Kenny Pickett’s game-sealing drive wasn’t enough to move him ahead of Mitchell Trubisky in the Steelers’ quarterback competition. In fact, he fell further behind, at least according to the odds.
SportsBetting updated its QB competition odds following Week 1 of the preseason, and there were some notable movements.
“We were getting hammered on Trubisky as the starter all week so we moved aggressively, going from -250 to -700,” Robert Cooper, head props trader at the sportsbook said. “Even though Pickett had a solid game and the fans loved him, our betting action suggests we’ll see Trubisky under center in the opener.”
For Seattle’s competition, Geno Smith was a -175 favorite last week and is even higher now. Smith started the game Saturday and he and Drew Lock each played a half.
Baker Mayfield had odds as high as -1500 to be Carolina’s starting quarterback a few weeks ago, but those chances have dipped to -500, currently. Cooper said that the majority of bets have been on Sam Darnold because “there was good value there.”
Full-season pick pack from Joe Duffy up at OffshoreInsiders.com
Steelers starting QB in Week 1
Mitchell Trubisky -1000
Kenny Pickett +550
Seahawks starting QB in Week 1
Geno Smith -300
Drew Lock +200
Panthers starting QB in Week 1
Baker Mayfield -500
Sam Darnold +300
The Falcons’ QB battle odds have been taken off board due to Marcus Mariota having greater than a 90 percent chance of starting in Week 1.