Cam Newton Tests Positive for COVID-19
On Saturday, news broke that Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
Newton has completed 68.13% of his passes this season for 714 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. His mark of 7.9 yards per attempt are the most he’s had for a season since 2012. He also has four rushing touchdowns on the year.
Obviously, Newton will miss this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The primary concern is Newton’s health. In the midst of an amazing start to the season after being run out of Carolina, seeing one of the league’s most likeable players contract the virus is terrible news.
But what does it mean for the betting public looking for some action on the Patriots vs. Chiefs game?
New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Breakdown
Before Saturday’s announcement of Newton’s positive test, the Chiefs came in as 6.5-to-7-point favorites, depending which sportsbook you were using. That line marked the largest spread the Patriots had faced in 17 years.
In the minutes following this breaking news, every sportsbook available had pulled the Patriots vs. Chiefs game off the board. Then, as the news began to spread, it was announced the the NFL would likely be moving Patriots vs. Chiefs to Tuesday night.
Sportsbooks are yet to announce how they'll handle wagers placed on the game scheduled for Sunday that is now taking place Tuesday, without Newton.
As of Saturday morning, an overwhelming number of bettors were already backing the Chiefs to cover the spread. A whopping 81% of public bets were on KC to cover the almost seven points.