2014 Regular Season Passing Leader: NFL Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses
Predicting Who Leads The NFL In Passing Yards In 2014
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Here we will be breaking down some of the NFL quarterbacks who have a chance to finish the 2014 season with the most passing yards. Peyton Manning enters as the favorite with odds of +225, but as you know by now I usually always shy away from those lines and look to hit the deep ball on futures and prop bets. We’re going to need a lot of those in order to top the Denver starter, huh?
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Well, here are some players you should consider if you’re looking into laying something down for this NFL prop.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – With Manning being the favorite, there’s value to getting Brees at odds of +350. Brees has led the NFL in passing yards in two of the last three seasons and nearly was able to top Manning last year with an incredible 5,162 yards, which was just 315 yards shy of the Denver Broncos quarterback. Brees has thrown 650 or more passes in four straight seasons and will likely have a similar workload this season with a Saints running game that ranks 25th in the league in rushing yards. Even at 35 years old, Brees is still one of the top quarterbacks in this league and can finish with the most passing yards if he gets off to a faster start than last season.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – One of the real dark horse quarterbacks I’m giving a chance to finish with the most passing yards is Matt Ryan. You can get the Atlanta Falcons star at odds of +1600. The main reason I’m taking this bet is the fact Ryan has the best wide receiver duo on his team with Roddy White and Julio Jones. If those two guys are healthy, Ryan doesn’t have to do much besides find the open man. The Falcons are also starting to become more of a passing team lately, as Ryan has thrown a combined 1,266 balls in the last two seasons and has completed more than 67 percent of those attempts. Last year nothing went right for the Falcons, but there’s too much talent on this team to expect the same results. With a veteran quarterback and weapons all around him, I’ll throw the Atlanta starter a bone or two on this prop bet.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears – Pretty much the same reason I’m going with Ryan, is the same reason I’m giving Cutler a shot. Yes, I know, Cutler continues to let everybody down and while he did cut back on the turnovers last season, he hasn’t topped 4,000 passing yards in five straight seasons. But it is impossible to ignore a wide receiver combination of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Those two monsters go up and get the football with the best of them and will make plenty of plays once again for Cutler and the Bears. Last year, Marshall and Jeffery combined for more than 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns, and are likely just getting started with their elite production together. Yes, it is a shot in the dark with putting any trust in Cutler, but I can’t turn down odds of +3300.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts – Even with Manning long gone, the Colts still have no running game. With Luck entering his third season and proving he’s more than capable of carrying the Colts, I expect him to top 600 pass attempts like he did in his rookie season. That’s good news for Luck considering he has T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks as wide receivers. Luck is due for a monster season with all the pieces around him, and the Colts are likely going to abandon the running game often with Trent Richardson and others stinking up the joint. I love, love, love getting Luck with odds of +1800.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins – He’s healthy, has Desean Jackson now at wide receiver and is the longest shot on the board with odds of +6600. Really doubt RG3 has any chance to winning this prop, but in theory it makes sense, I guess.