Geno Smith cemented his position as favorite to become NFL Comeback Player of the Year (CPOY) in 2022 despite a heartbreaking loss in Week 12.
Smith and the Seattle Seahawks lost 40-34 at home to the Las Vegas Raiders after an overtime thriller, but that didn’t stop Geno’s odds falling to -250 to win the award. After all he did put up 328 yards through the air and a pair of TD passes.
Three days earlier, Smith’s main rival for the award – New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley – had been held to just 39 rushing yards on 11 carries in a 28-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. A few short weeks ago Saquon appeared to be a lock for this award but he is now out to +185 second best.
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After the big two we have two more RBs next in the odds – but a long way behind Geno and Saquon.
Tennessee Titans superstar Derrick Henry is +2000 with San Francisco 49er Christian McCaffrey on +3000.
Latest Comeback Player Of The Year Odds
The latest 2022 odds are as follows:
- -250 Geno Smith (QB, Seattle Seahawks)
- +185 Saquon Barkley (RB, New York Giants)
- +2000 Derrick Henry (RB, Tennessee Titans)
- +3000 Christian McCaffrey (RB, San Francisco 49ers)
NB: Odds correct on November 29, 2022
Who can win NFL Comeback Player Of The Year?
The official definition for the CPOY award is a little loose, but that means way more players worth betting on. It is:
“A player who “shows perseverance in overcoming adversity, in the form of not being in the NFL the previous year, a severe injury, or simply poor performance.”
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Who won NFL Comeback Player Of The Year?
If you’re betting on this kind of stuff, always a great idea to look at the previous winners – and what they went through. The last 10 winners of the award were:
- 2021 Joe Burrow (CB, Cincinnati Bengals)
- 2020 Alex Smith (QB, Washington Football Team)
- 2019 Ryan Tannehill (QB, Tennessee Titans)
- 2018 Andrew Luck (QB, Indianapolis Colts)
- 2017 Keenan Allen (WR, Los Angeles Chargers)
- 2016 Jordy Nelson (WR, Green Bay Packers)
- 2015 Eric Berry (S, Kansas City Chiefs)
- 2014 Rob Gronkowski (TE, New England Patriots)
- 2013 Philip Rivers (QB, Los Angeles Chargers)
- 2012 Peyton Manning (QB, Denver Broncos)
So again with most awards in this league, a bias towards QBs with six of the last 10 including the last four.
Who chooses NFL Comeback Player Of The Year?
Backed by Associated Press (AP), votes for CPOY come from a nationwide poll of accredited media.
When is NFL CPOY announced?
The award is now part of the NFL’s big Honors ceremony, which takes place during Super Bowl Week.
The next ceremony to announce the 2022 winner will take place on Thursday February 9, 2023 at 9pm Eastern Time/8pm Central Time/6pm Pacific Time.
How to watch the CPOY announcement on TV
The Awards Ceremony will be televised live nationally and simulcast on NFL Network. Details to follow.