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Opening 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Odds – Big Ben Favored, AJ Green Listed at +600

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by Robert Duff in NFL Football

Mar 27, 2020 · 11:00 AM PDT

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Books are listing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the +225 favorite to win the 2020-21 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Photo by Keith Allison (flickr).
  • Books are establishing Ben Roethlisberger as the +225 favorite to win next season’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
  • Roethlisberger missed most of last season after suffering an elbow injury. Is he the best bet?
  • Analysis of odds on all the top contenders is featured in the story that follows

Sportsbooks have given Big Ben a ringing endorsement for NFL comeback player of the year, favoring Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to win the 2020-21 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Roethlisberger suffered an elbow injury in Week 2 of last season and hasn’t played since.

The Steelers QB is listed at opening-line odds of +225.

2020-21 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Odds

Player Team Odds
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers +225
JJ Watt Houston Texans +500
Nick Foles Chicago Bears +600
AJ Green Cincinnati Bengals +600
Cam Newton Free Agent +750
Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions +750
Miles Garrett Cleveland Browns +1200
DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles +3300
CJ Mosley Cincinnati Bengals +3300
Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals +4000
Joe Flacco Free Agent +4000
Jordan Reed Free Agent +6000
Malcolm Butler Tennessee Titans +6000
Akiem Hicks Chicago Bears +6000
Alshon Jeffery Philadelphia Eagles +6000
Antonio Brown Free Agent +6000
Bradley Chubb Denver Broncos +6000
Keanu Neal Atlanta Falcons +6000
Kwon Alexander San Francisco 49ers +6000
TY Hilton Indianapolis Colts +6000
Stephen Gostkowski Free Agent +6600
Trent Williams Washington Redskins +9000
Xavien Howard Miami Dolphins +9000
Lamar Miller Free Agent +10000
Josh Rosen Miami Dolphins +10000
Eli Manning Retired +12500

Odds taken March 27th.

Houston Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt is the second-favorite at +500.

QBs Are Comeback Players

The last two NFL CPOY winners were both quarterbacks. Andrew Luck, the 2018 winner,  was a Pro Bowl QB for the Indianapolis Colts who’d missed the entire 2017 season following shoulder surgery.

Luck returned to lead the Colts, who’d finished 4-12 in his absence, to a 10-6 mark and an AFC Wild Card postseason position.

If Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl winner, comes back to lead Pittsburgh into the playoffs after the Steelers went 8-8 without him last season, he’s got this award in the bag.

On the other hand. last season’s CPOY came out of nowhere. Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill was signed to back up Marcus Mariota. He wasn’t even on the board when the opening line was released for 2019-20 NFL CPOY.

Mariota was benched following Week 6. Tannehill took the helm and led the Titans to a 7-3 finish and a Wild Card spot. He carried them all the way to the AFC Championship Game.

Defensive Win Unlikely

Comeback players generally turn heads by putting up impressive numbers. That’s so much easier for offensive players to do. So best to stay away from a wager on Watt.

No wonder then that 11 of the last 12 NFL CPOY winners played on the offensive side of the ball. The last defender to win the award was Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Barry in 2015. A defensive lineman hasn’t been NFL CPOY since Joe Johnson of the New Orleans Saints in 2000.

Foles Could Be A Sleeper

Nick Foles already engineered one of the NFL’s most memorable comebacks. In 2017, the former Philadelphia Eagles #1 QB replaced the injured Carson Wentz. He led the Eagles to an NFL title and was named Super Bowl 52 MVP.

Going to Chicago, he teams up with a Bears squad one year removed from an NFC North title and equipped with one of the NFL’s stiffest defenses. That makes Foles an intriguing option at +600.

AJ Green is also at +600. The Cincinnati Bengals receiver played just nine games last season. He posted career lows in receptions (46) and yardage (694).

The Bengals hold the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, and figure to be selecting Heisman Trophy-winning QB Joe Burrow of LSU. Green’s not likely to post spectacular digits on the other end of passes from a rookie under center.

Look Away From The Obvious

Luck shows us that sometimes, the form charts hold when it comes to NFL CPOY. More frequently, though, they don’t.

Chad Pennington was CPOY twice in three years with two different teams. Tommy Maddox won it after coming back from the XFL.

This is why the best bet is a guy currently without a team – Cam Newton.

Newton will sign somewhere soon. He’s a former NFL MVP with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.

Pick: Cam Newton (+750).

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