NFL Betting: A Look at the NFL's Young Guns
|Written by Andrew Scofield|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 07:43|
The sports betting online experts love a good success story. In the NFL, few things capture fans' imaginations more than a successful young quarterback. Most expert observers cringe a little when they see a rookie or second-year quarterback step into the starting role for an NFL team. But for a growing number of young quarterbacks, being the starter is becoming a comfortable position.
Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns
The online betting USA experts are watching the Cleveland Browns closely because the decisions the Browns make now will affect the team for several years. Two years ago, the Browns drafted quarterback Colt McCoy to become the heir apparent to a quickly deteriorating Jake Delhomme. But McCoy struggled, and there were rumors that he almost did not make the final roster in his rookie year. In his second year, McCoy stepped in as the starter and the Browns faltered.
This year, the Browns drafted 29-year-old rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden to challenge for the starting quarterback position.
The Browns say they see a lot to like in Weeden and are impressed. The team is so impressed that it is looking to trade McCoy or cut him. The Cleveland Browns are preparing to put the team's fate in the hands of one of the oldest rookies in NFL history.
Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
It isn't Cam Newton that the pay per head sportsbook experts have a problem with. The problem in Carolina is the lack of a supporting cast that the Panthers are putting around its 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year. Newton single-handedly put energy back into the Panthers' game, but he still needs a lot of help to make the team a playoff contender. He has no reliable tight ends to throw to and his offensive line is very suspect. Cam Newton will perform well again in 2012, but it may not be enough to push the Panthers into the playoffs.
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton is probably in the best position of any second-year quarterback in the league. He has a good receiving corps, he has already taken his team to one playoff berth and he has a strong defense playing alongside of him. All Dalton really needs is a good running back and some strength on the offensive line and he could turn the Bengals into a legitimate playoff contender. The question is whether or not the Bengals will bring in the players that Dalton needs to succeed.
Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins
The bet online sports fans in Washington have huge expectations for RG3 in his rookie year, and RG3 just may be able to deliver on those expectations. Griffin III takes over a Washington team that was literally a quarterback away from contending for a playoff spot. He brings his extremely athletic style to a team that is ready to compete and it will be very interesting to see if Griffin III can live up to the hype that has been created around him.