Oddsmakers Disrespecting Shaq

August 25th, 2020

At sportsbooks across the nation (Florida is behind the times), one can place exotic wagers such as who will win NFL Defensive Player Of The Year.

Right now, oddsmakers — and bettors — at one major outlet seem to think 14 defensive players have a better shot at the honor than Shaq Barrett.

That’s quite a stunning total for a healthy guy who led the NFL with 19 1/2 sacks last season and is expected to pin his ears back and rush the passer a lot this season thanks to a high-octane Bucs offense.

Hell, unemployed Jadevon Clowney is getting lower odds (25-1) than Shaq (33-1)!

Aaron Donald is the favorite at (7-1) with Joey Bosa behind him at 12-1. Chandler Jones, who Shaq edged for the sacks crown last season,  is at (20-1), as is cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Derwin James, Myles Garrett and Von Miller. And six others, oddsmakers and bettors believe, have a better shot than Shaq.

That’s a whole lot of disrespect right there.

These odds are from the DraftKings sportsbook that services bettors within the borders of Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Hampshire, Illinois, West Virginia, and Colorado.

Joe hopes somebody passes this on to Shaq, whose fans might want to make a road trip or call a cousin to drop a hundred bucks.

Stephon Gilmore? Really?

Joe supposes a lot of folks see Shaq as a one-year wonder.

11 Responses to “Oddsmakers Disrespecting Shaq”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    No surprise here. Although, I would like for someone to point out ONE “one-year wonder” who put up 19.5 sacks.
    Here’s a hint: There are none.

    We’re a small-market, historically LOSING team. It will take a little more than a one year sample size, I’m afraid.

  2. SteveK Says:

    In 2019 Barrett led the nfl in sacks. Didn’t even get 1st team all pro. It’s a popularity contest and hopefully with kore eyeballs on the Bucs, guys like Lavonte and Shaq get their due.

  3. Steven007 Says:

    Well, he got 19.5 sacks last year and didn’t get it. The likelihood of him getting close to 19 this year is fairly low so they’re probably more accurate than not. Good player. Let’s see him do it some more.

  4. All lives matter Says:

    Who cares? …sounds like the same people who predicted HRC’s win.

  5. 541BucsFan Says:

    Media and odds maker opinions matter so much … said no one ever.

  6. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Yeah all of this just seems to be a popularity contest anymore. It’s Disgraceful honestly.

    Jadeveon Clowney has never had as dominant of a season Shaq just had with years upon years of experience as a full time starter. But for some reason with no team he has better odds.

  7. geno711 Says:

    Jadeveon Clowney is just a suckers bet.
    I think that Derwin James seems quite high to me but that is probably fighting words for all the FSU fans on this site.

    Not really that worried about the rest of the Odds.

  8. SB Says:

    I actually hope Shaq is tuned in enough to read this site.
    He didn’t even make the ALL NFCS team by prediction
    Guarantold ya that If I was a pro and read that it would be in my head EVERY snap!

  9. unbelievable Says:

    BFM- well said. He didn’t get it last after leading the league, why would his odds be better this year? Bucs players won’t get respect until we have some meaningful wins. And even, they still might not get respected (see: John Lynch and Ronde Barber being snubbed by the HOF over and over. )

    All lives matter is clearly a triggered little snowflake.

  10. SB Says:

    Howdy UB! I hope things are going well for you and your fam in these times!

  11. SOEbuc Says:

    I really don’t know why national media isn’t on #GO BUCS watching practice videos. They’d see how fired up this defense, especially the LB are. LVD almost pushed a sled over backwards. He has been waiting so long. He’s gonna make the HOF and DPY on prime time this year.