MVP odds after Week 7: Josh Allen the favorite with Mahomes on his heels
The halfway point of the regular season is quickly approaching, and going into Week 8 there is one clear cut favorite for the NFL MVP award. Two time defending Most Valuable Players Aaron Rodgers and seven time Super Bowl winner, Tom Brady have essentially erased themselves from contention after dreadful starts to their season.
Two of the front runners for this year’s MVP enjoyed a little R&R during their bye over the last weekend. The two top teams in their respective conferences, Buffalo and Philly, had the week off and their quarterbacks got the chance to take a breath and prepare for the final stretch of the regular season.
Josh Allen +120
Josh Allen and the first placed team in the AFC enjoyed a bye over the weekend, and his spot at the top of the MVP shortlist remains firm. Through The Bills first six games of the season, Allen has 17 touchdowns and has throwN just four interceptions. One of the most important, and overlooked parts of his game is the way he can use his feet. So many times in big situations late in the game Allen uses his legs to pick up important first downs, like this one against the Chiefs in this season’s game of the year. Allen is so good his odds to win MVP improve even when he’s not playing. He went from +160 to +120 since the Bills last game two Sundays ago.
Season stats; 66.9% 1,980 YDS 17 TD 4 INT 257 RSH 2 TD
Patrick Mahomes +400
After getting outshined by Josh Allen is the game of the regular season two weeks ago, you had to know Patrick Mahomes was going to have a response against the San Francisco’s top ranked defense over the weekend. Mahomes shared the spotlight with Melcore Harman who had three jet sweeps for three touchdowns, but only one of them was a passing TD. Despite having to share the limelight, Mahomes went for 423 yards and three touchdowns with just one interceptions to lower his odds from +450 to +400.
Season stats; 66.9 % 2,159 YDS 20 TD 5 INT 113 RSH 0 TD
Jalen Hurts +450
Hurts and Philly enjoyed their bye week as the only undefeated team in the league as the Eagles QB is in the midst of an MVP campaign. His numbers haven’t been staggering, except for the three touchdown game against the Commanders in which he passed for 340 yards. As long as the Eagles are undefeated Hurts will be an MVP front runner. It will be interesting to see how much his odds drop after a loss. That is if the Eagles ever lose.
Season stats; 68.8% 1,514 YDS 6 TD 2 INT 293 RSH 6 TD
Lamar Jackson +1200
Jackson’s MVP resume is built on a solid foundation that he constructed in the first three games of the season. Through Week 3 the Ravens quarterback was averaging 250 yards through the air and had 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Since then he has just three touchdowns and four interceptions and Baltimore has gone 2-2 in those games. As we all know Lamar is much more than just a one dimensional QB. His running ability is what sets him apart from the rest of the bunch, and he is a top five rusher in the NFL through seven weeks of the season.
Season stats; 61.4% 1,397 YDS 13 TD 6 INT 510 RSH 2 TD
Joe Burrow +1600
The Bengals and Joe Burrow are back! It was a bumpy ride to start the season, but when you take into account Burrow’s absence in the preseason, his slow start is understandable. In just his third year we have built this super hero reputation for Joe Shiesty, so when we see him look human its like seeing Super Man with out his cape. The Cincy QB had a ridiculous first 15:05, going for 228 yards and two touchdowns. The flood gates have finally opened in Cincinnati, and if Burrow continues to put up numbers like he did last week he will sky rocket up this MVP favorites list.
Season stats; 68.9 % 2,097 YDS 15 TD 5 INT 130 RSH 3 TD