The NFL has turned into a league that is all about offense, but there are still two sides of the ball that matter. Not only are you going to find some great betting options when it comes to offense, but you can also look to make a wager on the best defensive player.

These odds tend to be pretty tight, as it can be hard to pick how a defensive player is going to perform within a scheme from a team. Those odds for one specific player have shifted in a big way as he is looking to hold out and potentially miss some games.

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Chiefs Moving Forward Without Jones

The Kansas City Chiefs are planning to play without defensive tackle Chris Jones in the season opener on Thursday night, and he might end up missing more games than that. Jones is holding out in hopes of getting a new deal done with the Chiefs, but Kansas City does not seem willing to get that done.

The Chiefs are a team that tends to win games on offense, but Jones has been one of the best players in the league and the anchor of that defense. He is in the final year of his four-year contract and is set to get paid around $20 million this season.

Tight end Travis Kelce has been begging Jones to report to the team, as he knows just how valuable Jones is to the team. Head coach Andy Reid is confident that Jones can begin playing as soon as he decides to report, but so far, there has been no resolution.

A healthy Jones would be one of the favorites to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2023, but he’s not really in the mix due to this holdout. Those odds can still change if he decides to get back on the field in Week 2.

A Couple of Favorites

This award tends to go to the players that are able to rack up the most sacks and disrupt the offense for opposing teams. Even though fans tend to focus on the offensive side of the ball, there are some great defensive players in the league right now.

If you are going to bet on this award, then you first need to look at the betting favorites that are at the top. Here are some of those players to consider as betting favorites:

  • Micah Parsons +400
  • Myles Garrett +500
  • T.J. Watt +900
  • Nick Bosa +1200

Micah Parsons has emerged as the betting favorite to win this award, but there are plenty of other players right behind him. TJ Watt and Nick Bosa are two players that always seem to be in play for this award, and they are going to put up some huge stats throughout this season.

One nice thing about the odds for this award is that even if you decide to go with a player from the group of favorites, you are going to get a nice payout.

Contenders in the Mix

If you would rather try to go for a ton of value, then you are going to want to check out the players that would be contenders to win this award. This is where you are going to find Chris Jones, but there are some other great players in the mix as well.

  • Ahmad Gardner +1800
  • Maxx Crosby +1800
  • Aaron Donald +2000
  • Brian Burns +2200
  • Quinnen Williams +2500
  • Chris Jones +2500
  • Aidan Hutchinson +3300
  • Rashan Gary +3300
  • Jaelen Phillips +3300

Remember that these odds are going to be changing throughout the year, and some players will fall off the list altogether. Jones could be a player that falls off, especially if he ends up missing more than four games.

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