Can Russell Wilson lead the league in passing yards? Let's examine that and more with our top NFL quarterback bets for 2022.
The first game of the 2022 NFL season is officially one week away. Yes, life will be worth living again, and we'll also be able to enjoy our Sundays shortly after the Thursday night opener. Maybe I'm speaking for myself, but I'm sure you fall into this category too. Don't deny it.
With the season fast approaching, there's not much time left to make futures bets. Let's break down a few of the top quarterback futures plays for the 2022 NFL season (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and Caesars Sportsbook).
Top Quarterback Bets
Quarterback Bets Predictions
Carr Over 4450.5 passing yards (-110)
This number is slightly over 350 yards fewer than what Carr finished with in 2021.
He now gets the offensive-minded Josh McDaniels as his head coach. McDaniels is adept at tailoring game plans around individual players. Carr will also be throwing to his former college teammate, Davante Adams. He's been the NFL's best receiver for the past two seasons while racking up nearly 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns, and Adams has already built up chemistry with Carr.
The passer also works with other dynamic receiving weapons in Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow.
Another factor in Carr's favor here is playing in the AFC West. Each team boasts star quarterbacks and elite offensive weapons, and the Raiders will consistently be in shootouts.
Everything aligns perfectly for Carr to register a significant passing yards total again.
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Mayfield Under 3650.5 passing yards (-112)
Mayfield only exceeded this total twice during his four years with the Cleveland Browns. He's now on a Carolina Panthers team that leans on defense.
The signal-caller will benefit from throwing to solid weapons in DJ Moore and Robbie Anderson. But we can assume he'll be checking down or handing it off to the lethal Christian McCaffrey often. Run CMC is the focal point of Carolina's offense, and head coach Matt Rhule will lean on him and the defense to do most of the work.
The Panthers will also face the 12th-hardest schedule in 2022, and a brutal stretch in October that includes the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mayfield is a viable NFL starter, but he's nothing more than a game-manager. Don't expect him to be slinging the rock all over this season.
Wilson most regular-season passing yards (+1500)
This will finally be the year we see Russ cook. Wilson now finds himself on a Denver Broncos team with exceptional receiving talents, and a head coach in Nathaniel Hackett who will allow him to play freely offensively.
In Seattle, head coach Pete Carroll insisted on running the ball. Though the Broncos boast a solid running back duo in Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon, Hackett and offensive coordinator Justin Outten will let Wilson air it out.
Much like Carr, Wilson will be letting it fly in games against AFC West foes, and he'll be throwing to a fantastic receiving tandem in Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. Sutton is an elite red-zone and outside target, and Jeudy is a top-tier option between the numbers. Third-year receiver and downfield threat KJ Hamler is poised to take the next step, too, creating even further problems through the air for opposing defenses.
The stars are finally aligning for Wilson to produce his best offensive season yet, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him lead the NFL in passing yards in 2022.
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