Looking for a juicy Washington bet? Consider Ron Rivera to win Coach of the Year

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Want a juicy WFT bet? Look at Ron Rivera to win Coach of the Year originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Ron Rivera's already captured two NFL Coach of the Year awards, and should he do it again in the future, he'll join the likes of Bill Belichick, Chuck Knox and Don Shula as the only guys to have won the honor at least three times.

Now, if you think Rivera will be able become a part of that group in 2021, you might as well put some money on it now with hopes of cashing in big time at the end of the season.

PointsBet Sportsbook has released its odds for who'll win the 2021 Coach of the Year race, and Rivera is currently listed as a 17/1 shot. That means that, if you place a $10 bet on Washington's leader and it hits, you'll win $170.

Rivera, by the way, finds himself behind Cleveland's Kevin Stefanski, the Chargers' Brendan Staley, Miami's Brian Flores, the Rams' Sean McVay, San Fran's Kyle Shanahan and Buffalo's Sean McDermott, per PointsBet. Rivera, Indy's Frank Reich and Atlanta's Arthur Smith all share the same odds. 

So, those are the numbers. Now, let's discuss Rivera's chances of actually coming through.

Though Washington is preparing to defend its division title, the team's 2020 record was only 7-9; in other words, it's not like the Burgundy and Gold is fresh off of a 13-3 campaign where it'll be almost impossible for them to outdo themselves.

Yes, their schedule is loaded with stud opposing quarterbacks, but there is an opening for them to increase their win total by a noticeable amount, which would attract the eyes of voters.

Should that happen, then you've got to like the club's potential of once again finishing atop the NFC East, which would make them the division's first back-to-back champ since 2004. That would be an impressive piece for Rivera to put on his résumé. 

It's also worth considering that success in Washington could carry more weight than, say, McVay dominating with the Rams or Shanahan helping lift the Niners back to the upper tier of the sport. Everyone is well aware of the constant drama surrounding the organization, and Rivera will absolutely command respect the more he's able to steer the franchise toward open water and away from any hazards. 

Pretending like there aren't intriguing narratives tied to Rivera's fellow head men would be silly. If Staley, for example, elevates the Chargers and puts Justin Herbert in a spot where he continues to ascend, he'll be plenty popular. Flores and Reich, meanwhile, run two AFC squads that are a solid QB performance away from making serious noise in that conference.

As for Rivera, all it takes is a Ryan Fitzpatrick flop or a few injuries on defense to significantly hamper his roster's outlook. As encouraging as his rebuild's initial returns are, it's no doubt still on fragile footing. 

That said, any 17/1 bet is going to have its flaws. What you're searching for in that range is a play that has a decent path toward delivering, and if a few X-factors break right, a path that suddenly becomes a lot wider.

Therefore, if you're bullish on Washington's overall prospects in 2021, devoting a little attention to Rivera as Coach of the Year could prove to go a long way.

Odds provided by our partner, PointsBet