Who will lead the NFL in passing?
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – Which quarterback will throw for the most passing yards in the 2014 NFL regular season? Peyton Manning is favored but he has some company.
Manning led the NFL in passing a year ago when he threw for 5,477 yards while leading the Broncos to the Super Bowl. The next closest signal-caller was Drew Brees of the Saints, who threw for 5,162 yards while leading the Saints to the second round of the playoffs. The Lions’ Matthew Stafford (4,650), the Falcons’ Matt Ryan (4,515) and the Chargers’ Philip Rivers (4,478) rounded out the top 5 passing leaders in 2013.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Manning and Brees are co-favored to throw for the most yards in 2014 at 11/4 odds, respectively. After an injuries robbed him of a full season a year ago, Aaron Rodgers of the Packers is 7/1 to throw for the most passing yards in 2014 while Stafford has 15/2 odds. Tom Brady of the Patriots is also 12/1 while Ryan is 16/1 and Andrew Luck of the Colts is 18/1.
Rivers, Jay Cutler of the Bears and Tony Romo of the Cowboys are 20/1 to rack up the most passing yards this upcoming season, while Nick Foles of the Eagles is 25/1 and Eli Manning of the Giants is 33/1. The odds drop off dramatically from there, as Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers is 66/1 and Robert Griffin III of the Redskins is 75/1.
The 100/1 long shots include Andy Dalton of the Bengals, Carson Palmer of the Cardinals, Joe Flacco of the Ravens, Josh McCown of the Buccaneers, Matt Schaub of the Raiders, Russell Wilson of the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins and Sam Bradford of the Rams, respectively. Cam Newton of the Panthers is also 150/1 to lead the league in passing, as are Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and rookie Johnny Manziel of the Browns. The biggest long shot is Alex Smith of the Chiefs, who is 250/1.