Drew Brees, who has led the NFL in passing yards seven times, will once again be the favorite when the 2017 season opens up in September. Bovada Sportsbook has set his odds at +300 that he will do it for an eighth time. 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 11th, 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. The 38-year-old has missed just two regular-season games since he was 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 Passing Yards Prop as he pursues a fourth straight 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 Oakland’s 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 thrown for over 4,700 yards in three of the past six seasons.
Rodgers is coming off an up and down season with the Packers, who endured a four-game midseason slide before finishing the regular season with six straight wins. Rogers totaled 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 and the Raiders after recently signing a five-year, $125 million contract. Carr has thrown for over 3,900 yards in each of the past two years, but even more is expected of him and Oakland as they are 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’ 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.