NFL NEWS AT YOUWAGER: YOUNG GUNS

The New Star Quarterbacks Rule the League

The future of the NFL is already here. YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans will again see Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the postseason, but one of the more unusual conditions of the 2012 NFL playoffs, a senior football forecaster at YouWager points out, is that six of the twelve quarterbacks in playoffs are only in their first or second year in the pros. These QBs include Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder, Colin Kaepernick, and Russell Wilson

Another impressive stat, is that these six quarterbacks have had 111 starts in the regular NFL season

Tom Brady had 175, and Peyton Manning had 224. One of these QBs has more than the complete career of the six young guns.

Youth was a factor in other ways, too, YouWager’s NFL expert says. Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan are also under the age of 30. One more interesting factor is that the league’s four top rushing attacks, the Minnesota Vikings, the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks, employed a first or second year rookie playing at quarterback. The 49ers did have Alex Smith, a veteran, as a starter for more than half the 2012 NFL football betting season.

YouWager bettors may be surprised to see Seattle’s Russell Wilson listed with the outstanding young quarterbacks. Wilson has completed 64.1% of his passes for 3118 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran the ball for just under 500 yards, to score 4 touchdowns, and he averaged 5.2 per carry.

Everyone in the online betting community thought Andrew Luck would perform, but few expected Luck and the Colts to make the playoffs. The number one draft pick helped lead Indianapolis Colts to an impressive 11-5 record. That’s nine more victories than they had last year, without Peyton Manning at the helm. Luck threw for 4374 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Obviously, the Colts are relying more on passing than the Seahawks. Luck led the league with seven winning drives this season.

Even YouWager’s most cynical sportsbook bettors will admit that Robert Griffin III was superstar from the moment he hit the NFL. With a strong throwing arm, and fast running, RG3 had one of the seasons in the NFL. Griffin rated first in the NFL with 8.1 yards per passing attempt. He also ranked first with only 1.3% of his passes intercepted. He also averaged 6.8 yards per carry, to gain 815 yards on the ground, and score 7 touchdowns.

For some bettors, the Cincinnati Bengals were almost under the radar for a second season in a row, but Andy Dalton and the Bengals are in the playoffs for the second time. A strong ground game and terrific pass rush bested the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Few YouWager bettors expected Colin Kaepernick to become a starting quarterback. Some feel head coach Jim Harbaugh was looking for a reason to let Alex Smith go. After Smith was injured, Kaepernick impressed bettors with his throwing ability. Kaepernick averaged 6.6 yards per carry, and threw for 10 touchdowns. Christian Ponder did not perform to expectations, but the Vikings also had Adrian Peterson to run the ball. In their most recent games, Minnesota’s young quarterback has appeared to be improving, YouWager’s NFL analyst says.

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