NFL Offseason Betting Roundup

The optimistic Minnesota Vikings fan – or bettor – will tell you Brett Favre is simply doing exactly what he did last year.

Favre fiasco putting Vikings Super Bowl XLV odds, bettors at risk

After all, he did dilly dally all summer before signing with the Vikings in time for the 2009 season. After that, all he did was post the best single-season passer rating of his career. But 2010 carries far more pitfalls for anyone wagering on Vikings futures. First off, Favre had ankle surgery this offseason. Secondly, he’s now 40 years old. As nicely as his body held up last year, there’s no telling when the bottom will fall out. Lastly, there’s still no total guarantee that Favre decides to play. So is it still a smart play to take the Vikings’ Super Bowl odds when the Packers, Cowboys, Ravens, and Saints offer the same value at most books?

Rams, Bengals caught in tug-of-war for Terrell Owens?

The most recent reports out of Owens’ camp suggests the St. Louis Rams are pushing hard for his services. Reportedly, they’re not at all happy with Laurent Robinson and Donnie Avery as their top two options at receiver. They’re expected to make an offer to Owens as soon as Monday. At first glance, bettors won’t pay too much attention to that news. T.O. or no T.O., the Rams won’t be a popular pick to win Super Bowl XLV.

But there’s another, much more relevant team rumored to be chasing Owens: the Cincinnati Bengals. As the defending AFC North champions, they could be a piece or two away from making a real run at the conference title. The Bengals’ passing attack was mediocre in 2010 but they bolstered it by drafting tight end Jermaine Gresham and signing Antonio Bryant to play second fiddle to Chad Ochocinco at receiver. The problem: Bryant’s wonky knee is bothering him again. As a result, Cincinnati may explore signing Owens. Ochocinco has publicly stated that he wants the deal to happen.

Chargers haven’t spoken to Vincent Jackson for a month

Many sportsbooks listed the San Diego Chargers as the top favorites to win Super Bowl XLV as recently as last week. But those odds may change significantly in the near future. No. 1 receiving option Jackson won’t be helping them any time soon. Not only is he suspended for the first four games of the season, he also likely won’t play any of San Diego’s first 10 games.

He can hold out 10 games and still qualify for unrestricted free agency. So far, there’s no progress in the negotiations; the Chargers haven’t spoken to Jackson since mid-June. Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill also looks like he’ll sit out the first 10 games for the same reason. That would leave the Chargers without two vital pieces of their offense.

Dez Bryant makes headlines at Cowboys camp for play, mouth

Some NFL betting experts are all over the Dallas Cowboys’ odds for the 2010 season after they drafted wide receiver Bryant in the first round this past spring – believing they got a steal. Others believe Bryant’s attitude will prevent him from being a top-notch NFL wideout. So far, both camps have been validated. Bryant flourished on the field during the first day of training camp, beating Pro Bowl corner Mike Jenkins on a deep ball.

However, he also flashed his famous attitude, refusing to carry teammate Roy Williams’ pads as part of the rookie hazing process. Time will tell whether Bryant’s play will help him on the depth chart or if his mouth will hurt him.

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