Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes early favorite to win 2021 NFL MVP award

The dust has barely settled from Super Bowl LV and all eyes have turned back to Patrick Mahomes.

Despite seeing his Kansas City Chiefs come up short in the big game last week, Mahomes has been installed as the early favorite to win NFL Most Valuable Player honors for the 2021 season.

Mahomes, who won the award in 2018, is listed at +500 by DraftKings.

Mahomes, 25, is expected to be motivated after throwing for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns during the regular season before enduring one of the worst games of his NFL career in last Sunday’s 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Super Bowl LV.

Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers resides at +800 to capture his fourth such award.

Rodgers received 44 votes to earn his third career MVP award (2011, 2014) on Feb. 6. Rodgers led the league with 48 touchdown passes, a 70.7 percent completion rate and a 121.5 rating.

Fellow quarterbacks Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) are both listed at +1300 to win the 2021 NFL MVP.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is fifth on the list at +1500 following his trade from the Detroit Lions.

Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady of the Buccaneers sits at +1600 to win his fourth NFL MVP honor, while Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has the same odds to capture his second in three years.

The first non-quarterbacks on the list are Tennessee Titans bulldozer Derrick Henry and fellow running back Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. Both are at +3300.

–Field Level Media

Feb 6, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of the Super Bowl LV logo projected on the Sykes tower in downtown Tampa prior to the game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NHL, NBA stars offer predictions on Super Bowl LV

Several high-profile NHL and NBA players and coaches weighed in with their predictions on which team will win Super Bowl LV.

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar captain Sidney Crosby expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.

Why?

“That’s a tough one. It’s hard to bet against Tom Brady for the amount of times he’s been there,” Crosby said in a survey conducted among NHL players and coaches.

Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie acknowledged Brady’s decorated career but feels that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will repeat as Super Bowl champions.

“It’s hard to go against Tom, obviously, but I’m going to go with K.C.,” Oshie said. “I just like the way they play. Their offense is fun to watch. Either way, I hope it comes down to the last play.”

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw offered a different take on why Brady will win.

“Tom Brady (will win) because he’s got the refs on his side,” Shaw said.

Shifting from the ice to the hardwood, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr revealed why he believes the Chiefs will come out on top.

“A good friend of mine sent me a text last week and it just said very simply, ‘Mahomes, (Travis) Kelce and (Tyreek) Hill equals (Kevin Durant), Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry),’” Kerr said on ESPN Radio.

“I thought, ‘That’s a pretty good analogy.’ Those guys are so explosive, and they’re incredible to watch.”

And then there’s LeBron James, who walked a fine line with his prediction considering he has friends on both teams.

“I just want to see a great game,” the Los Angeles Lakers star said.

–Field Level Media

Feb 1, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady speak during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.  Mandatory Credit: NFL via USA TODAY Sports

QB battle for ages takes center stage at Super Bowl LV

Just two years ago, Tom Brady sought out Patrick Mahomes after the AFC Championship Game to console the youngster and provide encouragement.

Mahomes hasn’t lost a playoff game since that conversation, and he will look to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to their second straight title when they face Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.

The Buccaneers will be the first team in Super Bowl history to play in their home stadium, while the Chiefs are looking to become the first repeat Super Bowl champs since Brady’s New England Patriots were the victors after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Kansas City defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in last season’s Super Bowl for the franchise’s second-ever title. That victory came just more than 12 months after Brady entered the Chiefs’ locker room in search of Mahomes.

“It was important because it showed I was doing things the right way,” Mahomes said while reflecting on the conversation. “As a young quarterback in this league, you show up early and you try to put in the time and put in the work. …

“Him saying that he respected what I was doing and how I was playing on the field and the type of person I was, it kind of put a stamp on me that I needed to go in and even be better in order to get to the Super Bowl.”

Now Mahomes stands in the way of Brady’s hunt for his seventh Super Bowl ring. Sunday will mark Brady’s record 10th appearance in the big game.

Brady won six Super Bowl crowns with the Patriots but departed after last season as a free agent and signed with the Buccaneers.

The 43-year-old enjoyed a big season as he passed for 4,633 yards and set a franchise record with 40 touchdown passes in the regular season. And his motivation level is high as he looks to help Tampa Bay win its second Super Bowl title.

“My life has taken certainly a lot of different directions,” Brady said. “I’m obviously older now. I’ve got a family. A lot of incredible blessings in my life. Fast-forward 21 years, sitting in Tampa and trying to win a Super Bowl in our own home stadium would be pretty sweet.”

Mahomes, 25, passed for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns this season. His top yardage total was the 462 he piled up in Kansas City’s 27-24 road win over the Buccaneers in Week 12.

Brady passed for 345 yards and attempted to lead his team back from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit in that contest.

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill had a game for the ages with career bests of 269 receiving yards on 13 catches. He also matched his high of three touchdown receptions.

