Jameis Winston’s QB1 Odds Shortened After Big First Quarter Versus Jaguars

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  • Jameis Winston made a strong case for the New Orleans Saints starting QB job with a big performance on Monday night.
  • Winston’s odds to take the Saints’ first snap in the regular season shortened from -190 to -230 after completing 9-10 passes for 123 yards with 2 touchdowns against the Jaguars.
  • Winston is also among the early betting favorites to win the Comeback Player of the Year award.

The New Orleans Saints entered Monday’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars looking for answers to their starting quarterback situation. They may have left with a definitive answer: Jameis Winston

In his most important showcase yet with the Saints, Winston completed 9-10 passes for 123 yards with two deep touchdown passes that ended in spectacular catches by wide receiver Marquez Callaway, all in the first quarter of Monday’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Winston was a -190 betting favorite to take the Saints’ first snap in the regular season before the game started:

But he was so good that by the time he threw his second TD pass to Marquez Callaway, Winston’s odds had shortened to -230:

After the game, Saints head coach Sean Payton declined to make any announcements nor refused to give a timetable as to when he’ll make his decision between Winston and Taysom Hill, but after Winston’s big game, Payton may be left with no choice.

Sean Payton Has No Choice Now

Payton’s decision to start Hill in their first preseason game and his decision to start Hill during the four games that Drew Brees missed last season seemed to suggest that Hill entered training camp as the favorite to land the position left vacant by Brees’ retirement.

However, Winston was the -250 odds on favorite when the lines first opened at DraftKings. Hill was behind him at +175, and rookie Ian Book a longshot +3300. But the gap had shortened in recent weeks. And right before Monday’s game, Hill’s odds had shortened to +140. Winston got the start and he didn’t waste any time in making a strong case for himself.

Hill meanwhile, was not as impressive playing with the second-string offense. He completed 11 of 20 passes, for 138 yards with one touchdown and had a pair of ugly throws. With coach Payton telling NBC Sports’ Peter King that he hopes to name his starting QB before next week’s preseason game versus Arizona, Hill may not have another shot to impress after this underwhelming outing.

Jameis’ Odds to Win Comeback Player of the Year Award

But when talking about the betting odds for 2021 Jameis Winston, it’s not just about being the Saints’ QB1. Winston is also 10th at +2000 to lead the NFL in passing touchdowns, 7th at +1600 to lead the league in passing yards, and of course, 10th at 1800 to lead the NFL in interceptions, again.

And then there is Jameis Winston to win the Comeback Player of the Year award. He is currently listed at +1600 at DraftKings, +2500 at BetMGM, and even at +900 via SportsBetting.ag. Sure, Dak Prescott is the consensus favorite to win that award, but if Winston gets the QB1 job and figures well in the individual statistical battles, he might just be the dark horse to win the award.

Winston has not started an NFL game since the 2019 season. Of course, we remember him getting dumped by Tampa Bay in favor of Tom Brady. Despite not having the opportunity to play, he signed with the Saints to learn from Brees and Payton. Now that Brees has retired, he has a chance to redeem himself. Now, isn’t that a great comeback story?

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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