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2012 Regular Season Prop Bets

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The NFL season is finally upon us! More importantly, its time to delve into this years season long prop bets and see what tasty options are available. There are prop bets for everyone! Whether you think the New York Jets are going to finish last in the AFC East (like me) or go on to win Super Bowl XLVII (not me), there is a bet for you!

Season Prop Bets:

New York Jets to win under 8.5 games (-180)

Fine. The New York Jets may not finish last in the AFC East (the Miami Dolphins may claim that prize), but nine wins? Lets break down their schedule with a BEST case scenario:

Lose vs. Buffalo Bills
Lose at Pittsburgh Steelers
Win at Miami Dolphins
Lose vs. San Francisco 49ers
Lose vs. Houston Texans
Win vs. Indianapolis Colts
Lose at New England Patriots
Win vs. Miami Dolphins
Lose at Seattle Seahawks
Win at St. Louis Rams
Lose vs. New England Patriots
Win vs. Arizona Cardinals
Win at Jacksonville Jaguars
Win at Tennessee Titans
Lose vs. San Diego Chargers
Lose at Buffalo Bills

Seven wins with four of them coming on the road against arguably equal or lesser teams. The Jets under 8.5 wins ranks atop the guarantees list with death and taxes.

Jimmy Graham to record +35 receiving yards over Rob Gronkowski (-135)

The 35 yards is nothing more than a little buffer. The New Orleans Saints lost an offensive weapon in Robert Meachem while the New England Patriots gained an offensive weapon in Brandon Lloyd. New Orleans has the easiest passing strength of schedule while New England has the third most difficult! All signs point to Graham having a far greater opportunity than Gronkowski barring a major injury to Drew Brees (or Graham himself for that matter).

Greg Olsen over 550.5 receiving yards (-115)

Olsen had 540 receiving yards in 2011. Ron Rivera has already stated that Olsen will be more involved this year. This stat-line should be easily attainable now that Jeremy Shockey is not around to vulture targets and receiving yards from Olsen. I have yet to hear a good reason why Olsen will not better his numbers from last season.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis over 850.5 rushing yards (-115)

Lead running backs have averaged more than 1,100 rushing yards per season during Marvin Lewis’ tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Bernard Scott can’t stay healthy enough to play and was never the answer in Cincinnati. Green-Ellis is the most reliable running back in the game when it comes to ball control (he has zero fumbles in his entire NFL career) and will thrive in Cincinnati’s offense as the feature back.