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Brees Favorite to Lead in Passing Yards

Brees Favorite to Lead in Passing Yards - Bovada Sportsbook

After leading the NFL in passing yards for an unprecedented seventh time a year ago, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has emerged as the early favorite to once again lead the league in passing yards at +300 odds for the upcoming season.

Brees will kick off his 16th season as an NFL starter when the Saints visit the Minnesota Vikings for a Week 1 matchup on September 11, but he has shown no signs of slowing down after leading the league for a third straight season in 2016 with 5,208 passing yards.

A crucial component to Brees’ dominance under center has been his durability. The 38-year-old has missed just two regular-season contests since his final campaign with the San Diego Chargers in 2005, and just eight total games since first becoming an NFL starter with San Diego three years earlier.

Brees faces stiff competition on the NFL season props as he pursues a fourth straight passing yards crown. A trio of star passers closely trail Brees, led by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at +600, and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, who sits alongside rising star Derek Carr at +800.

Brady missed the first four games of the 2016 NFL campaign while sitting out a suspension, and finished well back of the passing leaders with 3,554 yards. However, the four-time Super Bowl MVP has led the league in passing yards on two occasions, in 2005 and 2007, and has tossed for over 4,700 yards in three of the past six seasons.

 

Rodgers Ranks Behind Brees and Brady

Rodgers is coming off a roller coaster campaign with the Packers, who endured a four-game midseason slide before finishing the regular season with six straight wins, with the 33-year-old tallying 4,428 passing yards and a league-leading 40 touchdown passes. However, Rodgers has yet to reach 5,000 yards in an NFL season, and has cracked 4,300 yards just twice in the past four years.

Expectations are high for Carr after recently signing a mammoth five-year, $125 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. Carr has thrown for over 3,900 yards in each of the past two years, but the sky is the limit for the 26-year-old who leads a Raiders squad that has emerged as a strong +1200 wager on the Super Bowl LII odds.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan has averaged over 4,600 passing yards over the past seven seasons, finishing second to Brees with 4,944 yards in 2016, and sits at +1000. Indianapolis Colts pivot Andrew Luck trails at +1200, while Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins sits alongside Detroit’s Matthew Stafford and Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston at +1600.

 

*Odds as of July 14, 2017

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