We all know who the superstars of the National Football League are, but there have been some rookies that have made a wave in the 2019 campaign. One of those rookies is Josh Jacobs, a running back for the Oakland Raiders, and he’s impressed people left and right throughout the entire season. As a result, he’s listed as the odds-on favorite to become the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
According to the online sportsbook BetOnline, Jacobs is listed as a -140 favorite, followed by Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals) in second place at +175 odds. In the No. 3 position, Gardner Minshew (Jacksonville Jaguars) and D.K. Metcalf (Seattle Seahawks) share that spot in a tie at a+1400 mark, while Daniel Jones (New York Giants) rounds out the top five at +2000.
Beginning the rest of the top 10, Marquise Brown (Baltimore Ravens) and David Montgomery (Chicago Bears) give us another tie, this time for sixth place at +2500. Terry McLaurin (Washington Redskins) and A.J. Brown (Tennessee Titans) are in yet another tie, and they place in the No. 8 spot together at a +3300 figure. Last on the oddsboard and rounding out the top 10 for us is Mecole Hardman (Kansas City Chiefs) at +4400.
Last season, the Oakland Raiders were just dismal with their running game, but now one player has changed all of that in just one year — and a rookie at that. Josh Jacobs has been incredible this season, putting up a total stat line of 811 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, and doing all of this in just nine games and 168 carries. Needless to say, Jacobs isn’t playing like a rookie.
During Thursday Night Football last week, Jacobs would do more than just put up blazing statistics, he would also win the game for the Raiders after punching in the go-ahead touchdown — and late in the game at that. His heroics would lead Oakland to a 26-24 win against the Los Angeles Chargers and would see him finish with a solid 71 yards.
Out of the University of Alabama, Jacobs has an average tally of 18.7 carries-per-game, and also check these numbers out: Jacobs is the only running back in the past seven seasons having at least two games with at least 25 carries, and doing this with no negative yardage attached to it.
On top of that, Jacobs has also already broken the rookie rushing record for the Oakland Raiders, which previously belonged to Marcus Allen.
Yeah, that Marcus Allen, the one who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 Marcus Allen. It’s just been an unbelievable season for Josh Jacobs.
To put it even more into the perspective of how dominant Jacobs has been this season: The rookie running back who comes closest to him in rushing yardage is David Montgomery, and his number is 406 yards. In case you can’t do the math, that means that no rookie running back comes within 400 yards of Jacobs’ rushing tally. With that being said, it’s only a matter of us getting to the end of the season so we can give out awards, because the way I’m seeing it, I don’t think anybody beats out Josh Jacobs for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Go ahead and give him the trophy now — and count on those betting odds to get higher and higher as well. You better place a bet now if you want any profitability from a wager on Jacobs, it won’t get any better than this. That’s for sure.
The only player who can challenge Josh Jacobs at this point for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award is Kyler Murray. Winning the Heisman Trophy in 2018, Murray has done quite well in his first season with the Arizona Cardinals. With that being said though, the Cardinals haven’t been doing the best this year with a record of 3-6-1 and in a very challenging NFC West division at that. On top of that, they’ve lost three consecutive games now.
Similar to what Jacobs would do afterwards, Murray would put up big time numbers when taking on the San Francisco 49ers during a Thursday Night Football contest. In total, he would compile 241 passing yards and two touchdowns, and he would also rush for 34 yards. With that being said though, Arizona would suffer defeat in a 28-25 loss.
Last month, Gardner Minshew was a legitimate player to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, and he would put talent such as Josh Jacobs and Kyler Murray both at risk of losing the honor. However, Minshew’s incredible campaign would come to a burning crash when the Jacksonville Jaguars would suffer a 26-3 shellacking by the hands of the Houston Texans.
“Minshew Mania”, as they called it, was the hype of the land when it came to Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding area of north Florida, especially considering the circumstances of this coming after their new franchise quarterback in Nick Foles would get injured in a 40-26 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
However, Minshew would be brought back down to reality after turning the ball over a combined four times in that horrendous contest against the Texans. In total, he would calculate two interceptions and two fumbles.
