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Gruden Replacement Odds Among Top Props This Week - Bovada Sportsbook

The hiring of Jon Gruden as head coach earlier this week ended speculation as to who would take over the reins of the Oakland Raiders following a disappointing 6-10 NFL campaign.

Gruden’s return to the coaching ranks also ends his nine-season run on Monday Night Football, with Peyton Manning emerging as the favorite to step in as lead analyst in the broadcast booth, sporting EVEN odds.

Manning reportedly rejected overtures from the NFL’s TV partners, who sought to get him into the studio prior to the 2017 NFL season. However, the two-time Super Bowl champion did surprise Indianapolis Colts fans by joining the CBS broadcast crew for the team’s matchup with the Tennessee Titans in November 2016.

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner closely trail Manning, deadlocked at +550, ahead of San Francisco 49ers legend Steve Young at +600, while the odds of Monday Night Countdown analyst Randy Moss making the move to color commentary sit at +750.

While the search gets underway for Gruden’s replacement in the MNF broadcast booth, speculation swirls around the future of quarterback Alex Smith. The 33-year-old pivot led Kansas City to yet another early playoff exit last week in the Chiefs’ stunning 22-21 loss to Tennessee as 8.5-point chalk.

With 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes expected to replace Smith in Kansas City, the two-time Pro Bowler is a shaky +200 bet to return to the Chiefs. The Cleveland Browns, who went winless in 2017, sport +400 odds of landing Smith, while the Arizona Cardinals are a +450 bet to start next season with Smith following the retirement of veteran Carson Palmer.

Divisional Round Props Also on Weekend Board

A number of NFL Divisional Round betting props are also on the board ahead of this weekend’s postseason contests.

Divisional round action begins on Saturday with a pair of matchups as the Atlanta Falcons visit the Philadelphia Eagles as 3-point chalk, and the New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans as 14-point home favorites. Sunday’s action sees the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars as 7.5-point favorites before the Minnesota Vikings host the New Orleans Saints as 4-point chalk.

The Patriots and Eagles ranked among the top three team offenses in the NFL this season, boosting the odds of more Divisional Round touchdowns getting scored on Saturday to -150.

Nick Foles will once again be under center for the Eagles. The 28-year-old pivot took over the Philadelphia offense after starter Carson Wentz was sidelined by a season-ending injury in Week 14. However, Wentz is expected to remain a topic of conversation in the broadcast booth during Saturday’s contest, with the odds of the 25-year-old rising star’s name getting mentioned more than 2.5 times listed at a short -300.

Elsewhere on the Divisional Round props, the odds of at least one road team claiming victory this week sit at a short +120, while victories by all four road teams would pay out on +10000 odds. In addition, the odds of a quarterback catching a pass in any of this weekend’s matchups are pegged at a lengthy +1000 on the NFL playoffs props.


*Odds as of January 11, 2018

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