Sports journalist and personality Julian Edlow gives his NFL predictions as the 2020 season gets ready to get underway. He has placed several NFL props bets on different football players on DraftKings sportsbook ahead of 2020 Week 1, and sports gambling fans have a number of interesting choices to explore. Some are to be expected, while others seem to be a long pass into thin air.
2020 Props Bets Are The Future Of NFL Gambling
It’s time to let the NFL take the lead and become the trend with sports gamblers. Back in April and May, Edlow spent a good amount of time doing research on futures and, at that time, it was not a good idea to bet because there were too many uncertainties. Because the season is about to kick off, we can feel more confident to wager on futures than four or five months ago, even without a preseason, and bettors can start filling out their slips now.
According to Edlow, quarterback Cam Newton is getting +100 to pass for more than 3250.5 yards. This had been the same at 2950.0 since the New England Patriots acquired Newton, but some things needed to be confirmed before placing a NFL props bet for 2020 without thinking. Despite his health issues, it’s confirmed that Newton is playing with the Patriots. According to Edlow, it’s not an easy task to determine how the Patriots offense will look like without Tom Brady, and with no preseason games, but he has high hopes for Newton.
Due to a couple of injuries in the NFL, Newton only played two games last season, which puts him at a disadvantage. He is apparently recovered and the Pats are looking to build an offense around him this season. If that happens, he might reach Edlow’s prediction.
Now we have Kyler Murray, who’s getting -110 for passing yards over 3850.5 (-110). Making a decision here is easy. Murray passed for 3,722 yards as a rookie, so it’s expected that his completion percentage goes up a little bit while feeling more at ease while continuing with the Arizona Cardinals. Murray can improve his numbers by just 150 yards more, and if he stays healthy, he can change this number.
In regard to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, Edlow gives him -106 for his passing touchdowns to go over 21.5. Edlow mentions that he is keen to play over on QBs selected number one in a draft, but adds that wouldn’t generally be acceptable to use his LSU metrics as a basis for what he can achieve in the NFL, but he was a massive force in every way with the school.
The Heisman Trophy winner threw 60 touchdowns in 15 games last season with the Tigers and, while issues will come, the Bengals have a tough solid group of wide receivers for Burrow to target straight away. A. J. Green will certainly be one of these targets and will help Burrow have a spectacular season.
Aaron Jones is getting -117 to have his rushing yards stay under 950.5. Stats for the Green Bay Packers’ primary running back prove his worth to the team and, now, conditions are good for him to conquer a big NFL season in 2020 so definitely a good props bet option. For the first time last season, he played all 16 games in his career, and he rushed for 1,084 yards on 236 carries. Jones will have a great season if he stays healthy. However, he will have to compete for field time with A.J. Dillon, which is why he’s not expected to be able to reach 950 yards.
Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans won’t be able to reach 1325.5 rushing yards. At least, that’s what Edlow envisions. He’s giving the running back -124 that he’ll stay below the mark. He is expected to repeat as the NFL’s leading rusher this season, after having picked up 1,540 yards in 2019. However, the Titans might opt to spread the ball around more this year, keeping Henry from taking all the glory.