- Micah Parsons and Jamin Davis are both +450 to win defensive rookie of the year.
- Their NFC East teams are both atop the NFC East odds to win the title as well.
DALLAS – Storylines are always a part of the NFL schedule and for the 2021 season, some are focusing on the NFC East title and two rookie linebackers.
After both being drafted in the first round, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Football added Micah Parsons and Jamin Davis, respectively. With both rookie linebackers sitting atop the defensive rookie of the year odds, their impact is already being felt.
2021 Defensive ROY Odds
- Jamin Davis +450
- Micah Parsons +450
- Jaelan Phillips +750
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah +1100
However, those who scan the NFL betting sites may find a better value with a special NFL bet. At Bovada, both Parsons and Davis have been given odds to win the DROY alongside their team to win the NFC East.
With the Cowboys being the NFC East favorite (+135) and Washington (+210) just behind, Parsons odds are mildly shorter than Davis’s.
Odds To Win DROY And NFC East Title
- Parsons +1000
- Davis +1700
The Case For Micah Parsons
Parsons will fill an instant role in Dallas – a team that allowed the fifth-most points last season (29.6). As teams ran the ball a league’s second-highest (48.39%) of the time, Parsons should be able to utilize both his high school experience at defensive end as well as his college experience as a linebacker.
One thing to keep in mind is that Parsons did not play during the COVID-19 college football season, and his defensive rookie of the year odds though not dropping, haven’t progressed since the Cowboys bet on him during draft day.
The Case For Jamin Davis
Someone’s who has seen major odds movement is Jamin Davis whose odds dropped from +1500 in just a few weeks.
While looking to join new teammate Chase Young as defensive rookie of the year, Davis has been noted in camp as a true professional.
“Much like Chase (Young), he’s been all-business,” said Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator for WFT. That’s what we’re seeing out of Jamin.”
The defensive mindset of both Del Rio and head coach Ron Rivera could help Washington make history with back-to-back award winners.
Already calling plays in practice and getting used to the playbook, Davis is also set to make a run, however, bettors must not forget one part of the NFL prop bet is also the title.
Betting The NFC East Winner
After losing to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, the Eagles helped make the NFC East the most unpredictable division in the NFL. Since then, 16 NFC East titles have been claimed.
NFC East Championships (Since 2005)
- DAL 5
- PHI 5
- NYG 3
- WFT 3
Washington won the NFC East title last year (7-9) while the Cowboys went 10-6 in 2018 to last claim theirs. Still, both teams have three NFC titles since 2012.
As Dallas and the Washington Football Team meet at the tail end of the season, added importance will be in the late NFC East schedule. The December 12 and December 26 meetings could be the true decider of the title. With Super Bowl odds expected to make major changes around the end of December, those betting on this NFL prop bet should monitor these two Sunday Night Football games for a hedging opportunity.
Dallas has the second easiest schedule in the NFL, as opponents were a combined 122-148-2 (45.2%) last year. On the flip side, Washington’s opponents won 50.4% of their games, going 136-134-2.
Without an injured quarterback and an improved defense, the Cowboys’ strength of schedule may also be a main factor giving them the edge. The +1000 odds on Parsons to win the defensive rookie of the year alongside the Dallas Cowboys winning the NFC East appears as the better play.
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Michael has been writing about sports for over a decade and his focus on NFL betting action has followed suit. As a Baltimore Ravens fan, he has been heavily invested in the AFC North since the turn of the century. When he is not writing about football, you can find him on the beach, in a casino, or at a bowling alley.