Hill had an astounding 203 yards in the first quarter as Tampa Bay cornerback Carlton Davis struggled to cover him.

Davis expects to fare much better in the high-stakes rematch.

“I’m going to bring the same mentality,” Davis said. “I’m always going to be myself. It didn’t work out the first game as far as what we did and our game plan, but we’ve corrected it and we’ve got a great game plan going in. But I’m going in with the same mentality and that’s to dominate.”

Davis, who had four regular-season interceptions this year, is one of the better players on a defensive unit that features linebackers Devin White (140 tackles, nine sacks) and Lavonte David (117 stops), elite pass rushers Jason Pierre-Paul (9.5 sacks) and Shaquil Barrett (eight sacks) and long-time run stuffer Ndamukong Suh (10.5 tackles for loss).

Brady also has talent to work with on offense, especially wide receivers Mike Evans (1,006 receiving yards) and Chris Godwin (840) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (623).

Pierre-Paul (knee) missed practice Wednesday while David (hamstring), safeties Jordan Whitehead (shoulder/knee) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) and receiver Antonio Brown (knee) were limited.

Kansas City running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) and Le’Veon Bell (knee) were limited as were receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (foot). Linebacker Willie Gay (ankle) sat out.

The Chiefs will be without left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) after he sustained a serious injury during the AFC title game against the Buffalo Bills. Mike Remmers will move from guard to start in place of Fisher.

Among other Kansas City standouts are Travis Kelce — who set a record for tight ends with 1,416 yards in the regular season — safety Tyrann Mathieu (six interceptions) and defensive end Chris Jones (7.5 sacks).

Meanwhile, Chiefs coach Andy Reid (age 62) is looking to become the oldest coach to win back-to-back Super Bowls while the 68-year-old Bruce Arians is looking to become the oldest to win a Super Bowl. New England’s Bill Belichick (66, two years ago) set that mark.

“I’m still part of the ‘Geritol Crew’ and we are a little bit older, and there is experience that comes with that and I guess they say wisdom with age,” Reid said this week. “By chance, a few of the older guys have gotten to this point. I attribute that to good players and then a little bit of experience there.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Jameis Winston (2) talk on the sideline during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton: Saints wanted Patrick Mahomes; now want Jameis Winston back

Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints are in meetings this week evaluating the roster, and the quarterback position remains a hot topic.

There is growing sentiment Drew Brees plans to retire, leaving Payton to plot for a future without his franchise quarterback.

New Orleans re-signed Taysom Hill last spring and picked up Jameis Winston, the former No. 1 pick, after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“We got great exposure for one year with Jameis Winston,” Payton said Wednesday in an interview with NFL Network. “We had enough time to see what we had with him as a player, as a leader, as an athlete. I really like what we had a chance to see. He was a tremendous leader on this team. That’s hard to do when you come in new, free agency, first year as a backup. That will be an important checkmark for us. A lot of times you want to hold your cards closer to the vest, and he is a free agent. He along with Taysom Hill, who’s in the building. We’ve said it all along — we’re going to develop and coach those guys.”

The Saints are 8-1 over the past two seasons without Brees, who had a hand injury in 2019 and fractured ribs last season. He has been the starting quarterback for the Saints since 2006. An official announcement from Brees on his status for next season is expected in the coming weeks, well before free agency begins in March.

Payton lamented a close call on Brees’ heir apparent in 2017, when the Saints held the No. 11 pick and had been on a stealthy campus visit to scout Patrick Mahomes. After a full day in Lubbock visiting Texas Tech coaches and working out Mahomes, Payton and the smitten Saints’ brass scurried back to the airport in an effort to cover up their affinity for the Red Raiders star.

“We came away from there blown away, impressed,” Payton said. “I know I came away from there saying, ‘That’s the best college quarterback I’ve ever evaluated.’ … There were all the other checks, the things you can’t see on video — his personality is fantastic, he’s one of those guys who was always hanging out in the gym in high school, he comes from an athletic family, he’s got a bright smile. It was all there.”

About 12 minutes before the Saints went on the clock in the first round of the draft, the Kansas City Chiefs traded up to No. 10 in a deal with the Buffalo Bills. Payton cringed, and knew exactly what was coming.

“Andy (Reid) went up to 10. As soon as that trade took place, we know that was for Mahomes,” Payton said. “He’s fun to watch. And certainly tough to defend.”

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Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (left) and coach Andy Reid react during the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Andy Reid guides with Golden Rule, goal of greatness

One year after Andy Reid won his first Super Bowl, his players continue with the same message: the Kansas City Chiefs want to get one for their coach, Big Red.

Reid said Tuesday at his early morning press conference his approach to players is likely the reason his charges continue to trumpet his cause.

