NFL 2015 Player Prop Bet Odds- Most Rushing Yards


Aug 2015

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NFL 2015 Player Prop Bet Odds- Most Rushing Yards

Sports bettors are probably chomping at the bit to wager on some NFL games that actually count in the standings, but with two more weeks until the start of the 2015 regular season there is plenty of action to be found in BetOnline’s NFL betting odds for a number of team and player props.

The following is a look at the player prop odds for which NFL running back will win the 2015 regular season rushing title.

The name at the top of BetOnline’s current list is Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. Throughout his eight-year NFL career he has been one of the top backs in the league, but some off-field issues completely derailed his 2014 season. Listed at +450 betting odds to climb back on top in 2015, I would be a bit skeptical about making him my top choice. The rust from such a long layoff could linger through the first part of the season and the emergence of Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings’ passing game could impact his touches all season long.

The second name on the list at +600 betting odds is Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles. Last year he rushed for 1,033 yards on 206 carries to finish all the way back in 13th-place in the final standings. His best year as a pro came in 2012 when he carried the ball 285 times for 1,509 yards to finish fourth on the list. The possible drain on his value this season could be third-year head coach Andy Reid’s decision to pick-up his former wide receiver in Philadelphia Jeremy Maclin as a free agent. This could point to the passing game playing a bigger role in the entire offensive scheme this year.

Head coach Chip Kelly is also entering his third season as Reid’s replacement in Philadelphia and he decided to replace the 2013 rushing champ LeSean McCoy with DeMarco Murray, who won the rushing title in 2014 while a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Murray has been listed as a +600 third-favorite to lead the way again for the Eagles. The offensive scheme in Philadelphia is conducive to the running game, but Kelly has already raised concern about Murray’s 392 carries last season on his way to gaining 1,845 yards. The Eagles also brought in Ryan Matthews from San Diego to help lighten the load so it is safe to assume that Murray’s touches will go down quite a bit in 2015.

There are a pair of running backs at +800 betting odds to win the 2015 NFL rushing title starting with Marshawn Lynch in Seattle. Everyone knows what a force he can be running the ball and his team’s high rate of success the past few seasons can be directly attributed to his late-game running that has helpedto seal quite a few wins. Lynch’s best season in his eight-year NFL career came in 2012 when he rushed for 1,590 yards on 315 attempts to finish third on the list. He was fourth last season with 1,306 rushing yards, but his total carries continued to decline for the third-straight season. This downward trend should continue this year, especially with the addition of tight end Jimmy Graham as a key weapon for the passing game.

The name at the top of my list as far as betting odds value to win this season’s rushing title is Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy at +600. In his first two seasons as a pro he has shown some solid consistency with 1,178 yards on 284 carries as a rookie and 1,139 yards on 246 carries last season. The Packers are obviously built to throw the ball with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, but the recent loss of wide receiver Jordy Nelson with a torn ACL could actually work in Lacy’s favor as far as getting a few more touches this season. With a career average of 4.4 yards a carry those extra attempts could keep him right in the mix at the top of the list.