The Watt Brothers: Which Will Have More Success in 2021

  • T.J. Watt has +750 odds to win Defensive Player of the Year honors while J.J. Watt is at +5000.
  • T.J. is the third betting choice to lead the NFL in sacks with J.J. being the 17th option.
  • Sportsbooks give J.J.’s team a better chance to have the most wins.

LAS VEGAST.J. Watt is projected to be one of the best defensive players in the NFL again this season, while J.J. Watt’s decline puts him further down the board. However, J.J. may find himself on a more successful team.

Individual Performances: T.J. Among League’s Best

When debating the best defensive player in the NFL for the upcoming season, T.J. Watt may be a part of the conversation, but it’s unlikely that his brother, J.J. Watt, gets much attention. Online sportsbooks seem to echo the same sentiment.

NFL Defensive Player Of The Year Odds

  • T.J. Watt +750
  • J.J. Watt +5000

Considering many believe T.J. was robbed of DPOY honors last year, it’s fair to slot him atop the board in 2021.

He has the third-shortest odds and is only behind Aaron Donald and Myles Garrett.

J.J. had an incredible four-year run where he combined for 69 sacks, 15 forced fumbled and 10 fumble recoveries, but has slowed down significantly since. J.J. has just 26.5 sacks over the past five seasons and has been struggling with a multitude of injuries that won’t seem to go away.

Due to J.J.’s struggles to get to the quarterback and T.J.’s rapid improvement, it’s no surprise to see the younger brother have shorter odds on NFL betting sites to lead the league in sacks.

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NFL Sack Leader Odds

  • T.J. Watt +800
  • J.J. Watt +2500

Team Odds: J.J. Could See More Success

While individual honors are great, most NFL players are competing for team accomplishments such as winning the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2021/22 Total Wins

  • Over 8.5 +105
  • Under 8.5 -135

Both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals have a win total of 8.5, but with differing odds.

Arizona Cardinals 2021/22 Total Wins

  • Over 8.5 -105
  • Under 8.5 -125

Even though T.J. is listed among the most dominant forces on the defensive side of the ball, the sports betting sites give J.J.’s Cardinals a better chance at going Over 8.5 wins.

Pittsburgh Steelers - To Make The Playoffs

  • Yes +130
  • No -170

Despite the books giving the Cardinals the better chance to see more wins, the Steelers still have the edge when it comes to making the playoffs.

Arizona Cardinals – To Make The Playoffs

  • Yes +150
  • No -200

Both the AFC North and NFC West are difficult divisions which is likely why we are expected to see a Watt-less playoff schedule in 2021.