Alex Smith Moves Up as Betting Favorite To Win 2020 NFL CPOY Award

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  • Alex Smith is the new odds on favorite to win the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
  • Smith played his first game in two years last weekend against the Rams.
  • However, Kyle Allen remains as the Washington starter according to coach Ron Rivera.

Alex Smith defied the odds after suffering a life-threatening leg injury. Now the odds are backing him to win the NFL’s 2020 Comeback Player of the Year award.

New Betting Favorite

The 36-year old Smith was a long +1200 to win the CPOY award last August. Back then, it was Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger who topped the oddsboard at +300. Both Cam and Big Ben have been triumphant in their return from injury this season.

Newton has thrown for 714 yards and has rushed for 149 in just three games played for the New England Patriots this season. The former MVP has thrown for two scores and has rushed for another four touchdowns this year. Meanwhile, Big Ben has put up already 1,016 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and only one interception.

With those numbers, Newton and Roethlisberger have lived up to their status as the betting favorites to win the award. But surprisingly, FanDuel’s latest oddsboard has a new odds on favorite in the person of Alex Smith of the Washington Football Team. Smith is currently pegged at -330 at FanDuel while Newton and Roethlisberger are listed next at +420 apiece.

Alex Smith played his first game in two seasons last weekend. He didn’t put up incredible numbers nor did he lead his team to victory. But the mere fact that he played last weekend was enough to put him on top of the betting odds boards.

Life Threatening Injury

Smith broke the tibia and fibula of his right leg during a November 2018 game against the Houston Texans. He underwent a total of 17 surgeries after suffering an infection caused by a flesh-eating bacteria. Because of that, doctors not only feared that he would lose his leg but also his life. Despite the gravity of his injury, Smith vowed to play football again.

He went through a long recovery and then in August, he was miraculously cleared to resume football activities. Despite that, many were skeptic if his newfound health would ultimately lead him back to the field in a real game. Those doubts were erased last weekend when Smith saw action during their game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Smith checked in to replace starter Kyle Allen who went down went down with an injury. The 36-year old played the entire second half and completed 9 of 17 passes for 37 yards with one rushing yard. Washington lost the game 30-10 and Smith’s numbers were not impressive. However, the mere fact that he was able to take a snap in that game was nothing short of a miracle.

Allen Remains Starter

Kyle Allen’s first game as the Washington Football Team’s starter ended earlier than expected. But coach Ron Rivera says that he saw what they were looking for in Allen and he liked the way the offense played before he was hurt. Rivera also added that for as long as he is healthy, Allen will be Washington’s starting quarterback.

The 24-year old was knocked from Washington’s 30-10 loss to the LA Rams last weekend due to an arm injury suffered in the second quarter. He was also checked for a concussion but the tests came out negative. According to Rivera, Allen was ever cleared to return in last week’s game but decided to sit it out because he felt sore. Provided that Allen’s arm feels well during the week, he will be good to go against the Giants.

Washington faces a New York Giants team which has not yet won in five tries. The Washington Football team heads to Sunday’s game as +3 point underdogs in the spread betting and a slight +125 dog at the moneyline odds. Washington has allowed more than 30 points in their last four games and have lost those games by at least 14 points. Their last 21 defeats have come via five points or more.

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