Big Ben Prop Odds Headline Week 6 NFL

Ben Roethlisberger returns for the Steelers in Week 6, and NFL props bettors will get the chance to make some cash on his season debut against the Browns.

With Big Ben sidelined the Steelers were a run-first team, which is evident by the fact they are dead last in the league in passing yards. This will definitely change with Roethlisberger taking over from Charlie Batch, but will the Steelers immediately start going to the air a lot more?

It's not like Roethlisberger is a rookie or an inexperienced QB, so the Steelers should feel pretty comfortable putting him right to work.

At Bovada , Roethlisberger's passing yards prop total was set at a standard 235.5 yards. This may not seem like a very high total, but it's not too bad when you consider that Big Ben averaged 288.5 yards per game last season and he has averaged only 221.9 yards per game in his career.

Roethlisberger's passing average from a year ago makes the OVER look appealing, but because he's facing Cleveland that may not be the case. In his career Roethlisberger has averaged only 221.3 yards per game against the Browns. Last season he passed for 201 yards and 417 yards against Cleveland, and the year before that both games were under 200 yards.

With Big Ben making his debut, and considering his record against the Browns, we'd go with the UNDER.

Roethlisberger isn't the only notable debut in Week 6; Marshawn Lynch and Deion Branch are also making fresh starts with new teams after recent trades.

Lynch begins his career in Seattle against the Bears, and at Bovada they've set his rushing yards total for this week at 40.5. That's quite low, but not a surprise considering Lynch's inconsistency in Buffalo and Seattle's lame rushing stats this season.

Before Lynch arrived Seattle was fourth-last in the league in rushing, averaging only 79.5 yards per game. The chances of that improving this week don't look that good against the Bears and their third-ranked run defense.

Getting more than 40.5 yards doesn't seem like that much of a challenge, but if Lynch begins his tenure in Seattle sharing carries with Justin Forsett and Leon Washington, he likely won't get there on Sunday. Take the UNDER again.

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Branch is back in New England for the second time, but don't expect him to be a replacement for Randy Moss. The Bovada oddsmakers definitely don't, after setting his receiving total for Sunday at 45.5 yards.

In Seattle, Branch caught only 13 passes for 112 yards in four games - not exactly great numbers. That averages out to just over three receptions and 28 yards per game. Branch gets a QB upgrade going from Matt Hasselbeck to Tom Brady, but he's down on the depth chart behind Wes Welker, Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman, and even tight end Aaron Hernandez.

If may take a game or two for Branch to get fully acclimated to the system in New England, so we'd recommend taking the UNDER again here.

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