Best Bets for NFL Comeback Player, Coach of the Year
The NFL has a host of prop bets before the start of the season. BetQL takes a look at Comeback Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
With the amount of season-ending injuries incurred by players last year, there is no shortage of candidates for Comeback Player of the Year. In addition to those that missed a majority of the season with injuries, there are also those that had lackluster years and are now with new teams.
Odds to Win Comeback Player of the Year
- Derrick Henry +375
- Jameis Winston +500
- Deshaun Watson +700
- Christian McCaffrey +900
- Baker Mayfield +1000
- Daniel Jones +1000
- Mitchell Trubisky +1200
- Michael Thomas +1200
- Marcus Mariota +1200
- JK Dobbins +1600
- Cam Akers +1800
- DeAndre Hopkins +2000
- Chase Young +2000
Odds Courtesy of Caesars
One of the players on the board might miss half the season or more. Deshaun Watson, who signed with the Cleveland Browns, could be suspended by the league for detrimental conduct.
There are some other entries that could surprise bettors come the end of December. Let’s take a look at some of the top players that could win the award. The best bet below may surprise you.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans +375
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is coming back from a broken bone in his foot, as he missed nine games last season with that injury. He recently said he is fueled for this season after what happened last year, so he has great potential to win this award.
Henry wants to win another rushing title after the broken bone setback, so it’s not surprising he’s the favorite to win this award.
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Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints +500
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is recovering from his ACL injury and now that he’s throwing without a brace, he seems on his way to a major comeback this season.
He suffered the torn ACL in Week 8 against the Buccaneers which caused the season-ending surgery. And based on the videos he’s posted to his Instagram of himself working on his game, this could be a big year for him.
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers +900
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has been plagued by a bunch of injuries the past two seasons, but now he seems ready for a big comeback.
Last season, he missed five games with a hamstring injury before then injuring his ankle. He’s only played 10 games in the last two seasons. Now, however, he’s primed for a big comeback behind new quarterback Baker Mayfield and looking to make a playoff run.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants +1000
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will now be playing under new head coach Brian Daboll and he has a great chance of excelling this season under Daboll’s tutelage.
Jones suffered a neck injury in November of last season and, while he recently said there won’t be any contact workouts for him until August, he is expected to be ready to rock and roll to help the Giants improve on their last place finish in the division last season.
Best Bet: Christian McCaffrey +900
Assuming Mayfield wins the starting job, I think having a new quarterback, who also has a chip on his shoulder and wants to perform well, will help propel McCaffrey to have a big season because he also has something to prove coming back from his injuries.
The Panthers could really outperform this season and McCaffrey has a ton of potential to be a huge part of that and comeback to win this award.
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Newbies Solid Bet for Coach of the Year
The Coach of the Year odds features two new coaches, as well as some established names. This award is difficult to handicap since the team must have success for a coach to be seriously considered.
Coach of the Year Odds
- Brian Daboll +1300
- Brandon Staley +1400
- Doug Pederson +1400
- Dan Campbell +1500
- Nick Sirianni +1500
- Kevin O’Connell +1500
- Kyle Shanahan +1600
- Nathaniel Hackett +1600
- Mike McDaniel +1700
- Kevin Stafanski +2000
Odds courtesy of BetRivers
Last year Mike Vrabel of the Titans won the award. He led his team to a 12-6 record and got them to the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. There are several coaches on the board that can rely on their team to get them to the playoffs, thus give them a boost in winning this award.
Brian Daboll, New York Giants +1300
Daboll is at the helm of a Giants team that went 4-13 last season and finished in last place in the NFC East. So, if he can turn this team around and lead them to a successful season, that would be impressive and a feat worthy of this award, especially in his first season in this role. Daboll also won Assistant Coach of the Year in 2020 with the Buffalo Bills.
Doug Pederson, Jacksonville Jaguars +1400
Doug Pederson (l.) is the new coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars after the whole debacle last season with Urban Meyer and his absolute disaster of a short coaching tenure with the team. There’s really nowhere to go but up from last season because the team finished 3-14 and in last place in the AFC South. There is a ton of potential for Pederson to flip this team around and guide them to a more successful season.
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Brandon Staley, Los Angeles Chargers +1400
This will be Brandon Staley’s second year as the Los Angeles Chargers’ head coach and he’ll be hoping to improve his team from last season when they finished in third place in the AFC West with a record of 9-8.
He recently said he poured everything he had into last season and is still not over that infamous timeout he called in their OT loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. That means he’s going to be really looking to avenge last season and lead this team to success to overcome that.
Kevin O’Connell, Minnesota Vikings +1500
Kevin O’Connell steps in here as the new coach of the Minnesota Vikings. They finished 8-9 last year and in second place in the NFC North, so not terrible but not spectacular either.
O’Connell has already given us some insight into his mindset for this season, using Steph Curry as a comparison to what he wants to see on the field. So, he has some ideas in mind and it seems like he’ll bring a solid vibe to this Vikings team.
Best Bet: Doug Pederson +1400
Any coach is better than Meyer was last season, so I think Pederson has the most potential on this list to win Coach of the Year because anything he does is going to look outstanding compared to how last year went.
Trevor Lawrence also said Pederson has already made some needed changes to the team. Lawrence seems to mesh well with Pederson and it feels like there is cohesion there that could lead to the Jaguars having a much better season than last year. And a great opportunity for Pederson to win this award.
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