The quest to become 2021 NFL MVP appears to be over, as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has a stranglehold on four other competitors entering Week 18.
Rodgers, who was a -175 favorite at DraftKings this time last week, shot all the way up to -400 after Green Bay’s 37-10 victory over Minnesota on Sunday night. The NFL’s three-time and reigning MVP threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs in the rout of the Vikings. A quick scan across the sports betting landscape Tuesday afternoon revealed that PointsBet was dealing Rodgers at -500.
Rodgers closes out the regular season at home against Detroit. Green Bay’s starters will play against the Lions, according to head coach Matt LaFleur, but it is uncertain for how long with the NFL Playoffs up next.
Rodgers missed one game due to Covid this season, but he’s still thrown for 3,977 passing yards and 35 TDs. He’s attempting to become only the second player to win four or more NFL MVP awards. Retired QB Peyton Manning holds the record of five.
The top-five NFL MVP candidates have separated themselves from the pack. No other players have odds shorter than +5000. Here are the current NFL MVP odds at DraftKings as of Tuesday afternoon.
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Odds For Other NFL MVP Candidates Heading Into Week 18
Bucs QB Tom Brady (+500)
Simply put, it has been another stellar season for Brady. If the NFL MVP award was given based solely on statistical considerations, the 44-year-old QB would win going away. Brady leads the NFL in passing yards (4,990) and TDs (40).
Bengals QB Joe Burrow (+1000)
Burrow’s late-season surge helped the Bengals capture their first division title and playoff berth since 2015. His connection with fellow LSU alum Ja’ marr Chase has been something to behold. Burrow threw for an astounding 466 yards and four TDs in Sunday’s 34-31 win over the Chiefs, following a 525-yard, four-TD performance in 41-21 over Baltimore the week prior. Chase was on the receiving end of three of those TDs and 266 yards against K.C.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (+1600)
Indy stumbled against Las Vegas, but Taylor was his usual productive self with more than 100 yards rushing (108) and one rushing TD. He leads the league in rushing yards (1,734) and by a wide margin. The next closest RB is Cincy’s Joe Mixon at 1,205 yards. Taylor also recorded the most TDs on the ground in the NFL this year with 18.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp (+2000)
Fact: A wide receiver has never won the NFL MVP award. Kupp made a strong case for himself by leading the league in receptions (138), receiving yards (1,829) and receiving TDs (15) entering Week 18. Those eye-popping stats suggest an NFL MVP-caliber season, but Kupp is a relative longshot to receive the award.