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Matthew Stafford has 6th-best odds to be NFL’s leading passer in 2017

Vegas is showing the Lions quarterback a little respect.

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Last month, we learned that Matthew Stafford’s MVP odds for the upcoming season rank him just 14th among NFL players and 12th among quarterbacks. However, Bovada released prop bets surrounding stats, and they believe Stafford has a much better chance to be the NFL’s leader in passing yards in 2017. According to the site, Stafford has 16/1 odds to record the most passing yards this season. The only quarterbacks with better odds include Drew Brees (3/1), Tom Brady (6/1), Derek Carr (8/1), Matt Ryan (10/1) and Andrew Luck (16/1).

Stafford has never led the NFL in passing yards in a single season, but he has come close. In fact, in each of the past six seasons, Stafford has finished among the top 10 in passing yards. In 2012, Stafford finished only behind Brees.

Per Pro-Football Reference, only two quarterbacks have thrown for more yards than Stafford since 2011: Drew Brees and Matt Ryan.

Stafford doesn’t have quite as good of odds to finish atop the passing touchdowns leaderboard this season. Bovada lists him as 33/1 odds, good for just 11th-highest among quarterbacks. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Stafford has finished in the top 10 in touchdowns just once in the past three years. That being said, in 2011 he finished with 41 touchdowns, ranking third in the league that year.

As a cherry on top for Stafford, he was not among the 13 quarterbacks listed as the leading candidates to record the most interceptions during the 2017 season. Last year, Stafford threw only 10 interceptions and had an interception rate of just 1.7 percent, the lowest rate of his career for a full season.

In other odds, Golden Tate (50/1) was ranked 13th among wide receivers in odds to finish with the most receiving yards in 2017, while Ameer Abdullah was not even listed among 34 other running backs and their odds to win the rushing title.