Michael Vick returns to quarterback the Eagles once again this week, giving props bettors another chance to cash in on the elusive QB's arm.
Vick hasn't suited up for the Eagles since he was sandwich-tackled by the Redskins in Week 4. Since then Kevin Kolb has filled in and the Eagles' offense has continued to chug along quite well, ranking fifth overall. Throwing Vick back into the mix this weekend, as well as concussed wideout DeSean Jackson, should keep things humming.
Before getting hurt Vick was displaying a solid passing game, which was perfectly complimented by his ability to run the football. Vick should be able to deliver right away this weekend against what has been a shaky Indianapolis defense.
The top props available at Sportsbook this weekend are for Vick's passing yards and rushing yards on Sunday. The passing yards prop total was set at 220.5. On the season Vick is averaging 199.6 passing yards per game, but that total is skewed a little by his Week 1 and Week 4 totals. In Week 1 he didn't start and ended up passing for only 175 yards. In Week 4 he exited early with injury and tallied only 49 passing yards. In the two weeks where Vick played the entire game, Week 2 and Week 3, he put up 284 yards and 291 yards. As long as Vick lasts the entire game you should expect him to easily post an OVER on the 220.5 total.
For the rushing yards prop at Sportsbook Vick's total was set at 35.5. This season Vick has averaged 46.8 rushing yards per game and that's again skewed by the 17 yards he put up in Week 4. The OVER looks really good here when you consider that Vick is facing a Colts defense that has been one of the worst run defenders in the league this season. Don't be surprised if Vick racks up a couple double-digit yard runs this weekend and easily surpasses the 35.5 total.
Aside from Vick the big focus for the props makers at Sportsbook this weekend are head coaches. There are a number of coaches on the hot seat right now, and there's plenty of money to be made at Sportsbook on the next round of coach firings.
In Dallas it's almost a given that Wade Phillips will eventually get canned. If you can guess his replacement you can make some nice cash. The idea of the prop is to choose who will be the Cowboys' coach in Game 1 next season; the choices include Jon Gruden (+150), Bill Cowher (+250), Dallas' supposed coach-in-waiting Jason Garrett (+400), and Phillips (+4000).
Other coaches on the hot seat that bettors can wager on whether or not they'll still be around in Week 1 next season include Jack Del Rio, Brad Childress, and Marvin Lewis.