The Washington Football Team is coming off of a 2020-2021 campaign in which they exceeded expectations. Washington was able to win the unpredictable NFC East, make the playoffs and give the eventual Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers a run for their money in their Wild Card matchup.
With these exceeded expectations came an offseason in which Washington’s leadership and front office invested in surrounding its young talent with veteran presence and depth.
Ron Rivera and Co. were able to add valuable pieces such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Curtis Samuel, William Jackson III, Bobby McCain and more.
With Washington shoring up its offense, as well as adding to what already was one of the top defenses in the NFL, the expectations are high in Ashburn for the 2021-2022 campaign.
These expectations have been overlooked and overrated by some pundits, and those sentiments have been reflected by sportsbooks across America. As sports betting continues to become ingrained and intertwined with leagues as the NFL, fans should acknowledge the betting lines and Vegas’ expectations for each team.
The Washington Football Team has various future bets that hold incredible value for this season. These future bets, or “futures”, vary from award predictions, win totals and more. Out of all of the potential futures for Washington, there are four best bets that stick out above the rest.
Football Team: 4 best bets for Washington this season
4. Jamin Davis to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (+900)
Prior to the 2021 NFL Draft, defensive prospects Micah Parsons, Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II were widely touted as the best defensive prospects in their draft class.
There is no doubt that these players could end up being productive in the NFL, but given their respective situations, none have the supporting cast to maximize their potential quite like Washington’s first round pick, Jamin Davis.
Davis, a redshirt junior linebacker from the University of Kentucky, enters the league as a versatile defender that can help out the stout Washington defense from day one.
The Washington defensive line is widely acknowledged as one of, if not the, very best in the NFL, so plugging in a multi-talented linebacker like Davis behind the Washington front is only going to benefit this unit.
According to our friends at WynnBet, Parsons is the betting favorite at +500 and Dolphins defensive end Jaelen Phillips is second at +650. Davis comes in third with respectable +900 odds (bet $100 to win $900).
In the last 10 years, the winners of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award have varied by position. In those 10 seasons, four winners were defensive ends, three were linebackers, two were cornerbacks and one was a defensive tackle.
The last time a linebacker won the award was in 2018, when Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts won the award as a +2800 underdog, and between Parsons, Davis, Horn, Surtain II, Phillips and Paye, the field is stacked.
Though there is a deep field of potential winners for this award, Davis sticks out due to his versatility and the surrounding talent.
If the Football Team continues to be one of the NFL’s top defenses in 2021, Davis will be a large part of that, and at +900, Davis owns some of the best value to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.