Bookmaker sets bar for Lions' Stafford at 4,400 yards

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, left, hasn't topped 4,400 yards passing in season since 2013.

Orchard Park, N.Y. — Bovada released individual player performance prop bets on Thursday and the online gambling site is bullish when it comes to the Lions’ top offensive weapons.

For example, it’s been four years since Matthew Stafford has topped 4,400 passing yards, but that’s the over/under for the Lions quarterback, to go along with 27.5 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Stafford has averaged 25.4 touchdowns the past five seasons and topped 27 once in the last three. As for the interceptions, the number reflects a respect for Stafford’s more cautious approach under coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

In 25 games since Cooter became offensive coordinator, Stafford has thrown only 14 picks.

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Even with an expectation for an uptick in Stafford’s production, Bovada is also cautiously optimistic on Detroit’s ground game, setting the bar for starting running back Ameer Abdullah at 850 yards and 6.5 combined touchdowns.

The best bet might on Theo Riddick, who is only projected to catch 69.5 balls. He hauled in 80 two years ago, and was on a better per game pace last season, before a wrist injury ended his year prematurely.

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