Steelers Star Pulling Away as Favorite to Win Defensive Player of the Year

Isaiah De Los Santos
Pittsburgh Steelers star TJ Watt is pulling away in the odds for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Pittsburgh Steelers star TJ Watt is pulling away in the odds for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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Pittsburgh Steelers star T.J. Watt continues to impress on the defensive end. His dominant season has led him to be a +220 favorite to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year, ahead of defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who ranks second on FanDuel Sportsbook at +250.

Watt and Donald have been forces on the defensive end through 10 games this season.

Watt has registered 32 combined tackles, including 14 for a loss. His 9 sacks tie him for the third most in the league this year. The linebacker also tallied an interception in Week 1 against the New York Giants. Watt's presence has helped the Steelers rank No. 1 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric.

Donald, meanwhile, has registered 26 combined tackles this season, including 7 for a loss. He is tied with Watt in sacks with 9 this year.

Watt is showcasing why he was the steal of the 2017 NFL Draft. A Defensive Player of the Year win would be the first in his young career. He has earned 2 Pro Bowl selections and 1 First Team All-Pro nod so far.

The odds indicate a strong belief in Watt or Donald to take home the award, but Myles Garrett (+600) is lurking in third place before a steep drop off to Khalil Mack (+1600) in fourth.


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