NFL props: Most passing yards is a tight race

Aug 13, 2012 |

Betting on player props is a nice alternative from the usual moneyline, pointspread and total wagers. Let's take a look at three proposition bets available to heighten your interest in the NFL this season.

NFL player futures' odds courtesy of

Most Passing Yards

Drew Brees +350

Brees set NFL single-season records with 468 completions, 5,476 yards passing and a 71.2 completion percentage in 2011. He also helped the Saints set an NFL high for total offensive yards in a season with 7,474.

Tom Brady +350

Brady eclipsed the 5,000 yards passing mark last season and led the Patriots to the Super Bowl. One question mark going into this season for Brady is how he’ll get on without his passing guru. Tom Martinez, who assisted Brady with his throwing mechanics since high school, died of a heart attack on Feb. 21.

Matthew Stafford +550

Stafford is the third member of the 5,000 yard passing club from last season. The Lions pivot threw for 5,038 yards on 663 attempts, connecting for 41 touchdowns.

Possible sleeper picks:

Peyton Manning +1600
Matt Schaub +3300
Cam Newton +3300

Most Receiving Yards

Calvin Johnson +300

Johnson led the NFL with 1,681 receiving yards last season to go along with 16 TD receptions and played all 16 games for just the second time in his career.

Larry Fitzgerald +600

Fitzgerald finished the 2011 campaign with 80 receptions for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns. Pretty good numbers considering he was taking passes from both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.

Andre Johnson +750

Johnson is the only receiver to have at least 60 catches in each of his first eight seasons. He has 706 catches for 9,656 yards and 52 touchdowns, but can he stay healthy in 2012? Johnson has missed 12 games the last two seasons, including nine in the 2011 regular season.

Possible sleeper picks:

Greg Jennings +1800
Wes Welker  + 2000
DeSean Jackson +5000

Offensive Rookie of the Year

Andrew Luck +310

Luck looked awfully good in the Colts’ preseason opener Sunday, firing two TD passes in his NFL debut. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft is the favorite for the award.

Robert Griffin III +500

The Redskins have bet it all on RG3 and maybe bettors should too. The Baylor standout also looked good in his NFL debut last week and will be the focal point of the Washington offense this season.

Trent Richardson +500

The No. 3 overall pick is already having injury issues with his left knee and will see a specialist Thursday. Cleveland traded up to select Richardson, who helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship last season.

Possible sleeper picks:

Justin Blackmon +700
Brandon Weeden +1400
Ryan Tannehill +2500

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