September 23, 2021

Post-Week 2 NFL MVP Odds: Who's the Favorite?

We might be entering Week 3 of the NFL campaign, but it's never too early to take a gander at the 2021 NFL MVP odds. 

It's a safe bet that a quarterback will win the award. 

Will Aaron Rodgers be able to win the award for the second straight season? Will Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes reclaim their crown? Could Tom Brady win the award again? 

Let's take a look at the top five odds for the prestigious award. 

*Odds courtesy of the FanDuel Sportsbook. 

5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (+1200)

Last season's MVP had a rough start to the season against the Saints. He completed 53% of his passes for 133 yards and two interceptions. The Packers didn't even hit paydirt. 

Rodgers rebounded nicely with a big against their NFC North rival Detriot Lions. Rodgers tossed four touchdowns in the Packers' route of the Lions.

It is pretty clear that Week 1 was just a hiccup for Rodgers as he touched the Lions and looked like his vintage self.

His MVP odds skyrocketed from +3000 to +1200.

4. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (+1000)

Matthew Stafford hasn't been asked to do too much through two games, but he's already helped improve the Rams' stagnant offense from a year ago.

In his first two games with the Rams, Stafford has led the Rams to 2-0 record and has thrown for nearly 600 yards and five touchdowns. His 78.1 QBR is fourth in the entire NFL and he leads the league in yards gained per completion (15.4).

With Cam Akers out for the rest of the season and Darrell Henderson nursing a rib injury, the Rams are going to have to rely on Stafford to carry this offense. If he continues to look as good as he has, taking him at +1000 might be a solid bet.

2 (tie). Kyler Murray (+600)

While Kyler Murray isn't a great value at +600, there's no denying that the dual-threat QB has been absolutely lethal this season. 

The Cardinals are undefeated — thanks to a missed Vikings kick — and Murray's passer rating sits at 121.5, which is good for second in the league. That's not even mentioning how dangerous he's been with his legs.

There's a strong argument that Murray should be the leader in the clubhouse for MVP. 

Will Murray come back to Earth a little bit or has he taken the next step toward superstardom? 

2 (tie). Tom Brady (+600)

Of course, Tom Brady is still ticking. 

Through two games this season, the G.O.A.T. is completing 65% of his passes for 655 yards and a league-high nine touchdowns. He became the sixth player in NFL history to pass for nine touchdowns through the first two games of the season, and this is the best two-game start of Brady's career. In case you forgot, Brady is 44 years young.

The Brady and Rob Gronkowski combination has transferred over to Tampa Bay very nicely. Gronk has four touchdowns this season and three consecutive games with two-plus receiving touchdowns.

With the weapons that Brady has, and with his hot start, he is, of course, going to be high on this list.

1. Patrick Mahomes (+500)

Other quarterbacks are playing some great football so far, but it's still Patrick Mahomes' award to lose. 

So far this season, Mahomes has thrown for 680 yards and six touchdowns. While he isn't currently leading the league in any major categories, he's still making jaw-dropping plays on a weekly basis, like this one. 

Barring any injury or misstep from Mahomes, he is the obvious favorite until someone else on this list has without a doubt, proven to be better. 

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