Former LSU and current Bengals stars Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase have seen their statistical outputs go through the roof in recent weeks, and the oddsmakers have taken notice.
The Bengals’ offense was off to a relatively slow start through five weeks, but two straight weeks of over 300 passing yards for Burrow and over 100 receiving yards for Chase have them back among the favorites at Caesars Sportsbook to lead the NFL in yardage.
Burrow is currently tied for second among quarterbacks to lead the league in passing yards at +500, and Chase has the fifth-best odds to lead in receiving yards at +1000.
Burrow ranks second in the NFL with 2,097 passing yards, trailing only Patrick Mahomes’ 2,159, and the only quarterback with better odds to lead the league is Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
Allen ranks fifth with 1,980 passing yards, but he’s played one less game due to a bye week and is averaging the most yards per game with 330.
Burrow ranks third in yards per game with 299.6 behind Allen and Mahomes, with Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert being the other contender.
Herbert is third in passing yards with 2,009 and fourth in passing yards per game with 287 and is the only other quarterback with odds under +1000.
Chase currently ranks sixth in receiving and yards per game, trailing the likes of Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, Justin Jefferson, Cooper Kupp and Jaylen Waddle.
Hill, Diggs, Jefferson and Kupp currently have odds at +700 or lower to lead the league in receiving, but Chase’s recent play has him very much in the mix.
Chase currently has lower odds than Waddle, despite currently trailing him in yards. This likely has to do with the fact that Waddle is on the same team as the current leader, Hill.
The early season trend was that Tee Higgins might outproduce Chase as the Bengals’ No. 1 receiver, but those doubts have been squashed with Chase back to producing the elite numbers that saw him finish fourth in receiving yards last season as a rookie.
Burrow ranked sixth in passing yards last season, but he’s currently on pace to up his numbers and is also among the favorites to lead the league in touchdown passes at +600.
Burrow’s also in the mix to win NFL MVP, as he currently has the fifth-best odds to win the award at +1600 behind only Allen, Mahomes, Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson.
Chase is also on the MVP board, but he’s an extreme long shot at +50000.
PASSING YARDS LEADER FAVORITES
All odds from Caesars Sportsbook
Josh Allen, Bills (+250)
Joe Burrow, Bengals (+500)
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (+500)
Justin Herbert, Chargers (+700)
Matt Ryan, Colts (+900)*
Tom Brady, Buccaneers (+1500)
RECEIVING YARDS LEADER FAVORITES
Tyreek Hill, Dolphins (+400)
Justin Jefferson, Vikings (+450)
Stefon Diggs, Bills (+500)
Cooper Kupp, Rams (+700)
Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals (+1000)
Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins (+1500)
A.J. Brown, Eagles (+1500)
NFL MVP FAVORITES
Josh Allen, Bills (+125)
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (+400)
Jalen Hurts, Eagles (+450)
Lamar Jackson, Ravens (+1400)
Joe Burrow, Bengals (+1600)
*- Ryan has been benched by the Colts