A week ago, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones surged to the top of the Offensive Rookie of the Year odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. It made sense given his strong start and the penchant for quarterbacks to regularly win offensive postseason awards.
At the time, I mentioned that Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was an intriguing option at +800 odds. I don’t have the best history when it comes to sports betting, but I’ll crow a little bit on this. The Jaguars came from behind the beat the Denver Broncos in Week 4, and Minshew’s performance — 213 yards, two touchdowns, and a some fantastic playmaking — has shot him up the leaderboard. Minshew improved to +250, and Jones’ odds slipped to +250 to give us a pair of co-favorites.
Jones took a step back from his starting debut against the New York Giants, but got the job done against a bad Washington team. He finished with 225 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, and rushed for 33 yards in a 24-3 Giants victory.
Minshew and the Jaguars travel to face the Carolina Panthers in Week 5, while Jones and the Giants host Minnesota. If Jones can put together a decent performance against the Vikings, he could reclaim the sole lead given the solid nature of the Vikings defense. At the same time, if Minshew adds another road win to his resume, against a decent Panthers team, the two quarterbacks might continue running neck-and-neck.
If you’re looking for someone other than a quarterback, Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (+800) and Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (+1000) are worth considering. More than likely one of the quarterbacks will win the award, but if they all slip, both running backs stand a decent shot of doing enough to take home the hardware.
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