What Vegas thinks of Kolb

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How many touchdowns will Kevin Kolb throw for this season? (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)

I received an e-mail from the people over at Bodog.com with a bunch of wagering information for the 2010 Eagles.

I'll get to a bunch of it on Wednesday, but the numbers I found most interesting were their over/unders for Kevin Kolb.

Let's start with touchdown throws. They have set the over/under at 19.5.

I definitely expected that number to be higher, given the talent Kolb has around him. Consider that last year, 18 quarterbacks threw for 20 touchdowns or more. In the 11 seasons that Andy Reid has coached the Eagles, the team has failed to go over 19.5 passing touchdowns just twice. It happened in 1999 when Doug Pederson started nine games and Donovan McNabb was a rookie. The other time was 2003 when McNabb threw just 16 touchdowns and the team's leading wide receiver was James Thrash.

Football Outsiders also does player projections in its almanac, which I've referenced here several times. They've got Kolb throwing for 24 touchdowns.

I'm not one to question Vegas, but that 19.5 number seems low to me. I like the over a lot.

On the flip side, Bodog sets the over/under for Kolb interceptions at 14.5. That one is on par with Football Outsiders, which projects 14 picks for Kolb in his first season as a starter. Only 10 quarterbacks threw 15 or more INTs last season. McNabb never threw more than 13 interceptions in a season, but indications so far are that Kolb will throw into traffic a little more, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing.

Bodog sets the over/under on completion percentage for Kolb at 60 percent. This is one of the more difficult ones to project, given Kolb's small sample size. In two starts last season, though, he completed 62 of 96 throws (64.6 percent). For his career, Kolb has completed 60.8 percent of his attempts. Football Outsiders has him projected for 62.6 percent. I would go with the over on this one.

And finally, total passing yards. Bodog sets the over/under at 3,500. Last year was unique in that 10 NFL quarterbacks threw for 4,000 yards or more. Seventeen quarterbacks, including McNabb (3,553) threw for over 3,500 yards in 2009.

Football Outsiders has Kolb down for 3,968 yards. 3,500 total passing yards would mean Kolb throwing for just about 219 yards per game (assuming he stays healthy the whole season and plays 16 games). I would think he could average more than that, but I don't like this one as much as the over on touchdowns and completion percentage.

Earlier today, I posted on Eagles drafting over the past five seasons, as it relates to their current roster.


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