Most Passing Yards Odds
August 6, 2018
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The passing game has exploded in recent years, as teams continue to move the ball efficiently behind their quarterbacks. This is a golden age of arms in the NFL and the race for the most passing yards in the NFL in 2018 is going to be a thrilling one to watch.
Tom Brady is one of the oldest players in the NFL but he has not lost his effectiveness and is in fact the favorite to throw for the most yards in the NFL this season. It is a pretty strong voice of approval from the oddsmakers, but it’s also a number that speaks to how much action he will get as the most famous quarterback on the best team in the NFL.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has the second-best odds and he has the talent to be among the leaders. He may be slowed by the team’s fortified groups other than the passing game. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are a nice 1-2 punch running the ball while the defense has stepped up, which means fewer need for shootout wins. Brees can dial it up with the best of them but may not need to as much in 2018.
The Chargers’ Philip Rivers is next on the list, followed by the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. All of these quarterbacks are established stars in the NFL and it’s no surprise to see them among the top candidates. Much of it may depend on game circumstances.
Teams that are trailing rely on their quarterbacks to get them back in games, and guys like Rodgers, Brady, Brees and Co. can put up huge passing yardage in those situations. So while some of this is skill to be in the mix there is also some luck in NFL gambling.
Most Passing Yards Odds - per BookMaker.eu
Tom Brady +400
Drew Brees +518
Philip Rivers +768
Aaron Rodgers +910
Matthew Stafford +1249
Ben Roethlisberger +1460
Matt Ryan +1573
Jimmy Garoppolo +1573
Patrick Mahomes +2046
Kirk Cousins +2127
Alex Smith +2127
Deshaun Watson +2242
Carson Wentz +2698
Jared Goff +3046
Andrew Luck +3282
Russell Wilson +4085
Derek Carr +5000
Eli Manning +5000
Case Keenum +6600
Ryan Tannehill +6600
Sam Bradford +6600
Cam Newton +8000
Andy Dalton +8000
Dak Prescott +10000
Marcus Mariota +10000
Joe Flacco +12500
Mitchell Trubisky +12500
Brady and the Patriots figure to blow out some opponents which will keep his yardage down, so he is not a good value despite all the ease at which he completes passes. Brees is in a different situation these days so he, too, is not a great value despite his natural ability.
The best choice is definitely Rodgers, who is going to be super motivated returning to the field after missing a big chunk of last year due to injury. Green Bay isn’t dominant around him so Rodgers’ golden right arm will be needed to win some games, which will give him a nice run at the yardage total. Rodgers has great odds and bettors should be all over that wager.
As for the longshots, there is one quarterback that sticks out in particular. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has great mobility so it is understandable why he is a longshot, but teams realize this and will aim to box him in. Wilson will run but his carries have slowed in recent years as he uses his ability to scramble to continue to look downfield. Wilson has talent and more importantly, the Seattle defense lost a lot of talent this offseason. The Seahawks aren’t expected to shut down opponents any longer, which could lead to a more offensive mentality. Wilson is a sneaky good bet as such an underdog play.
While Wilson and others should be in the mix, Rodgers is the choice to have a huge year and lead the NFL in passing yards in NFL gambling.
Most Passing Yards Pick: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
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