Thursday, March 10, 2016

Las Vegas sports books have differing values on Osweiler worth

The new CG Technology sports book on first floor of the Cosmopolitan.
LAS VEGAS -- The Super Bowl champion Broncos worst case scenario for the 2016 season was realized on Wednesday when QB Brock Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Texans, just two days after Peyton Manning announced his retirement. With the most important position on the field being a huge question mark now for Denver, a few Las Vegas sports books made some adjustments on their futures.

"We're moving the Broncos from 15-to-1 to win the Super Bowl up to 25-to-1 and we're dropping the Texans from 40-to-1 down to 20-to-1," said Wynn sports book director John Avello. "It's a significant blow to the Broncos chances, and a huge upgrade for Houston. Their (Texans) QB play was awful last year and Osweiler could be their missing piece. They've got the coach, the defense and now they got a QB."

Houston's defense kept it in most games last season, seven of which it allowed opponents to score 10 points or fewer. The Texans also bolstered their running game by signing RB Lamar Miller from Miami to a four-year, $26 million deal.

The Broncos have more trouble ahead. They already lost DT Malik Jackson to Jacksonville which will weaken its No. 1 ranked defense from last year. Linebackers Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall and DB Omar Bolden could be next to depart to the highest bidders. The offense could be in trouble even further as RBs Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson are free agents. Starting TE Owen Daniels was also cut.

Despite the movement, and more that will happen, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook didn't make any changes to their Super Bowl odds.

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