanuel Sanders.
Murray threw for 20 touchdowns and 3,722 yards his rookie season. He also rushed for 544 yards, a 5.8 per carry average, and scored 4 rushing touchdowns.
The man is a dynamo on the Lamar Jackson level. Also, Murray gets to throw to DeAndre Hopkins and hand the ball off to Kenyan Drake. That should help Kyler take the next step.
Both Brees and Murray deserve a look as NFL MVP.
Have a great week!