In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass during an NCAA football game against Georgia Southern in Baton Rouge, La.
In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass during an NCAA football game against Georgia Southern in Baton Rouge, La. |Tyler Kaufman | Associated Press
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Bet the NFL! Eckel on today's special boosted odds bet at Parx — Will Joe Burrow be the NFL’s Rookie of the Year?

The odds are +325, up from +250. So a bet of $100 would net you a cool $325 if the LSU quarterback wins the award.

Mark Eckel

Wednesday’s daily “Special Bet’’ on the Parx Casino website focuses on the player who is expected to be the first overall pick in the April 23 NFL Draft.

The bet is this: Will Joe Burrow be the NFL’s Rookie of the Year? The odds are +325, up from +250. So a bet of $100 would net you a cool $325 if the LSU quarterback wins the award. On a smaller scale a bet of $10 would earn you $32.50.

There is no option, nor odds to bet against Burrow winning the award.

Now let’s do a little analyzing and throw in some history.

Burrow figures to be the No. 1 pick, which belongs to the Cincinnati Bengals. The good news there is the team figures to trade veteran Andy Dalton sooner rather than later and make Burrow an immediate starter. It would be kind of difficult to win Rookie of the Year as a backup. Also Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor, a former quarterback at Wake Forest, is considered a quarterback-friendly coach. Rams QB Jared Goff had his best season with Taylor as his position coach.

Now, the bad news. Burrow, as most rookie quarterbacks forced to start, is going to experience growing pains especially with a bottom-tiered team.

And keep in mind the last two No. 1 overall picks, Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and Arizona’s Kyler Murray, had good rookie seasons yet did not win Rookie of the Year.

The last No. 1 overall pick to win the award was Carolina’s Cam Newton in 2011, one year after the Rams’ Sam Bradford also did. But those two are the only two No. 1 overall picks to win it in close to 40 years. Because before Bradford you have to go all the way back to 1981 and New Orleans running back George Rogers.

So be careful with this bet.

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