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Betting on the Bills: Over/under player stats

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.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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