Odds to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year: Parsons takes a commanding lead
Micah Parsons has been dominant early this season. Photo by Ron Jenkins/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: Micah Parsons is in the driver's seat early in the season, but he faces a crowded field that includes veteran stars like Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack.

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 September 13
Micah Parsons+200+500
Myles Garrett+650+500
Nick Bosa+1,000+1,000
Aaron Donald+1,500+1,000
Von Miller+2,500+2,000
Khalil Mack+3,000+2,000
Rashan Gary+3,500N/A
Devin White+3,500+4,000
Maxx Crosby+4,000+4,000
Trey Hendrickson+5,000N/A

Odds as of 12:28 p.m. on 09/29/2022.

Best NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds

The favourite: Micah Parsons (+200)

Parsons came second in DPOY voting in his rookie season in 2021, and he's picked up where he left off this year. Parsons has four sacks through three games, and he's leading a Dallas Cowboys defence that's keeping the team in games despite Dak Prescott's absence.

The 23-year-old's biggest advantage over his competitors is his versatility.

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 so far.

If he's able to produce more big plays in coverage to pair with his pass-rushing prowess, his all-around contribution will be hard to ignore come voting time.

Parsons is unlikely to best some of his competitors on quarterback pressure alone, but his ceiling is arguably higher than anyone else thanks to his status as a positional unicorn.

Other NFL Defensive Player of the Year choices

Best value: Aaron Donald (+1,500)

Donald has taken home this award in three of the last five seasons, but he has a couple of obstacles in his way. The first is voter fatigue, as there tends to be a bias toward rewarding players who haven't earned the hardware yet.

Because he plays on the interior of the defensive line, he also tends to produce sack totals that don't quite match his edge-rushing peers, which is an issue for less sophisticated voters. So far this season the two he's produced don't jump off the page.

Lastly, it's worth wondering if his age (31) brings his durability into question. The fact he played in 92% of the Rams' snaps so far — a career-high number if it holds up — indicates the team isn't treating him like a player on the verge of a physical breakdown.

In terms of raw ability, it's tough to bet against Donald. He demonstrated in last year's Super Bowl that he's capable of taking over games.

Player to watch: Khalil Mack (+3,000)

Mack was the Los Angeles Chargers' marquee offseason addition, and he looked like a true difference maker in his debut with the team.

The 31-year-old produced three sacks in Week 1, pairing with Joey Bosa to form a pass-rushing duo the Los Vegas Raiders had no answer for. Considering his age and dwindling sack totals in recent years, it was worth wondering if Mack had lost a step. It certainly didn't look like it against the Raiders.

Bosa is currently dealing with a groin injury, and it will be worth monitoring if Mack's production slips without his pass-rushing co-star. Right now his four sacks are tied for second in the NFL. As long as he's that far up the leaderboard he'll be an intriguing value at these odds.

Mack is on a team that projects to be far more successful in 2022 than the Chicago Bears teams he's played with in the recent past. That should keep him in good pass-rushing scenarios all season long.

The veteran won this award in 2016, and he's more than capable of doing it again.

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