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NFL MVP Odds Race: Aaron Rodgers Brings it Home

With a brief but impressive performance in Week 18, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wrapped up the NFL MVP Award for the second straight season.
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NFL MVP Odds Race: Aaron Rodgers Brings it Home

There are great players and then there are the all-time greats. Without a doubt, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers falls into the latter category. While he may not have played the entirety of a meaningless regular-season finale on Sunday, Rodgers still made sure to make one last impression on NFL MVP Award voters.

The Packers may have ultimately lost to the Detroit Lions on the scoreboard in Week 18, but Rodgers and the starters were all out of the game by the time it was decided. When he was playing, the 38-year-old simply added to what has been another phenomenal season.

Rodgers totaled 138 passing yards, two touchdowns, and a QBR of 135.6 in the first half of Sunday's game and walked away unscathed. Green Bay will now have an additional week to get healthy by virtue of being the 1-seed in the NFC Playoffs.

With his Week 18 numbers added in, Rodgers' statistical totals for the 2021 season include 4,115 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 111.9. Perhaps most impressive of all is that Rodgers only threw four interceptions over the entire 17-game regular season. It's not every day that you see an NFL quarterback finish out a full season with a 37:4 TD:INT ratio.

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Rodgers is seeking to become the first player since Peyton Manning in 2008-09 to win the MVP award in consecutive seasons. It would mark his fourth time winning the award which would put him alone in second for the most MVP trophies in NFL history. Manning won the award five times during his Hall of Fame Career. Given that Rodgers' first MVP season was only 11 years ago in 2011, the fact that he is on the verge of winning it three times since reflects his dominant status in the league over the past decade.

Of course, Rodgers has been the odds-on NFL betting favorite to win the MVP award for a few weeks now. Now, bettors would have had to wager $5 just to return $1 on Rodgers in the MVP futures market.

The table below shows the updated MVP odds after Week 18 action.

PlayerMVP Odds
Aaron Rodgers-500
Tom Brady+600
Joe Burrow+2000
Jonathan Taylor+3000

Rodgers is clearly the runaway favorite on the NFL MVP betting board and for good reason. Note that second choice Tom Brady didn't exactly light the world on fire against poor competition down the stretch of the season.

After another stellar display in Week 18, nothing can stop the inevitable MVP coronation of Rodgers for the second straight year. Not even dickface Chicago media member Hub Arkush's liberal and moral crusade that call for the NFL MVP Award to not be given to the "biggest jerk in the league". If you missed that drama from this past week, I highly recommend checking it out. You are guaranteed a good laugh (especially from Rodgers' response in the tweet below) as Arkush's comments were befitting of a clown.

All reports indicate that Arkush is in the minority and that the media as a whole does support Rodgers to win MVP despite the fact that he is willing to be his own person and not listen to them on every decision he makes in life. That being said, hopefully, the incident helps to generate a closer examination of the "almighty" media folk who vote on sports awards of this magnitude.

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Henry has had a passion for sports that few can match for as long as he can remember. What started out as a five-year-old taking interest in the New York Jets and their green jerseys has since become a full-fledged career as a writer and sports betting analyst. His coverage primarily includes the NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, college football, and college basketball. In 2020, he ranked among the top-10 most accurate experts ATS in the BettingPros NFL season contest. You can follow Henry’s sports work on Twitter and other social media platforms @HankTimeSports.


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