Wow, just wow – Dak Prescott and Joe Burrow were DEAD LEVEL as favorites at -110 odds to win the NFL Comeback Player Of The Year award in 2021 when sportsbooks stopped offering a line.
Prescott had been way out in front for all of 2021 up to now, and he was -600 after Dallas routed Washington last weekend. But in Week 17 he came unstuck as the Cowboys fell 25-22 at home to Arizona.
Burrow meanwhile was following up that astonishing performance in Cincinnati’s Week 16 rout of Baltimore by leading the Bengals to an upset win over the mighty Kansas City Chiefs. Joe, who was +500 heading into the win over KC, is now dead level with Dak.
Burrow’s last two games in terms of numbers are off the charts – 525 yards and 4 TD passes vs Baltimore, and 446 yards and 4 TD passes vs the Chiefs. Incredible.
Dak though did impress voters in Week 18 by throwing for 295 yards and five (FIVE) touchdowns as the Cowboys routed the Eagles 51-26 in Philadelphia.
It’s tough to separate these two men now – both have clinched playoff berths and division titles. Both have been stellar in terms of personal stats.
Coming into 2021, Cowboys quarterback Prescott hadn’t played a down since October 2020 when he sustained a grisly compound fracture and dislocated ankle during a win over the New York Giants. But he has looked better than ever in 2021, having started the regular season a +180 favorite to be CPOY.
Burrow meanwhile had looked promising as a rookie before a devastating knee injury ended his 2020 season early. But the former LSU signal caller has come back strong in 2021, partly thanks to the arrival of his college BFF, the sensationally talented WR Ja’Marr Chase.
The only other man anywhere near the lead pair in the betting was San Francisco DE Nick Bosa, but his challenge fizzled out after he registered just half a sack in the last three games of the season. He finished the year on 15.5
Latest Comeback Player Of The Year Odds
The final odds (all with PointsBet) were as follows:
- -110 Dak Prescott (QB, Dallas Cowboys)
- -110 Joe Burrow (QB, Cincinnati Bengals)
- +1600 Nick Bosa (DE, San Francisco 49ers)
NB: Odds correct on January 3, 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.”
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:
- 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)
- 2011 Matthew Stafford (QB, Detroit Lions)
So again with most awards in this league, a bias towards QBs with six of the last 10 including the last three.
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 2021 winner will take place on Thursday February 10, 2022 at YouTube Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will begin at 9pm Eastern Time/8pm Central Time/6pm Pacific Time.
How to watch the CPOY announcement on TV
The Awards Ceremony will be televised nationally and live on Thursday February 10, 2022 – from 9pm Eastern Time.
ABC will broadcast the Ceremony live and it will also be simulcast on ESPN+ and NFL Network.