Odds to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year: Bosa takes control
Nick Bosa has taken control of the DPOY race. Photo by Godfredo A. Vasquez/AP.

Over the years, rule changes have ensured that offence supersedes defence in the NFL. But there are still a handful of game wreckers capable of turning the best-laid plans to ash. Those guys are the players vying for the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The latest: After Micah Parson had a sizeable lead for the vast majority of the season, Nick Bosa has taken a clear lead. Maxx Crosby is having a career year, but it probably won't be enough to get serious consideration.

Here are the latest NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds

Check out the latest odds to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Click linked odds to add selection to your betslip.

PlayerOddsOdds on Dec. 21
Nick Bosa-835-114
Micah Parsons+550-114
Maxx Crosby+10,000+5,000
Chris Jones+15,000+7,500
Matthew Judon+15,000+7,500
Myles Garrett+15,000+7,500
Quinten Williams +20,000+15,000
Haason Reddick+20,000+15,000
Talanoa Hufanga+20,000+15,000

Odds as of 12:04 p.m. on 12/28/2022.

Best NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds

The favourite: Nick Bosa (-835)

After Parsons led this race — often by a significant margin — for the vast majority of the season, Bosa has seized control of the race.

The 25-year-old is tied for the NFL lead in sacks (17.5) and he's been getting to the quarterback consistently in recent weeks with 11.5 quarterback takedowns in his last nine games.

There is no doubt that Bosa is the best player on the San Francisco 49ers' top-ranked scoring defence. Since his team has had to turn to third quarterback Brock Purdy to run the offence, more and more pressure has been placed on Bosa and the defence to keep points off the board.

There's an argument to be made that San Francisco's defence is the most dominant unit in the NFL on either side of the ball — and Bosa is its biggest individual contributor. That's what's likely to win him this award.

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The favourites: Micah Parsons (+550)

Parsons came second in DPOY voting in his rookie season in 2021, and he's picked up where he left off this year. Not only is he an elite pass rusher, he has a versatility advantage over his competitors.

Dallas uses him as a dual threat, splitting his time between linebacker and defensive end. In his rookie year, his most eye-popping numbers came from his work on the defensive line (13 sacks) — and that's where he's done his best work in 2022 as his 13 sacks rank fifth in the NFL.

Parsons' biggest issue is a lack of recent pass-rushing production.

He has just one sack in his last four games and hasn't contributed enough elsewhere to compensate. Just as Bosa has caught fire, he's slowed down significantly.

Player to watch: Maxx Crosby (+10,000)

Unlike his competitors, Crosby isn't driving the success of an elite defence.

Instead, he's keeping a thoroughly unimpressive unit afloat. The defensive end has a career-high 11.5 sacks despite seeing double teams and he leads the NFL in tackles for loss with 19.

This looks like a two-horse race right now, and it's hard to make a case for anyone but Bosa or Parsons. Crosby looked like a serious candidate for this award last year before tailing off at the end of the season and falling short. It looks like he'll suffer a similar fate this season.

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