NFL Betting Beat - June 5, 2021

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Tony Caliente
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We got all your hot NFL stories and some odds for Saturday June 5, 2021.  All odds courtesy of BetOnline, which offers a generous welcome bonus (max bonus $1000).



Maurice Moton of the Bleacher Report called the Colts’ trade for quarterback Carson Wentz their smartest move of the 2021:

Once Philip Rivers retired, the Indianapolis Colts didn’t have a clear quarterback succession plan in place.

With Jacoby Brissett on an expiring contract, the Colts waited patiently and jumped at the opportunity to acquire Carson Wentz, who struggled through 12 games before the Philadelphia Eagles benched him for Jalen Hurts last season.

General manager Chris Ballard didn’t have a shot at the top quarterback prospects unless he gave up draft capital to move up from the 21st spot into the top 15.

The Colts have a playoff-caliber roster that’s coming off an 11-5 campaign. Although Wentz had his worst year in 2020, unlike Rivers, he’s not a limited quarterback in terms of arm strength and mobility.

Wentz threw for 81 touchdowns and 21 interceptions between 2017 and 2019. Perhaps he just needs a change of scenery without the pressure of a second-round pick behind him on the depth chart. Lastly, he has two years of playing experience under head coach Frank Reich, who was his offensive coordinator in Philly, which eases his transition to Indianapolis.


Packers prez: Rodgers situation has divided fans

The situation in Green Bay has gotten more precarious by the day.  The Packers chances of a Super Bowl victory continue to plummet (now at 18-1).

"The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base," Packers president Mark Murphy wrote in his monthly column published Saturday on the team website. "The emails and letters that I've received reflect this fact."

It has been more than a month since news of Rodgers' beef with the organization became public in a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Sportsbooks were quick to release odds on where Aaron Rodgers would turn up next.  Last we checked, the Broncos were 5-1 favorites.



New England Patriots QB Cam Newton fails to finish practice; source says hand 'all good'

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton had his throwing hand examined by the athletic training and medical staff about halfway through the voluntary organized team activity on Friday and didn't participate in the rest of practice.

There was no immediate update on Newton's hand, but a source close to the situation told ESPN it is not serious and that the veteran QB is "all good."

The reported bone bruise he suffered might force him to miss time however.

- Tony Caliente, Publisher

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