LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - Who will win the Defensive Player of the Year this season in the NFL? Here's a look at the odds.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Luke Kuechly is the favorite to win the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year at 9/5, while Robert Mathis has the next-best odds at 11/4. Robert Quinn is also 4/1, while Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are both 7/1, respectively.
Continuing with the odds, Lavonte David is 10/1 to win the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, while Vontaze Burfict is 12/1 and J.J. Watt is 15/1. Of the players listed with odds, Deandre Levy has the worst odds at 20/1.
Burfict not only leads the Cincinnati Bengals in tackles, he leads the entire NFL with 157 takedowns. Kuechly isn't far behind with 146, while David leads the Buccaneers with tackles with 137.
Quinn took over the league lead in sacks on Sunday with 18 when he sacked Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon three times. Mathis previously held the lead heading into Sunday, but he failed to record a sack against the Chiefs and is now sitting with 16.5 QB takedowns.
Sherman leads all of the NFL in interceptions with eight while Levy currently owns six picks with the Lions. Sherman also plays for the top defense in the league in Seattle, a fact that could come into play when the NFL hands out its Defensive Player of the Year at the end of the season.
Watt won the award in 2012.