NFL Football Odds & Week 2 Betting Props
by Richard Gardner | Bodog Sportsbook Manager - 9/17/2010
After an eventful kickoff to the 2010 NFL season, there are plenty of storylines for bettors to consider heading into Week 2 of the schedule. That means lots of fun, inventive NFL props at Bodog’s online sportsbook, some of which I thought I’d share here.
The biggest story of Week 1, of course, was injuries, which were plentiful. For example, both starting quarterbacks for the Eagles and Lions, Kevin Kolb and Matthew Stafford, have been ruled out for the Philly-Detroit clash on Sunday, so obviously bettors are curious about how their replacements will fare.
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For the Lions, we’ve set Shaun Hill’s total passing yards at 195.5, with most of the early action coming on the under. (He is, after all, on the Lions.) Detroit struggled to do much of anything offensively last week against Chicago, racking up just 168 total yards in a 19-14 loss, 148 of those yards through the air. For his part, Hill was average at best in his relief of Stafford, completing just 9 of 19 pass attempts for 88 yards, though I can think of one pass that came pretty close to being complete. If you’re looking for a reason to take the over, it might be that the Lions were so bad running the ball against the Bears that they’ll be forced to go to the air early and often.
Michael Vick will get the start for the Eagles and we’ve set his total yards at 235.5. Unlike Hill, Vick was very good in relief last week, going 16-24 for 175 yards against the Packers. He’ll have some extra motivation as well, knowing that his play while Kolb is hurt could very well increase his chances of starting in the future.
Green Bay is another team that’s been beset by early injury problems. Running back Ryan Grant is done for the season and will be replaced by unheralded Brandon Jackson on Sunday against Buffalo. We set his total rushing yards at 82.5, which turned out to be a good number with action being booked on both the over and under. I suppose, on the one hand, Jackson is an unproven entity, but on the other, he’s only facing the Bills, so how good does he really have to be?
One last prop I thought I’d share: Will Houston’s Arian Foster rush for 200 yards or more again in the regular season? Now, that’s a pretty tall order for a running back – two 200-yard games in a single season – which is why the “Yes” option pays out +700 and the “No” option is at -1400. As a comparison, Chris Johnson had a pretty good year in 2009 for the Titans, and he only eclipsed the 200-yard mark once, though he did rush for 197 yards on another occasion. In 2007, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson ran for 200 yards twice, so that’s what Foster is up against. In other words, I don’t think we’ll be booking many bets on “Yes” for this one.
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