The Duel
NFL - Odds & Predictions

Patriots News: Cam Newton Favored to Start Week 1 Over Mac Jones

Larry Rupp
Cam Newton is favored over Mac Jones in the odds to be the New England Patriots starting quarterback in Week 1.
Cam Newton is favored over Mac Jones in the odds to be the New England Patriots starting quarterback in Week 1. / Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

One of the most highly anticipated training camp position battles seems to be at the quarterback position for the New England Patriots. Veteran Cam Newton struggled to lead the offense last season, but remains the favorite to lock up the job over rookie first-round pick Mac Jones.

Patriots Starting QB Odds

Newton currently has odds set at -185 to be the team's Week 1 QB compared to Jones' odds of +170, according NFL odds posted to FanDuel Sportsbook. However, it doesn't seem to be a done deal just yet as head coach Bill Belichick hasn't committed to either signal-caller at this point.

The Patriots re-signed Newton this offseason after he posted a 7-8 record as the starter in 2020. However, he did not perform well in the passing game averaging a career low 177.1 yards through the air per game. He had just 8 passing touchdowns on the season and simply looked underwhelming.

On the other side, New England used the No. 15 overall pick to select former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones. The young gunslinger finished second in the Heisman voting during his junior season after completing 77.4% of his pass attempts for 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns.

This is going to be a storyline to keep an eye on as Week 1 gets closer and closer as no one ever knows what Belichick has up his sleeve. The Patriots currently have odds set at +126 to make the playoffs and odds set at +3200 to win the Super Bowl.

Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $1,000!

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.