By Lenn Robbins, The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com
Is there any position in sports that carries more pressure than rookie starting quarterback for one of the NFL’s 32 precious franchises?
In a league that has given quarterbacks a license for success – God forbid a defensive back so much as casts a hairy eyeball at a receiver without a penalty being called – teams scored a record 24.8 points on average last season.
Quarterbacks are coming into the league more prepared than ever to operate high scoring offenses: Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow have proven themselves. Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Trey Lance, the top three picks in the most recent draft, are poised for their debuts.
When it comes to quarterback, franchises have to keep up with the Joneses. For one team and its quarterback, it’s about keeping up with Jones. Mac Jones.
Daniel Jones, the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, begins his third season as the Giants starting quarterback. Mac Jones, the 15th pick in the most recent draft, was recently appointed the starter for the Patriots.
New York’s Jones, must play at a level superior to New England’s Jones. That’s non-negotiable. If not, the Giants will find themselves further behind the league’s elite teams and GM Dave Gettleman should be out of a job.
Giants fans should rightfully demand this. They shouldn’t have to wait another season for their quarterback to emerge as elite when other young quarterbacks that were drafted below Jones thrive.
Mac Jones said he wasn’t surprised he won the starting job over Cam Newton, which speaks to his confidence. It will be tested when the Pats open at a talented Miami team, which believes it has a franchise QB in Tua Tagovailoa. Daniel Jones gets to open at home, although the Broncos defense should be one of the league’s better units. The Broncos have gone with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.
Almost every NFL game contains a fascinating QB storyline. We’re just as intrigued by the betting lines. QB and lines go hand in hand.
Take our hand as we pick the season:
Cowboys +8.5 over BUCS – Dak’s back.
PANTHERS -5.5 over Jets – Sam Darnold lifts the Jets Cup but Zac Wilson wins over Gang Green fans.
Broncos +3 over GIANTS – Five is the over/under on times Jones is sacked.
BILLS -6.5 over Steelers – Mafia rules.
49ers -7.5 over LIONS – The two-headed San Fran QB monster.
Jaguars -3 over TEXANS – Trevor Lawrence golden hair so bright.
Seahawks -2.5 over COLTS – Russell Wilson is the NFL’s best first-half-of-the-season QB.
TITANS -3 over Cardinals – Derrick Henry is the DH – Designated Hitter.
WASHING TON +1 over Chargers – The Washington Football Team Defense Fund is flush.
BENGALS +3.5 over Vikings – Martin & Chase Accounts Receivable.
FALCONS -3 over Eagles – Cracks in Philly.
PATRIOTS -3 over Dolphins – Mac the Knife filets the fish.
Packers -3.5 over SAINTS – The over/under on interceptions thrown by New Orleans QBs is three.
RAMS -7.5 over Bears – Justin Fields starts the 4th quarter – and the rest of the season.
Browns +5.5 over CHIEFS – Baker Mayfield controversy. Vol I.
Ravens -4 at RAIDERS – Coach Gruden and GM Mayock – please return your genius trophies to the Hype Office.
Best bets – Rams -7.5 over Bears.