Online sportsbook Bovada has released a number of prop bets for the 2016 NFL season, and we’ll fill you in on their Chicago Bears over/under bets right here.
A couple of days ago we looked at their Jay Cutler (click here) and Jeremy Langford (click here) props, earlier today we checked out their Alshon Jeffery over/unders, and now we turn our attention to 2nd year pro Kevin White.
With this being the first action of White’s career, I’ll have to go with a gut feeling on my picks for these two bets.
Kevin White - Total Receiving Yards in the 2016 Regular Season
Over/Under - 650
Since this is sort of White’s rookie season, we’ll take a look at the recent history of rookie receivers in the NFL. Last year only three rookie wide outs went over 650 yards receiving, the year prior there were 8 of them and in 2013 only three accomplished the feat.
One thing White has going for him is he will be staring opposite a very good receiver in Alshon Jeffery so teams that roll coverage or flip their corners, will probably be doing so to slow down Alshon. White may get some one on one opportunities, but we’ve yet to see if he’s prepared to take advantage of them.
As the de facto #1 WR in the final preseason game, White managed 4 catches for 57 yards in only 20 snaps. So we caught a glimpse of his talent.
Since I believe Jeffery will go over a thousand yards, and I think tight end Zach Miller is in for a career year, I’m not sure about White racking up enough targets to get the over.
Then again, 650 yards is only 40 yards per game, so why not.
Give me the over on this one too!
Kevin White - Total Receiving TD’s in the 2016 Regular Season
Over/Under - 4
I’m starting to feel like a real homer with all my prop bet predictions. So far I’m betting everything in favor of the Bears, but is that because Bovada, as well as the national media, are sleeping on the Bears?
The last three seasons there have been 3, 9 and 4 rookie wide receivers going over 4 TDs, so it’s not like 4 is an unreachable number. With White’s 4.35 speed, I think he gets downfield on a couple deep balls for scores. With his 6’3”, 215 pound frame and 36 inch vertical, I think he grabs a couple red zone jump balls.
So two here and two there equals four, meaning White only has to get loose on a skinny post or sluggo route to get a 5th TD.
I’ll take this over as well.
What are your thoughts on these Kevin White prop bets?