2017 NFL Regular Season Most Interceptions Odds
NFL Regular Season Interception Odds
The combination of being a high-risk quarterback on a struggling NFL team can produce detrimental results. Just ask Phillip Rivers, who threw 21 pick-offs last season, which led the entire league. The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback may have finished among the top producing pivots in touchdowns, but a weak offensive line forced Rivers to get the ball out of his hands much quicker — resulting in a high volume of interception passes.
While Rivers led the way in interceptions in 2016, there may be a new pick off king crowned in the upcoming NFL season. Several online sportsbooks are pegging Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles to come out on top as the interceptions leader for the 2017-18 campaign. However, a few more candidates will be in contention to take the undesirable honor.
Here are a few of the favorites to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.lv.
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Blake Bortles (+450)
It’s no secret the Jaguars are going to be bad in the upcoming NFL season. The team finished 3-13 a year ago and things don’t look very promising in Florida in 2017-18. The Jags produced 318 points for last season, which ranked 13th in the AFC and 25th overall. Bortles, who threw 16 interceptions last season, is faced with another challenge as he’ll attempt to carry a weak offense. It will more than likely result in another tough year for the Jaguars, who haven’t reached the playoffs in 10 years. Bortles will be at or near the top of the interception leaders because of that.
Eli Manning (+550)
If there’s one thing two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning has been over his steady career, it’s being efficient. But his throwing options are limited and once defenses place double coverage on wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the NY Giants’ signal caller doesn’t have many strong choices. Manning had a mediocre QB rating of 86 last season while throwing 16 pick offs — tied for fourth most. If OBJ can break through the double coverage, then maybe Manning won’t lead the league in interceptions. Otherwise, it may be a long season for Eli.
Phillip Rivers (+600)
It may be a new setting for the Chargers, who moved from San Diego to Los Angeles. But it’ll be the same old results on the field for Rivers, who will challenge for the league lead in interceptions. Bovada is pegging the reigning interception champ as a +600 favorite to successfully defend that title. Rivers is a true talent but he’s never had the same protecting quarterbacks like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers have had throughout their careers. Despite having one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season, Rivers was still able to finish among the top QBs in touchdown passes.
DeShaun Watson (+1200)
The Brock Osweiler experiment is over in Houston and the Texans are now handing the ball off to a talented freshman. The club moved on from a disastrous decision to sign quarterback Osweiler to a mega-deal that backfired. Instead, drafting NCAA National Football champion Watson, who led the Clemson Orangemen to the title in 2017.
While there are high hopes for the young pivot, Watson will get a dose of reality in the big leagues and will more than likely be among the leaders in interceptions. Luckily for Watson, he has a world-class defense to bail him out of bad situations.
Jay Cutler (+2500)
A season-ending injury to Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has opened the door for Jay Cutler. The Dolphins signed the former Bears QB to a deal after Tannehill suffered a torn ACL during training camp. Cutler steps in as the savior in Miami but keep in mind this is the same quarterback that played just five games in 2016 while throwing five interceptions and four touchdown passes. That’s a pick per game.
If you’re looking for a jackpot pick, Cutler at +2500 is surly the way to go.Pick Blake Bortles (+450) Bovada
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