As the NFL offseason progresses, football fans are doing what they can to start thinking about the next season already. That includes looking forward to individual award betting odds.
Even though the awards won’t be decided until next year, sportsbooks have already begun releasing their odds for various markets. For example, BetOnline has its odds for next season’s Comeback Player of the Year. At +250, they’re favoring Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dan Prescott to walk away with the trophy.
Prescott missed a majority of 2020 with a season-ending ankle injury. Up until he was injured, he was playing some of the best football of his career. Through five starts, Prescott recorded 1,856 passing yards and 9 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. Assuming he can return to the Cowboys’ lineup and continue playing like that or even better in 2021, it’d be tough to bet against him being the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Besides, Prescott has an amazing offense around him. He has a trio of dangerous wideouts in CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Ezekiel Elliott is still the team’s running back, which should open up the field for Prescott if ‘Zeke’ can play like his old self. All in all, the table is set for the Cowboys signal-caller to have a bounce-back season. Now it’s just up to him to make it happen.
Odds to Win 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
Odds via BetOnline as of Wednesday, May 26
- Dak Prescott (+250)
- Saquon Barkley (+600)
- Joe Burrow (+750)
- Nick Bosa (+750)
- Carson Wentz (+800)
- Christian McCaffrey (+850)
- Jameis Winston (+1200)
- Sam Darnold (+1200)
Full NFL odds list available at BetOnline.ag.
Saquon Barkley Looking to Bounce Back
The 2nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Saquon Barkley missed most of last season after tearing his ACL in the second game of the New York Giants’ season. While the team won’t rush him back to the field during the offseason, it’s looking like he should be ready by September. With that being said, there’s a distinct possibility (+600) that he could be the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2021.
For starters, Barkley is still the No. 1 running back on the Giants’ depth chart. Considering how he’s really the only legitimate option the team has in the backfield, there’s a good chance that Barkley could see his usual amount of work. Through 31 career games with the Giants, the 24-year-old has recorded 3,563 total yards from scrimmage and 23 touchdowns.
NFL Odds: Burrow in the Running for Comeback Player
There’s no other way to put it: the Cincinnati Bengals let Joe Burrow (+750) down in his first season in terms of protection. The rookie signal-caller was constantly pressured by other teams, getting sacked 32 times despite only playing in 10 games. Eventually, it was a quarterback hit that led to Burrow tearing both his left ACL and MCL, effectively ending his season.
Fortunately, for the Bengals and their fans, Burrow’s rehab has been going great and he’s already taken to the field for some offseason action. A quarterback of his talents should have no issue bouncing back and he’ll look to improve on last season’s totals. Burrow completed 65.3% of his passes last year for 2,688 passing yards and 13 touchdowns to 5 interceptions.
The Bengals decided to help Burrow over the offseason by improving the offensive line and reuniting him with his college wideout from LSU, Ja’Marr Chase. With an improved surrounding cast, Burrow has a realistic shot at being the 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.