- BetOnline lists New Orleans Saints’ QB Drew Brees as the +250 favorite to lead the NFL in passer rating in 2019
- Brees last topped the league in this department in 2009. He finished second in passer rating last season
- Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs was the NFL passer rating champion in 2018
Is a strong Brees about to blow in and capture the NFL passer rating title for the 2019 season? BetOnline believes that to be the case.
The sportsbook lists New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as the +250 chalk to be the leader this season in NFL passer rating. Brees finished second overall last season with a QB rating of 79.2.
2019 NFL Regular Season Passer Ratings Odds
|QB (Team)||2018 Passer Rating (NFL Rank)||Odds at BetOnline|
|Drew Brees (Saints)||79.2 (2nd)||+250|
|Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs)||80.3 (1st)||+300|
|Aaron Rodgers (Packers)||58.0 (16th)||+400|
|Matt Ryan (Falcons)||65.7 (9th)||+450|
|Russell Wilson (Seahawks)||63.3 (11th)||+600|
|DeShaun Watson (Texans)||61.8 (13th)||+1200|
|Philip Rivers (Chargers)||67.8 (7th)||+1200|
|Carson Wentz (Eagles)||62.0 (12th)||+1600|
|Jared Goff (Rams)||63.6 (10th)||+1600|
|Andrew Luck (Colts)||69.6 (5th)||+1800|
|Kirk Cousins (Vikings)||59.5 (14th)||+1800|
|Tom Brady (Patriots)||68.4 (6th)||+2000|
|Baker Mayfield (Browns)||51.2 (23rd)||+3300|
|Jimmy Garappolo (49ers)||90.0 (DNQ)||+3300|
|Mitchell Trubisky (Bears)||71.0 (3rd)||+3300|
*Odds taken on 08/07/19. Follow link for complete list.
Kansas City Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes edged Brees for the title. Mahomes finished the season with a passer rating of 80.3.
A Steady Brees
During his entire 13-season tenure under center for the Saints, Brees has been all around the passer rating title. In fact, his presence as a legitimate contender for the title extends all the way back to 2004, his fourth season with the-then San Diego Chargers.
Brees has ended the season in the top 10 of the passer rating standings in each and every season since 2004. He’s covered every spot in the top 10 over that time period save #6 and #10.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 3, 2019
Brees was second last season and in 2011. That year, his 82.3 passer rating was edged out by the 83.8 of Green Bay Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers.
He’s been third once, fourth twice, fifth twice, seventh twice, eighth on three occasions and once ended up ninth overall.
In 2009, Brees wore the NFL passer rating crown for the only time in his career, posting an NFL-best 82.0 QB rating.
Small Sample Size
Mahomes enjoyed a year to remember in his first season at the helm of the Chiefs, leading them to within a score of going to the Super Bowl for the first time since Super Bowl 4.
Mahomes is launching passes and the season hasn’t started yet 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 2, 2019
There’s two problems with backing Mahomes to post the NFL’s top passer rating. Firstly, we’re dealing with a small sample size, just one season as a starting NFL QB. What a spectacular season it was, mind you.
However, what are the odds Mahomes will do better this season? Slim. And the odds that he regresses? Likely.
NFL Regular Season Passer Rating Champions
|Season||QB (Team)||Passer Rating|
|2018||Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs)||80.3|
|2017||Carson Wentz (Eagles)||78.5|
|2016||Matt Ryan (Falcons)||79.6|
|2015||Carson Palmer (Cardinals)||+600|
|2014||Tony Romo (Cowboys)||79.2|
The other dilemma is that when it comes to NFL passer rating champions, it’s never a good idea to stand pat.
In the past six seasons, there’ve been six different winners of this title. Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts was the last to earn successive passer rating crowns in 2012-13.
Longshots to Consider
There are plenty of past champions to look at beyond Brees and Mahomes, including Ryan, Rodgers and Wentz. Tom Brady (+2000) is a two-time winner and was sixth overall last season.
Trubisky droppin' dimes 😯
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 4, 2019
Deeper on the board, Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky was third in 2018. Jimmy Garappolo of the 49ers showed a passer rating of 90.0 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Both can be had for +3300.
Pick: Aaron Rodgers (+400)
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