Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton signing a deal with the New England Patriots has been one of the bigger stories in NFL as of late, and DraftKings Sportsbook has made some interesting bets available centered around the quarterback’s 2020 performance.
Cam Newton specials will compare how the new Patriots quarterback’s touchdown numbers stack up against Teddy Bridgwater — the quarterback who replaced him in Carolina — and Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller Tom Brady this upcoming season. Let’s take a look at the odds for the two bets available.
Tom Brady (-670) vs. Cam Newton (+470)
The odds are in Brady’s favor for good reason here. The GOAT went from having an underwhelming receiving corps to one with two All-Pro wideouts and added Rob Gronkowski to that group. Newton’s motley crew of pass catchers pales in comparison to this elite group, so I’d be surprised if he got close to matching Brady’s numbers — especially considering that he has the highest over/under (4300.5) for expected passing yards in the NFL.
Teddy Bridgewater (-134) vs. Cam Newton (+110)
The odds are a lot more even with this option, as the playing field is a little more level. Bridgewater is replacing Newton on a Panthers team with a very capable pass-catching running back in Christian McCaffrey. Their receiving corps has been bolstered by adding Robby Anderson to a group that includes D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. Newton might have less talent out wide, but James White has top-notch hands at the running back position. Bridgewater thrived while filling in for Drew Brees last season, he’s only played a full 16 games once in his career. Will he remain durable in a new environment? That remains to be seen. Elevating the play of a team that finished in the bottom half of the league in 2019 could prove to be difficult.
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