NFL QB Competition Odds: Baker Mayfield a Massive Underdog to Win Browns Job


Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Pictured: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) and quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor (5)

  • NFL teams are reporting to training camp this week in preparation for the start of preseason, which kicks off in full on Aug. 9.
  • An offshore sportsbook has posted odds on a handful of the league's most interesting quarterback battles.
  • Despite being the Cleveland Browns' first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Baker Mayfield is a sizable underdog to start in Week 1 over Tyrod Taylor.

With NFL teams reporting to training camp, battles for starting jobs are officially getting underway. The Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets still have to decide who will be their starting quarterbacks in Week 1, and oddsmakers have posted odds for each situation.

Please note that the prop stipulates which player will start Week 1 only.

Cleveland Browns Week 1 Starter Odds

  • Tyrod Taylor: -600
  • Baker Mayfield: +370

Even though Cleveland took Mayfield with the first overall pick, Taylor is a massive favorite to start the Browns’ opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With plenty of offensive talent, it’ll be interesting to see how the coaching staff reacts should Taylor get off to a hot start.

Arizona Cardinals Week 1 Starter Odds

  • Sam Bradford: -320
  • Josh Rosen: +270
  • Mike Glennon: +1740

Bradford is the clear favorite at -320, but many analysts believe Rosen is the most polished QB in the 2018 draft class, meaning he could make this battle quite competitive.

>> Sign up for The Action Network’s daily newsletter to get the smartest NFL conversation delivered into your inbox each morning.

Considering Bradford is one big hit and/or strong breeze away from another injury, that -320 number seems curiously high.

Buffalo Bills Week 1 Starter Odds

  • AJ McCarron: -145
  • Josh Allen: +160
  • Nathan Peterman: +700

I wouldn’t bet Peterman with Blackjack Fletcher’s money. Unlike Rosen, Allen was widely considered as a high-upside prospect by many draft experts. It seems like he could use some seasoning on the bench behind McCarron.

New York Jets Week 1 Starter Odds

  • Josh McCown: -120
  • Teddy Bridgewater: +200
  • Sam Darnold: +360

Do the Jets actually have a good quarterback situation?!? McCown provides a solid fall-back crutch while both Bridgewater and Darnold offer the big upside of potential franchise quarterbacks. Of the four teams listed, this battle looks to be the most up in the air, which is reflected in the odds.

How would you rate this article?

Top Offers

Odds Boosts
See More >
Odds boosts are simply regular bets offered at enticing odds. They're available to everyone and there's no limit to how many you can bet.
Sportsbook Reviews
See More >
Discover the best online sports betting sites and take advantage of bonus offers from legal sportsbooks.
Expert Picks
See More >
See what plays the Action Network experts are making for all of today's games.
PRO Membership
See More >
Access betting systems and signals to get daily, actionable picks.
Download the App
See More >
Download the Action app to track all your bets in one place. Exclusive data helped you make smarter betting decisions.
See More >
The best sports betting newsletter with trends, insights and news - condensed in a two-minute read.
Live Odds
See More >
See live odds and the best lines for every game.

Follow Us On Social

Top Stories