2016 NFL Betting: Who Will Lead the League in Passing Yards?

The beginning of a new NFL season is right around the corner and just in time for the start of training camp Bet365 released several player prop bets. One of many prop bets the sportsbook released involves an especially important position in football: the quarterback. These signal callers have an immense impact on the game, and as mentioned in an earlier piece, some of the elite quarterbacks are worth are at least 6-7 points to the spread.

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Last year Drew Brees led the league in passing yards, which marked the fourth time in five years that he accomplished this feat. This season Brees (+500) opens as the favorite, but not by much. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is right on his heels at +550.

Below are the current odds as they appear on Bet365.

Player Bet365 (8/29) Bet365 (7/21)
Drew Brees +500 +500
Ben Roethlisberger +550 +550
Matt Ryan +850 +850
Philip Rivers +1000 +700
Andrew Luck +1000 +1600
Eli Manning +1000 +1000
Carson Palmer +1200 +1200
Aaron Rodgers +1200 +1200
Blake Bortles +2200 +2800
Kirk Cousins +2500 +1600
Tom Brady +2500 +2000
Matthew Stafford +2800 +2000
Joe Flacco +3300 +2500
Derek Carr +3300 +3300
Ryan Tannehill +3300 +3300
Russell Wilson +3300 +6600
Brock Osweiler +5000 +4000
Andy Dalton +6600 +6600
Cam Newton +6600 +6600
Jameis Winston +6600 +6600
Marcus Mariota +8000 +8000
Jay Cutler +8000 +8000
Alex Smith +10000 +10000
Robert Griffin III +12500 +12500
Teddy Bridgewater +12500 +12500
Tyrod Taylor +15000 +15000
Sam Bradford +15000 +17500
Jared Goff +20000 +20000
Mark Sanchez +20000 +20000
Colin Kaepernick +20000 +20000
Blaine Gabbert +20000 +20000
Geno Smith +20000 +20000
Carson Wentz +20000 +20000
Josh McCown +25000 +25000
Jimmy Garoppolo +25000 +25000
Paxton Lynch +30000 +30000
Tony Romo N/A +3300

One player who may be a dark horse in this race is Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers. He trailed Brees by less than a hundred passing yards and that was with his star receiver Keenan Allen missing half the season due to a kidney injury. In addition, Rivers was without another one of his favorite targets, tight end Antonio Gates, who missed four games due to a suspension. With a replenished receiving core, Rivers might be armed to dethrone Brees as the league’s passing leader.

Another player of note is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (+2000), who will miss the first four games of the regular season as a result of Deflategate. Despite missing a quarter of the season, he still has the 10th best odds to lead the league in passing.

Who do you think will lead the league in passing? Will Brees lead the NFL in passing yards yet again? Please leave your comments in the section below.

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Andrew Fine

Andrew is a Sports Betting Specialist for Sports Insights. He can be reached at andrew@sportsinsights.com.

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