Over the course of time, NFL offenses have evolved from running run-first, ball control types of schemes, to more aggressive, pass-heavy offensive attacks. As a result, quarterbacks all around the league are accumulating passing yards at a blistering pace. In fact, one of the signal callers we are going to mention in this article is going to break the league’s all-time record for career passing yards this season (barring injury, of course). As usual his odds of taking home this year’s NFL passing crown are high.
With football season nearly upon us, here is a look at who the Vegas oddsmakers are picking to lead the NFL in passing yards in 2018.
Odds as of July 24, 2018 courtesy of Sportsbook.ag.
Ben Roethlisberger (+1000)
Roethlisberger has the added advantage of having the NFL’s best wide receiver, Antonio Brown, at his disposal. On top of that, he also has solid targets in wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darrius Heyward-Bey, and running back Le’Veon Bell (assuming his holdout doesn’t go too deep into the season). If he stays healthy, ‘Big Ben’ will likely flirt with 5,000 passing yards in 2018.
Aaron Rodgers (+800)
In our eyes, Rodgers is the best offensive player in the NFL today. If he stays healthy, expect the 34-year-old to contend for the league-lead in practically every major passing stat category — especially with Green Bay’s offseason acquisition of All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham.
Drew Brees (+600)
As mentioned above, Brees is going to overtake Peyton Manning atop the NFL’s career passing yards list this season if he stays healthy. That said, we don’t really like the 39-year-old gunslinger’s chances here given the Saints’ newfound commitment to their rushing attack.
Tom Brady (+400)
The Patriots will only go as far as Brady can carry them. Expect the legendary quarterback to throw the ball A LOT in 2018. It’s easy to see why he’s the Vegas favorite going into the season.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
Other notable players to watch:
- Kirk Cousins (+1500)
- Matthew Stafford (+1500)
- Philip Rivers (+1500)
- Matt Ryan (+1800)
- Deshaun Watson (+2000)
- Jimmy Garoppolo (+2000)
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