The odds to be NFL Rookie of the Year have flipped completely in the last couple of weeks and we now have a new favorite…
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase – around the +1200 (you’d win $1200 for a $100 bet) mark before the season began – was -110 favorite (bet $110 to win $100) to be Offensive Rookie Of The Year. But that was before Mac Jones and the New England Patriots won five straight to improve their record to 7-4 and take top spot in the AFC East.
Jones, as he is often, was quietly efficient in throwing for 207 yards and a score as the Pats blanked Atlanta 25-0 on Thursday Night Football. Without doubt the most impressive rookie QB from the 2021 Draft class, Mac is now +100 to take home the big award.
Chase did catch three balls for 32 yards and a score as Cincinnati defeated Las Vegas Sunday, but his numbers have declined in recent weeks, just at the time when Mac has been lighting it up for the Pats. He is now +155 second favorite.
Next up in the betting is Pittsburgh running back Najee Harris, who had a quiet night in the 41-37 loss to the Chargers in a wild game on Sunday Night Football. He is out to +1700 from +1200 as a result.
It’s effectively a two-horse race in the betting market – three at a push if you want to throw Najee in there. One man we expected to be right in the mix was Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawrence. But the generational talent from Clemson – taken at #1 overall in the Draft – has really struggled in his first year in the pros. He’s available at an unthinkable +10000.
If the race to be Offensive Rookie Of The Year is turning into a good one, the defensive battle is the opposite right now with Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons tearing it up.
Parsons is a fantastic chess piece for the Cowboys with his speed allowing him to blow plays up and his pass rushing ability striking terror into opposing quarterbacks. Micah again looked terrific in Week 11, racking up two sacks and a forced fumble as Dallas lost 19-9 in Kansas City. He is now -333 to win the award having been -150 before kickoff.
Next best is Denver CB Patrick Surtain II at +1200, but in reality it’s a one-horse race people. Micah – surely – wins.
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds
The latest odds to be NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2020 are as follows:
- +100 Mac Jones (QB, New England Patriots)
- +155 Ja’Marr Chase (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)
- +1700 Najee Harris (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers)
- +6400 DeVonta Smith (WR, Philadelphia Eagles)
- +5000 Kyle Pitts (TE, Atlanta Falcons)
- +5000 Justin Fields (QB, Chicago Bears)
- +10000 Trevor Lawrence (QB, Jacksonville Jaguars)
NB: Odds correct on November 23, 2021
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds
The latest leading odds to be NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2021 are:
- -333 Micah Parsons (LB, Dallas Cowboys)
- +1200 Patrick Surtain II (CB, Denver Broncos)
- +2000 Jayson Oweh (DE, Baltimore Ravens)
- +2000 Christian Barmore (DT, New England Patriots)
- +2000 Azeez Ojulari (OLB, New York Giants)
- +2000 Asante Samuel Jr (Los Angeles Chargers)
- +2500 Zaven Collins (LB, Arizona Cardinals)
- +5000 Gregory Rousseau (DE, Buffalo Bills)
- +5000 Eric Stokes (CB, Green Bay Packers)
- +5000 Jamin Davis (LB, Washington Football Team)
NB: Odds correct on November 23, 2021
Who was NFL Rookie of the Year in 2020?
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert was Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2020, while Washington Football Team DE Chase Young took the honors on the other side of the ball.
How do NFL odds work?
Pretty simple for the Rookie of the Year lines. If you bet a player and he is, say +450, you’ll win $450 for every $100 you bet.
If your pick has a minus number – say -200 – then you’ll win $100 for every $200 you bet.
Who chooses the winners?
The awards are chosen by a panel of 50 experts from the Associated Press (AP), who regularly cover the league. So no fan votes or crazy decisions. If you’re betting, console yourself with the fact that a lot of thought does go into it.
When are the results announced?
Since 2011 the announcement of the Rookie of the Year awards has had a big fanfare. It is now a part of the NFL Honors ceremony which takes place annually the night before the Super Bowl.
The 2021 results will be announced on Saturday February 12, 2022, the evening before Super Bowl LVI takes place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.