As we’ve progressed through three weeks of the 2019 NFL season, so have the odds to win the MVP award. The MVP award is specifically awarded to the most valuable player in the league, though the definition can become hazy at points. The most valuable player typically is a quarterback due to positional value, though it doesn’t always work out that way in the award voting. In this scenario and in the manner in which football is currently played, more often than not it will be the quarterback, regardless of how outstanding of a season another position may produce. Let’s look at the players with the best odds to win MVP in 2019/2020:
Patrick Mahomes +600
There’s just about nothing that can stop Patrick Mahomes at this point. Mahomes – who suffered an ankle injury in week one – is off to a brilliant start to the season as he’s collected 1,195 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Mahomes is doing all of this without his most potent weapon in wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who’s out for a handful of weeks with an upper body injury, though the Kansas City Chiefs and Mahomes haven’t skipped a beat. The Chiefs are 3-0, which is important as the success of the team from said player definitely plays a role in their ability to win MVP. Mahomes is once again the clear-cut favorite as he’s head and shoulders above the competition both statistically and stylistically. Ironically, Mahomes just torched arguably the best defense in football, proving just how unstoppable he is.
Aaron Rodgers +1100
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is always a threat to win the MVP award, specifically if he remains healthy throughout the season. Rodgers – who has the Packers sitting in first of the NFC North with an unblemished 3-0 record – hasn’t been asked to do a ton this season, as he’s only accumulated 647 passing yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. The Packers have finally built a roster worthy of a Super Bowl surrounding Rodgers, meaning less is left on his shoulders to carry, though Rodgers has an absolutely lethal arm and is always capable of completely taking a game over.
Tom Brady +1200
Surprise, surprise, Tom Brady makes an appearance on the list once again. Year after year, the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady continue to trudge along as one of the favorites to not only win a Super Bowl, but to potentially win the MVP award. Brady is off to a great start as he’s collected 911 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and zero interceptions, as well as one rushing touchdown. He’s off to another strong season, though he needs to shoulder less of the load at his advanced age.
Carson Wentz +2000
Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz comes in fourth on the MVP odds list as he’s been able to look fully healthy and recovered from his past two injury-riddled seasons. Wentz – who’s missing both of his top receivers – has put together a season with 803 passing yards, six touchdowns, two interceptions, and another rushing touchdown thus far. The man who leads the Eagles has the potential to win this award, though it’ll be tough the longer he is without Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, particularly the latter. Jackson has an uncanny ability to stretch the field vertically, both operating as a massive positive for himself (his ability to catch long touchdowns) and for the remainder of the Eagles’ offense as his ability allows everything to open up underneath.
Dating back to the year 2000, quarterbacks have won the MVP award 16/19 times, and every year since 2013. That trend is unlikely to change this season, giving you every reason to go place your hopes on which ever signal caller you believe can propel himself to the righteous award.