2024-25 NFL odds: Will J.J. McCarthy or Sam Darnold begin for Vikings?

by Christina S. Brown
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There’s certainly a quarterback competitors in Minnesota. 

The Vikings have undergone a makeover to their QB room this offseason. Longtime signal-caller Kirk Cousins — he spent the previous six seasons in Minnesota — bolted to Atlanta in free company, and with that, the Vikings signed veteran QB Sam Darnold to a one-year deal and drafted Michigan standout J.J. McCarthy with the tenth decide within the 2024 NFL Draft. 

So, which newly-acquired quarterback will discover himself below heart to the beginning the season?

Let’s try the chances at DraftKings Sportsbook as of Might 29.


Sam Darnold, -200 (guess $10 to win $15 whole)
J.J. McCarthy, +150 (guess $10 to win $25 whole)

First to Darnold. 

The previous No. 3 decide is barely 26 years outdated and can now swimsuit up for his fourth group in seven years. He performed final season in San Francisco, beginning one recreation for the 49ers — a 21-20 Week 18 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in what was a meaningless recreation by way of playoff standings. 

After beginning 49 video games throughout his first 4 seasons, Darnold began six video games for the Panthers in 2022 earlier than that Week 18 begin final season. He’s 21-35 as a starter throughout his profession, with a profession QB ranking of 78.3.

Now, to McCarthy. 

The Michigan product was certainly one of six QBs taken within the first 12 picks, and is coming off a nationwide title win with the Wolverines. 

McCarthy, 21, began 29 video games for the Maize and Blue during the last two seasons, struggling only a single loss.

Nevertheless, McCarthy by no means threw for 3,000 yards in a season and had a complete of 5,710 passing yards and 44 touchdowns over the previous two seasons. To place that in context, former USC star Caleb Williams, the No. 1 decide within the 2024 draft, threw for 8,170 yards and 72 touchdowns over the previous two years. 

McCarthy threw 9 whole interceptions in 2022 and 2023. Williams threw 10, regardless of having 440 extra passing makes an attempt. 

The one QB that was chosen after McCarthy within the first spherical, former Oregon QB Bo Nix, threw for 8,101 yards, 74 TDs and 10 interceptions during the last two seasons. He tried 431 extra passes than McCarthy. 

Nonetheless, at DraftKings, McCarthy is at +350 to have essentially the most passing yards for a rookie QB this upcoming season (third on the oddsboard), and his Over/Underneath passing yards is about at 2,825.5.

He’s additionally fourth on the oddsboard to win Offensive Rookie of the Yr at +1200.

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