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Patriots' Mac Jones widens lead in NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year race

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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is starting to separate himself in the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award race.

He completed 23 of his 32 pass attempts for a career-high 310 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions during the Patriots' 36-13 win over the Tennessee Titans in Sunday's Week 12 game.

Jones has thrown for 2,850 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions through 12 games. His 70.3 completion percentage is the third-best among all quarterbacks.

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Barring an unforeseen development (or two) over the final month of the regular season, we're going to have a two-man race for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

It's between Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase.

Here are the latest betting lines for the award, via PointsBet odds:

Player Team Position Odds
Mac Jones NE QB -300
Ja'Marr Chase CIN WR +200
Najee Harris PIT RB +3000
Jaylen Waddle MIA WR +3000
Elijah Mitchell SF RB +4000
Javonte Williams DEN RB +5000
Trevor Lawrence JAX QB +6000
DeVonta Smith PHI WR +6600
Justin Fields CHI QB +7000
Kyle Pitts ATL TE +7000

Chase still has a shot. He's tallied 50 receptions for 906 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns through 11 games. The former LSU star ranks sixth in yards and tied for fourth in touchdowns among all wideouts.

The Bengals are in a playoff spot and sit just one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North. If Chase closes the season strong and Cincinnati wins the division, it's possible he could overtake Jones and win the award.

That said, quarterbacks typically get a lot of love from voters with these awards. Leading a team to a division title and potentially the No. 1 seed in the conference as a rookie quarterback would be quite impressive. Jones would be an easy pick in that scenario.