2016 NFL Betting: Who Will Lead the League in Sacks?

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.

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.

Player Odds (7/22)
JJ Watt +275
Von Miller +550
Khalil Mack +550
Robert Quinn +1000
Chandler Jones +1200
Carlos Dunlap +1400
Ezekiel Ansah +1600
Aaron Donald +1800
Ryan Kerigan +1800
Cameron Jordan +2200
Cameron Wake +2500
Elvis Dumervil +2500
Melvin Ingram +2500
Everson Griffen +2800
Terrell Suggs +2800
Cliff Avril +3000
Clay Matthews +3000
Connor Barwin +4000
Tamba Hali +4000
Fletcher Cox +5000
Gerald McCoy +5000
Mario Williams +5000
Geno Atkins +5000
Kawann Short +6000
Robert Mathis +6000
DeMarcus Ware +6600
Michael Bennett +6600
Joey Bosa +8000
Ndamukong Suh +8000
Rob Ninkovich +8000

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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David Solar

David Solar has been the Content Manager at Sports Insights for over four years. He specializes in sports betting analytics and has created several popular data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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