NFL Award Odds After Week 2
The opening week of the NFL season has come and gone and already we’ve seen some major line movement towards who will take home the major hardware of the NFL season.
With contenders separating themselves from pretenders, the NFL award races are just starting to heat up. Here at Canadian Sports Betting we are diving into each NFL Award Futures odds market to provide in-depth analysis of each awards odd and provide insight on each current favourite.
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Most Valuable Player: Josh Allen (+350)
After opening as the odds-on favourite to claim the 2022 Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, Bills quarterback Josh Allen further cemented himself as a bonafide contender for the honour. After torching the hard-nosed Los Angeles Rams defence to the tune of three touchdowns and 297 yards through the air, plus a touchdown and 56 yards on the ground, Allen demonstrated he takes the term “dual-threat” to a new level.
With his high-octane offence firing on all cylinders, Allen is poised to continue his dominant play throughout the season even against the toughest NFL defences. Even in the rare occurrence where Allen is struggling to move the chains, having superstar wide receiver Stefon Diggs at his disposal is a major boost to help push along his MVP candidacy.
Behind Allen in the MVP odds is former-MVP, Patrick Mahomes who has put up impressive performances his own through two weeks of play. Don’t look for Allen to slow down at any point but instead put the pedal to the floor and continue running at full throttle towards not only a potential Super Bowl birth, but an MVP Trophy as well.
Defensive Player of the Year: Micah Parsons (+400)
Coming off of an upset win over the Cincinatti Bengals, Micah Parsons is largely to thank for the Cowboys success defensively this season.
With four sacks recored over the first two weeks of the NFL season, Parsons has established himself as one of the leagues top pass-rushers. While he may be due to cool off at some point in the season, at his current pace of two sacks per-game he would crush the current single-season sack record of 22.5 as he is moving towards a 34 sack total if he plays in all 17 contests on the Cowboys schedule.
On top of his impressive sack total and ability to get to opposing quarterbacks, Parsons has been a force at containing the run, and uses his speed well in pass coverage sets. Look for Parsons to continue his onslaught of NFL offences and continue to increase his sack tally on the season.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Drake London (+600)
The Offensive the Rookie of the Year (OROY) race is starting to pick up steam as the award is completely up for grabs.
In just his second career game Drake London put on a show for Atlanta Falcons fans in a comeback effort against the Los Angeles Rams. London hauled in eight receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown, a breakout performance if there ever was one for the young receiver.
London was the first wideout taken off the board in the 2022 NFL Entry Draft so it’s no surprise to see him become a focal point of the Falcons offence as he continues to make a name for himself in the NFL. London will be sure to see increased targets coming his way as the season rolls on if he can continue his excellent play, making him a fantastic betting option for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aidan Hutchinson (+250)
Coming off of a disappointing debut, Aidan Hutchinson silenced his critics putting on a stellar performance against the Washington Commanders. Hutchinson put together a jaw-dropping game in which he compiled six total tackles topped off by three impressive sacks for the former-Michigan Wolverine.
Hutchinson was an early favourite to be selected first overall in the Draft but was usurped late by Travon Walker. After this Week 2 performance he may have sent a message to those who began to doubt him and to the organization that passed up on his talents as he pushes forward as a heavy favourite to secure the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Comeback Player of the Year: Saquon Barkley (+550)
While it isn’t as competitive as other major NFL award races, the Comeback Player of the Year (CPOY) is a true honour for all recipients. Winners of the CPOY award demonstrate determination, strength, and resilience to work their way back to an elite-level after being faced with career-altering adversity.
Saquon Barkley dazzled NFL fans with his explosive rookie season in which he demonstrated he could be the next great running back in the NFL. Unfortunately for Barkley his career would be hit with several roadblocks as he would be placed on the shelf due to injury time and time again.
Entering into the 2022 NFL season, expectations for the feature back were low as the question marks surrounding his health began to grow, but thus far Barkley has put those uncertainties to rest.
Barkley and his New York Giants have started the season off with a bang, winning their first two matchups and Barkley has looked like his former self. Currently sitting as the leading rusher in the NFL with 236 total yards on the ground, Barkley has began establishing himself once again as one of the top talents in the league at his position.
If Barkley and the Giants can continue to keep up their exceptional play, Barkley looks to be a shoe-in for the Comeback Player of the Year award and at (+550) there’s plenty of value surrounding the pick.
Coach of the Year: Mike McDaniel (+600)
Entering into the 2022 NFL season there were concerns centred around the roster being constructed for the Miami Dolphins. With the addition of Tyreek Hill to a Dolphins team led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, many were unsure of his ability to throw the ball deep to the newly acquired speedster.
Once again however, Coach McDaniel has proven why he is one of the best offensive minds in the game and after two weeks of play the Dolphins have looked like one of the best teams in the NFL. McDaniel has always found a way to get the most out of everyone he’s coached, something he demonstrated well during his time with the 49ers.
With the Dolphins surprise success, if they are able to find their way into the playoffs, Mike McDaniel might find himself taking home the Coach of the Year award in his first year as an NFL Head Coach. McDaniel would continue the trend of rookie signal callers winning the award as 11 of the past 30 recipients of the COY honour won it in their first year behind the helm of an NFL franchise.
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