Rookies for the Baltimore Ravens will be strapping on their pads later today, marking the start of NFL training camps. Over the next two weeks, all 32 teams will begin preparations for the upcoming season, culminating with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, August 7.
With the start of the season fast approaching, many sportsbooks have begun posting a series of player prop bets. On Thursday, July 21, Bet365 posted odds for the league leader in sacks for the 2016 NFL season.
Last year Texans defensive end J.J. Watt led the league with 17.5 sacks, and he’s listed as the early favorite to duplicate that feat this season. Those odds are fairly perplexing considering that Watt will likely need at least eight weeks to recover after undergoing back surgery on Wednesday.
#Texans DL JJ Watt’s surgery was for a herniated disc, source said. He had symptoms while working out on his own. 8 week return is best-case
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 22, 2016
It’s unclear exactly how long it will take before Watt returns to the field, but that eight-week timetable coincides with the start of the regular season. Most reports believe that Watt will likely miss the Texans first two regular season games.
The table below displays the latest odds from Bet365. It will be updated as new information becomes available.
It’s interesting that Justin Houston, who led the league in sacks during the 2014 season, is not listed as an option. Houston had surgery on his ACL in February and could miss the start of the regular season, but it’s still surprising that he’s not at least listed as a longshot candidate.
Who do you think will lead the league in sacks? Will Watt lead the NFL in yet again? Please leave your comments in the section below.
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