Having led the NFL in passing yards every season since 2011, except 2013 where he missed the title by 315 yards to Peyton Manning, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is the obvious choice to lead the league in that stat again. Oddsmakers have staked the 38-year-old to +300 odds to come out on top of the passing yards category this regular season.

Brees has eclipsed the 5,000 yard mark five times in his career, the most recent being last season with 5,208 yards. But he may be in tough to repeat that success in 2017-18. The Saints traded Brandin Cooks, Brees’ most dangerous receiving weapon last season, to the New England Patriots. With last year’s top receiver gone, Brees will look to his new number one target, Michael Tomas, to pick up the slack. Tomas was no slouch last season, tallying 1,136 receiving yards, which was good enough for ninth in the NFL. Football fans will eagerly watch to see how the combination of age and a downgraded receiving corps will affect Brees this season.


Tom Brady: +600

Although he is arguably the most talked-about player in the NFL, bettors may be surprised to see Tom Brady as a +600 second favourite for most passing yards in the upcoming season. Brady has never led the league in passing yards, and has broke the 5,000 yard mark only once in his 16 year career.

Yet, he seems to be getting better with age, and through only 12 games last season, he put up an impressive 3,554 passing yards. Coupled with the fact that the New England Patriots have surrounded Brady with a treasure-trove of receivers, pre-season predictions suggest Brady will be near the top of the league in passing yards come December.


Aaron Rodgers: +800

After finishing the regular season with an unlikely playoff birth, no one can question Aaron Rodgers’ ability to lead a team to victory. He tallied 4,428 total passing yards, which was good enough for fourth in the NFL, last season. Heading into the 2017-18 regular season, oddsmakers feel Rodgers will perform again, and have made him the third favourite to lead the league in passing yards, at +800.

Due to limited receiving depth, Rodgers was forced to rely heavily on WR Jordy Nelson last season, who amassed 1,257 total receiving yards. However, with the addition of TE Martellus Bennett this offseason, Rodgers will have a more dynamic receiving corps, and should be able to spread the ball around more this season. Combined with a lacklustre Packers’ running game, look for Rodgers to break the 5,000 passing yard mark for the first time in his career this coming regular season.


*Odds as of July 19, 2017