With Minshew now being exposed as a, well, not-so-good quarterback, head coach Doug Marrone would go ahead and announce that Nick Foles will eventually be back as the team’s starting QB — he’s coming off of injured reserve when the Jags take on the Indianapolis Colts on November 17. I would understand if you think that Mineshew’s odds of +1400 are attractive, but they’re hefty and a long shot status for a reason. At this point in the season, there’s no way I see him winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Let’s go over the top favorites to win the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, review their chances of winning the honor, and then afterwards, I’ll be giving you my betting prediction (and long shot pick) for who I have winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Who do you have winning the OROTY? After you read and get your advice from me, you can then place your bets over at one of the best football betting sites for who you think will be the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
As I’ve already mentioned, Josh Jacobs has had an absolutely incredible rookie campaign, tallying a total of 811 passing yards and seven touchdowns — and doing all of this in just nine games. In his most recent contest in a 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, Jacobs would put up 71 rushing yards and would also play hero with a late-game touchdown. He would also put himself over 100 all-purpose yards with an additional 30 receiving yards. Numbers like that he’s been tallying all season, and if he continues those statistics, he’ll without a doubt become the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Josh Jacobs has been simply amazing in 2019.
The way I’m seeing it (and the oddsmakers too), Kyler Murray is the only legitimate threat to Josh Jacobs to win the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Even though the Arizona Cardinals are suffering a losing season this year, Murray has still put up great numbers despite this. In total, he has put up 2,229 passing yards, nine touchdowns and has thrown just four interceptions. His QBR is average at a 56.6, but it’s still been a great season for him thus far. As far as your bet is concerned, you still have to side with Josh Jacobs, but Kyler Murray isn’t out of the race at all. He can still win this thing if things truly go his way.
Up until the game against the Houston Texans, Gardner Minshew was having an incredible season. For the year, he has compiled a total of 2,285 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and has thrown just four interceptions. However, the QBR is a bit below average with a figure of 45.0 QBR. As a result of his disastrous four-turnover contest against the Houston Texans, it would take a shot to his chances of winning the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and he also lost his job as well with Nick Foles being named the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars in their next game against the Indianapolis Colts. Let me put it bluntly honest for you: It’s over for Gardner Minshew.
Now we definitely approach the territory of players who don’t have a chance to win the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. With that being said though, you don’t want to take anything away from D.K. Metcalf, he’s had a productive season for the Seattle Seahawks. In total this year, he’s collected 525 passing yards, five touchdowns and has averaged 18.1 yards-per-catch — it’s been an impressive rookie campaign. He’s part of the reason for the Seahawks’ potency this year, and it’ll be interesting to see how Metcalf and the 7-2 Seattle offense does tonight against the San Francisco 49ers.
Replacing a two-time Super Bowl champion on a franchise located in New York City out of all places isn’t exactly an easy job to do, however, Daniel Jones has done a great job of doing so for the most part. He hasn’t been the most elite, but the Duke Blue Devils has put up productive numbers. In total, he has compiled 1,676 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, though his interception rate is a bit high at eight. His QBR is slightly above average, putting up a 50.9 mark to rank 17th in the league. Pretty solid numbers for his first year in the Big Apple.
The numbers start to decline a bit more now that Marquise Brown has made an appearance on the oddsboard. In receiving this season, he’s put up 374 receiving yards, three touchdowns and has averaged 15.6 yards-per-catch. As you see, he hasn’t put up elite numbers at all, but they’ve been productive for the Baltimore Ravens this season with a 7-2 record. And in Brown’s defense, it’s not like the Ravens defense isn’t potent or anything. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, they would thrash them by a 49-13 score. So as you can tell, Lamar Jackson certainly has his weapons.
David Montgomery has put up some productive figures for the Chicago Bears this season. He’s tallied 406 rushing yards, five touchdowns and has also averaged 3.6 yards-per-rush. In his most recent contest in a 20-13 win over the Detroit Lions, Montgomery would rush for 60 yards, but that’s about all of the productivity that would come out of that game. For a rookie, the numbers haven’t been bad for Montgomery, but he’s definitely not in contention for the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Still, though I’m sure the Bears are happy with his numbers.
Now I’m not saying that Terry McLaurin should be a serious candidate for the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award or anything, but he has put up solid numbers for the Washington Redskins this season. In total, McLaurin has compiled 497 receiving yards, five touchdowns and is also averaging 15.5 yards-per-catch. This is a potential player for the future for the Redskins, but the franchise just needs to capitalize on the talent — not something that Washington is really known for. Still, a good season for Terry McLaurin.
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