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Odds on Who Will Be the Starting QB for the New England Patriots in 2020: Stidham, Hoyer Set to Compete for the Job

New England Patriots Quarterback Odds

For the first time in 20 years, Tom Brady won’t be under center for the New England Patriots when Week 1 of the 2020 NFL regular season begins. That means the Pats could be in the market for a new quarterback, and odds have hit the board on who will be Brady’s successor.

At BetOnline, Jarrett Stidham is the +100 favorite, followed by Brian Hoyer (+400), Andy Dalton (+700), Cam Newton (+700), Jameis Winston (+700) and Jacoby Brissett (+1000).

Brady announced through his social media channels on the second day of the legal tampering period that he would not be returning to the Patriots. Later that day, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the six-time Super Bowl winner was set to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

In light of the news, the Patriots’ Super Bowl odds fell from +1200 to +2500, while the Bucs’ chances of winning the big game improved from +3300 to +2000.

Is Stidham Ready for the Starting Job?

Stidham, a 2019 Patriots fourth-round pick, currently owns the top spot on the depth chart. The Patriots were ideally looking to give the 23-year-old another year of seasoning behind the scenes, but Brady’s departure has accelerated the timeline.

Stidham initially played his college ball at Baylor before transferring to Auburn. Last year, he had the best preseason of any quarterback under head coach Bill Belichick’s tenure, going 61-of-90 passing for 731 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels noted last season that Stidham has a “great mindset” and praised the Kentucky native for being wise beyond his years.

Hoyer is Back in New England

It was far from a splashy move, but the Patriots brought back a familiar face by signing Hoyer to a one-year contract on March 22. Hoyer was released by the Indianapolis Colts to make room for new starting QB Philip Rivers.

This is Hoyer’s third stint with the Pats. He started his career there in 2009 and played 13 games over three seasons as Brady’s backup before returning in 2017 to be a member of the team that won Super Bowl 53. The journeyman has also suited up for the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers.

Last year, Hoyer completed 35 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns in four games for the Colts. Hoyer knows McDaniels’ offense and will be a seamless fit for the club, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Belichick opted to go with the well-traveled Hoyer over Stidham in Week 1.

Who do you think is going to be the Patriots’ starting quarterback going forward? Have your say in the comment section. For more football betting information, head over to our NFL page.

Who Will Start at QB for the Patriots in Week 1 of the 2020 Season?
OptionOdds
Jarrett Stidham+100
Brian Hoyer+400
Andy Dalton+700
Cam Newton+700
Jameis Winston+700
Jacoby Brissett+1000
Cody Kessler+2000
Derek Carr+2500
Joe Flacco+3300
Jimmy Garoppolo+5000
Eli Manning+10000

Odds as of March 31 at BetOnline