Wilson, Mahomes, Rodgers in Three-way MVP Race

Halfway through the season, it’s looking like a three-way race for Most Valuable Player. Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, and Aaron Rodgers are the top three favorites to win the NFL MVP, with Wilson leading the way at +125 odds.

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Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are MVP contenders this season.

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Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are MVP contenders this season. (Image: Mike Roemer/AP)

Two weeks into the season, it looked like Wilson had run away with the MVP. Wilson tossed nine touchdowns and quickly became the new MVP favorite at +300 odds. The hot run continues midway though the season, Wilson leads the NFL with 28 touchdown passes. He’s ranked #4 overall with 2,541 yards.

  • Russell Wilson +125
  • Patrick Mahomes +200
  • Aaron Rodgers +350
  • Josh Allen +2200
  • Kyler Murray +2500
  • Tom Brady +3300
  • Dalvin Cook +3300
  • Ben Roethlisberger +3300
  • Drew Brees +5000
  • Lamar Jackson +5000

Wilson had never won the MVP before, whereas Mahomes looks to lock up a second MVP in the last three seasons. In nine games, Mahomes tossed 25 touchdowns, but just one interception. A recent surge from Mahomes saw his MVP odds bump to +200.

Aaron Rodgers seeks a third MVP award and his first since 2014. Rodgers tossed 24 touchdowns and only two interceptions for the high-octane Green Bay Packers. Rodgers looks like the value pick out of the top three at +350 odds to win MVP.

Lamar Jackson, the reigning MVP, saw his odds slip to +5000 after a sluggish start. After the end of Week 2, Jackson was +500 to win another MVP. Peyton Manning won back-to-back MVPs in 2008 and 2009, and he’s the last player to achieve that feat.

Trending Up: Allen, Murray, Brady

Josh Allen and Kyler Murray are both having breakout seasons. Allen leads the 7-2 Buffalo Bills to the third-best record in the league. Allen ranks #3 in the NFL with 2,587 passing yards. He tossed 19 touchdowns and rushed for 5 more.

The dual-threat Murray looked unstoppable in the overtime victory for the Arizona Cardinals over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. Murray is on pace to become the first quarterback in league history to rush for 1,000 yards and throw 4,000 yards in a season. Murray is worth of a flier at +2500.

Aside from two tough losses against the New Orleans Saints, Tom Brady looks good this season and definitely the best in years. Old man Brady, 43, might have discovered the fountain of youth in Florida. He’s tied for fourth in the league with 20 touchdowns and he’s ranked #6 with 2,398 yards. He’s +3300 odds to win his fourth MVP. Tommy Boy previously won the MVP in 2007, 2010, and 2017.

Since 2007, only one non-quarterback won MVP, when Adrian Peterson won the MVP and NFL rushing title in 2012. The odds are stacked against Dalvin Cook. He’s the only running back in the Top 10 for MVP odds.

Cook leads the NFL with 13 TDs and leads the league with three 2-point conversions. You can currently find Cook at +3300.

Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees are MVP candidates in the twilight of their careers, but neither has won one. Big Ben recently headed to the Reserve/COVID list, but he’s +3300 odds to win the MVP.

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