Knowing where to mine and where not to mine is often the key to finding hidden nuggets in the Future Book of sportsbooks, and with the 2017/18 NFL Regular Season kicking off in a month now and Preseason underway, let’s take a look at the NFL Defensive MVP odds, a writer-chosen award which has been won three times in the last five seasons by this season’s odds favorite, DE JJ Watt of the Houston Texans.
The Texans are one team who may surprise in the 2017 NFL Regular Season as with JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Benardrick McKinney, Houston possesses one of the best Defenses in the NFL (20.5 ppg, #11 NFL) and are one of maybe three teams in the AFC who might be able to stop Tom Brady and the Patriots from getting to yet another Super Bowl. As we look at the current odds in the NFL Defensive MVP Award market, it’s important to remember that perception might play as much a part of who ends up winning this award as much as statistics with the the award being selected annually by the Professional Football Writer’s of America. Last year, DE Khalil Mack became the first Oakland Raiders player to be given the honor since the inception of the award in 1992 while the winner of this award in 3 of the L5 seasons (2012, 2014, 2015)—the Texans’ JJ Watt—is the favorite in the field this year despite 28-year-old Waukesha, Wisconsin native Watt undergoing Back Surgery last year, cutting his season short.
Although he is a great leader and key cog on the Texans Defensive Line, Watt probably isn’t even the best Houston player on that side of the football these strange days with LB Clowney (25/1 to win 2017 NFL Defensive MVP, BetOnline) and the really unheralded LB McKinney (129 Combined Tackles, #11 NFL) likely to get more publicity this coming season. And should the Texans (14/1 to win AFC, Intertops) surprise with the Defense leading the charge, expect these three guys to split votes, making others like the Raiders’ Mack (73 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 3 Fumbles, Interception in 2016), the Buccaneers’ Kwon Alexander (145 Combined Tackles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 Interception for TD) and Seahawks’ perennial stud LB Bobby Wagner (167 Combined Tackles, #1 in NFL, Fumble Recovery, Interception) all beneficiaries from a potential Texans’ Watt-Clowney-McKinney vote split.
Here are all of the current Futures numbers from cutting-edge sportsbook BetOnline for the the 2017 NFL Defensive MVP Award as well as some other creative Props on the betting board, including “Perfectly Good and “Perfectly Bad” Regular Seasons:2017 NFL Regular Season Defensive MVP Odds—(August 9, BetOnline)
JJ Watt, Houston Texans +250
Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders +400
Von Miller, Denver Broncos +400
Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers +800
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams +1200
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers +1200
Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks +1800
Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2000
Landon Collins, New York Giants +2000
Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans +2500
Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings +2500
Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers +2500
Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs +3300
Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs +3300
Vic Beasley, Atlanta Falcons +4000
Jamie Collins, New York Giants +4000
Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns +4000
Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals +4000
Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks +4000
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay Packers +5000
Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons +5000
CJ Mosley, Baltimore Ravens +5000
Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons +5000
Oliver Vernon, New York Giants +5000
Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions +6600
Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys +6600
Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants +6600
Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings +6600
Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars +6600
Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings +6600
Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs +8000
Casey Heyward, Los Angeles Chargers +8000
Josh Norman, Washington Redskins +8000
2017/18 NFL Miscellaneous Props Odds—(August 9, BetOnline)
How Many Regular Season Games Will Rob Gronkowski Play?
Over 10½ -150, Under 10½ +120
Will There Be a Tied Game?
Yes -350, No +260
Highest Win Total
Over 13½ -150, Under 13½ +120
Highest Loss Total
Over 13½ -195, Under 13½ +160
Lowest Win Total by Division Winner
Over 8½ -250, Under 8½ +210
Will There Be a New Single Season Passing Yards Record?
Yes (5,478 yards or more) +270, No -330
Will There Be a New Single Season Passing TD Record?
Yes (56 TDs or more) +1200, No -2000
Will There Be a New Single Season Rushing Yards Record?
Yes (2,106 yards or more) +1400, No -2500
Will There Be a Perfectly Good Regular Season? (16-0)
Yes +800, No -1250
Will There Be a Perfectly Bad Regular Season? (0-16)
Yes +1000, No -1800
Will There Be a True Perfect Season? (19-0)
Yes +1000, No -1500
Can a Cornerback or a Safety Possibly Win the Defensive MVP This Quickly Coming 2017 NFL Regular Season?
Defensive Linemen and Linebackers have won the NFL Defensive MVP the L7 years in a row with Packers’ CB Charles Woodson the last Defensive Back to take home the award back in 2009. So are there are decent candidates at the CB or Safety spot who might be the choice in 2017? You bet. Two solid choices, although longshots, in this market worth considering are Chiefs’ CB Marcus Peters (33/1 to win 2017 NFL Defensive MVP, BetOnline) and Cardinals’ CB Patrick Peterson (40/1 to win 2017 NFL Defensive MVP, BetOnline). In the 2016 Regular Season, Washington-product Peters was in on 45 Tackles for Kansas City (+2802 to win Super Bowl), had 6 Interceptions (#2 in NFL) and 3 Fumble Recoveries while the athletic LSU-product Peterson had 51 tackles for Arizona (+2802 to win Super Bowl) and had 3 Picks and may be poised for a breakout year with Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson and the Cardinals O ready to give it more more go before this team ages any more.2017 NFL DEFENSIVE MVP PICKS: Bobby Wagner 18/1, Marcus Peters 33/12017 NFL PROPS PICK: Will There Be a Perfectly Bad Regular Season, Yes 10/1Best LInes Offered: at BetOnline