By Tim Graham
Over/under wagering lines aren't necessarily predictions. They're meant to generate an even number of bets on each side of the number.
And they're terrific for generating discussion.
The oddsmakers at online wagering site Bovada.lv have come up with a bajillion propositional bets on NFL stats this year. Among them are several Buffalo Bills players (link is for, ahem, informational purposes only).
Bovada set quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's totals at 3,500 yards, 22.5 touchdowns and 19.5 interceptions. He's not among the 22 quarterbacks on Bovada's tote board to lead the NFL in passing yards.
Running back Fred Jackson's numbers are 1,050.5 yards and 7.5 touchdowns. He's 35-to-1 to lead the NFL in rushing, the second-longest odds of the 20 backs on the board.
C.J. Spiller is posted at 1,000.5 total yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving combined) and 0.5 return touchdowns.
Stevie Johnson became the first receiver in Bills history with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, and Bovada is skeptical he can make it three in a row. He's posted at 950.5 yards and seven touchdowns.
Tight end Scott Chandler is set at five receiving touchdowns.
On defense, Mario Williams is posted at 9.5 sacks, and Marcell Dareus is posted at 5.5 sacks.
Bovada also offers prop bets on the first coach to be fired (Ken Whisenhunt and Norv Turner are the favorites), the rookie quarterback who'll have the most yards in Week 1, Peyton Manning versus Eli Manning head-to-head and the number of games Michael Vick will start.