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New Orleans Saints’ Michael Thomas Receiving Yards 2020/21 - Predictions & Odds

New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas Receiving Yards 2020
Our Pick: Take the Over for Thomas' Receiving Yards 1375.5 (-110)

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  • During the 2019 season, New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas led the league in receptions (149), total receptions yards (1,725) and yards per game (107.8).
  • Thomas is a 3x Pro Bowler, a 2x First-team All Pro and 2x NFL receptions leader who was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year last season.
  • Joining Thomas in the wide receiver room will be veteran Emmanuel Sanders, acquired in the offseason.
  • Including Thomas there are currently 63 Ohio State University alums playing in the NFL.

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The New Orleans Saints have made the playoffs for the last three seasons in a row and a major reason for that is the production of arguably the best receiver in the NFL, Michael Thomas, who led the league in multiple categories last year.

Known for his ability to run after the catch and still remain healthy throughout the season, Thomas has adapted well to his quarterback Drew Brees, the two becoming one of the strongest QB / WR duos in the league right now.

When you see what the oddsmakers have predicted for Thomas in 2020, you may just want to crack open your betting kitty and get in on this sure thing, because the way the New Orleans Saints and their passing offense is now set up, it seems highly unlikely that Thomas would come up short on this one.

Michael Thomas’ 2020 Total Rushing Yards Odds
Over 1375.5 -110

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Under 1375.5 -110

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Odds taken 11 June, 2020, from DraftKings

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Thomas has beat the over here in the last two of his four NFL seasons.

Last season Thomas easily beat this over by 349 yards, so it would be unexpected if he does not come close to that type of output in 2020.

Thomas Has a Reputation For Staying Healthy and Setting Records

Thomas has only missed playing in one game during his four NFL seasons, and that was in his rookie year, his ability to stay healthy and ready to play an impressive feat given the brutality of the sport.

And a healthy Thomas has set 22 NFL records in his four seasons playing in the league, plus he shares three NFL records and has set seven franchise records in that short amount of time, so expect that level of production between him and his quarterback to continue.

Point is, all signs point to Thomas easily covering the over is this case, his tendency to stay healthy and break records both great signs that his production is not about to slow down in 2020, all important factors to consider when you are placing money on an end of season bet.

Doesn’t Hurt Thomas to Have Drew Brees as His Quarterback

Throwing the ball to Thomas in New Orleans is eventual Hall of Famer Drew Brees, the veteran quarterback and former Super Bowl Champion who has been completing passes in the NFL since the 2001 season.

Despite missing some games due to injury last season, Brees completed a league-leading 74.3 percent of his passes, and that is the third season in a row he’s led the league in that category, his accuracy and football IQ both big reasons for that.

The reason Brees and Thomas have become such a dependable pair is because as accurate as Brees is, Thomas is dependable, with an 80.5 catch percentage and just 6 dropped passes and a league-leading 149 catches last season.

Thomas will share targets with veteran Emmanuel Sanders

During the offseason, the Saints’ front office signed veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, fresh off his Super Bowl appearance with the San Francisco 49ers and a former Lombardi Trophy winner with the Denver Broncos in 2015.

Though Sanders is relatively old for a receiver at 32, he proved he could still be productive with the 49ers during the second half of the season, posting 36 receptions for 502 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Thomas should benefit from having a sure-handed and speedy cohort like Sanders running patterns next to him since it will distract and even pull away some of the defensive secondaries and give last year’s best receiver a chance to do it again.

Pick: Definitely pick the over here – Thomas has the talent and the ability to stay healthy to get it done, and Brees needs to target him often this season if he expects to win another Super Bowl ring before he retires.

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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]

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