NFL Odds: Cam Newton Overwhelming Favorite to Start Week 1 For Patriots

Oddsmakers seem to think it's the former NFL MVP's job to lose

Brian Good
Thu, July 2, 1:03 PM

With everyone keeping an eye on the New England Patriots QB situation following the signing of Cam Newton, not a whole lot is known how they plan to use the former Pro Bowler.

But, at least one bookmaker is confident that Newton will step into the starting quarterback role immediately.

According to DraftKings, Newton is -400 to start Week 1 of the regular season for the Patriots, implying an 80% chance.

Former favorite to start Week 1, Jarrett Stidham, has gone from odds-on to +300 since the Newton signing. Those odds give an implied probability of just 25%.

The Patriots spent the entire offseason ranting and raving about how much they love Stidham, only to go out and sign Newton.

It’s hard to argue with the logic here for Belichick and company. Newton was by far the best QB left in free agency, a former NFL MVP and an explosive game changer with his arm and legs when healthy.

Meanwhile, Stidham has attempted just four passes and thrown an interception and zero touchdowns.

Third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer is a +3300 longshot to start Week 1, which would seemingly only come into play due to injuries.

The Patriots start the season at home against Miami on September 13 at 1:00 pm ET, and are favored by 6.5.

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