- Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater both have odds of +135 to be the Week 1 starter.
- Aaron Rodgers is also listed as an option with +175 odds.
DENVER - The Denver Broncos traded for Teddy Bridgewater in exchange for a sixth-round pick but still have Drew Lock on the roster who will be entering his third year in the NFL. Betting odds give both quarterbacks an equal chance to be the Week 1 starter.
Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater For Week 1?
There’s a case to be made for both players to be the Week 1 starter, but of course, only one can win the job. Here’s why each could win the job.
Lock will be entering his third season with the Denver Broncos. A young QB’s “prove-it” year is usually year 3, where franchises determine whether they have found their franchise quarterback or not.
Any NFL bettor siding with Lock will site his experience in the system and lack of time with a healthy roster around him. He may deserve the chance as the starter to open the season, but it’s far from a given.
An argument for Bridgewater would be that the Broncos went out and traded for him. However, it’s worth noting that the team only gave up a sixth-round pick to acquire him.
Bridgewater also has more experience as a starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s started 49 games as opposed to Lock’s 18.
There’s a fair argument to be made that Bridgewater would give the team a better chance to win now but maybe has a lower ceiling than Lock looking into the future.
Denver Broncos Week 1 Starting QB Betting Odds
- Drew Lock +135
- Teddy Bridgewater +135
- Aaron Rodgers +175
Yes, Aaron Rodgers Is An Option
The Aaron Rodgers saga is far from concluded, but given the odds, it doesn’t seem very beneficial to bet on him in this spot. Sports betting sites have Rodgers set too close to the Broncos’ QB’s considering he would need to be traded there which is much more complicated and has a lot of moving parts behind the scenes.
To those concerned, Rodgers also has +175 odds to play Week 1 as a member of the Broncos, so there’s no extra value to be found on either bet.
The odds reflect the true situation around the Broncos’ QB battle in the fact that nobody knows what’s going to happen. The experts are split down the middle, the players apparently don’t care and Vic Fangio won’t let any information leak as to what he’s thinking.
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Nick is a football fanatic with years of sports journalism experience. He achieved a degree in Broadcast/Journalism from Penn State University. When he’s not covering the latest NFL odds you can catch him debating Brady > Belichick in his free time.