“We all want to be treated a certain way. If not, I know how I like to be treated. That’s (what) tells me what I need to do to get better at what I’m trying to get accomplished. You don’t necessarily have to yell and scream at me to get me to do something better. I kind of go about it that way, going to treat people the way I want to be treated.

“We’re here as teachers, and that’s what I do. That’s how I look at myself is a teacher of, in my case, men. Whether it’s on the field or off the field if I can give them any experience to become better players, husbands, fathers, that’s what I do.”

Reid is 17-14 in the playoffs and 1-1 in the Super Bowl. He’s in position to become only the seventh head coach to win back-to-back Super Bowls. At 65, Reid is the younger head coach in Sunday’s game but points to experience as a critical element in his own growth.

Prior to winning the Lombardi Trophy last season, Reid was a .500 coach in the playoffs and was 1-4 in the conference championship game. High-profile clock management mistakes and January shortcomings were enough to get Reid fired by the Philadelphia Eagles.

If not for what Reid now calls that “learning experience” he might not be here.

“I’m still part of the geratol crew, we are a little bit older,” Reid said. “There’s experience that comes with that and I guess they say wisdom comes with it. A lot of good young football coaches out there I look forward to seeing continue to grow in this league. By chance a few of the older guys have gotten to this point. I probably contribute that to good players and a bit fortunate there. In my case, I have a heckuva staff.”

Reid said his greatest asset as a coach is communication.

“If you tell the person the truth — a positive with their play or negative with their play — communication becomes important,” Reid said. “It’s not different than raising a child or being in a marriage. If you just keep it open, and real, that’s the best way to roll with it. That’s how I feel. That’s how I’ve been with Patrick (Mahomes). I know he wants to be great. I’m in a business where that’s what these guys do. They want to be the best. … The thing I’ve found with great players is they want you to give them one more thing. That’s the way I approach it.”

Part of being great for Reid and his players is contributing to making others better. Mahomes could become a 25-year-old two-time Super Bowl champion this weekend. The $503 million quarterback said Tuesday he uses Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James as a sounding board about helping others off the field.

“There’s a lot of great athletes that are doing things the right way. LeBron is one of them, I can bounce things off of him,” Mahomes said Tuesday. “But there’s so many others. They’re using their voice to make things right in this world. I try to use my voice to make a difference in my community.”

Reid said Mahomes has more than an interest in being great — as a player and person — and more of an insatiable drive.

“He’s got a way about him where he understands people,” Reid said. “They are interested in things he has to say or back and believe it. That presents yourself with a good combination, whatever platform you want to support or take.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws the ball away before being pushed out of bounds by Kansas City Chiefs middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens (53) during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs defeat Bills, return to Super Bowl

Since the beginning of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs have had one goal they turned into a catchphrase after winning last year’s Super Bowl: Run it back.

Patrick Mahomes got to state that objective again Sunday after the Kansas City Chiefs repeated as AFC champions by downing the Buffalo Bills 38-24 at Kansas City, Mo.

“The job’s not finished,” said Mahomes, after passing for 325 yards and three touchdowns. “We’re going to Tampa to try to run it back.”

After getting cleared from concussion protocol Friday, Mahomes still played with turf toe on his left foot but completed 29 of 38 attempts as the Chiefs gained an opportunity for a title defense.

Kansas City will attempt to become the first back-to-back NFL champion since the 2003-04 seasons (New England Patriots) when it meets the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 7 in Super Bowl LV.

The Bucs beat the Green Bay Packers 31-26 for the NFC title behind Tom Brady, who will make his 10th Super Bowl appearance against a Chiefs team that went undefeated on the road this season.

“We’ve just got to be ourselves,” Mahomes said during the postgame trophy presentation. “I trust my guys over anybody to go out there and be ourselves.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was even more on point about his team’s quest.

“We’ve got the Lamar Hunt Trophy again in Kansas City,” Reid said of the AFC championship prize named after the Chiefs founder. “Now we’ve got to go get the big one and bring home the gold.”

The Chiefs went three-and-out on their opening possession, then overturned a 9-0 deficit with second-quarter touchdown drives of 80, 82 and 77 yards.

Taking away a one-play kneel down to end the first half, Kansas City scored on six straight possessions while going 5-for-5 on touchdowns in the red zone.

Tyreek Hill raced 172 yards on nine receptions, including a 71-yard gain. Travis Kelce added 13 catches (a record for a conference championship game) for 118 yards and two scores. The Chiefs amassed 439 yards but may not have left tackle Eric Fisher for the Super Bowl after their left tackle suffered an Achilles injury.

Buffalo’s Josh Allen completed 28 of 48 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 88 yards, but fourth-quarter interceptions by Rashad Fenton and Bashaud Breeland (on a two-point conversion attempt) proved disastrous.

“This is a learning experience,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “Tough environment to play. We didn’t play our best game; we didn’t coach our best game. We’ll be back.”

The Bills converted just 2 of 5 red-zone opportunities into touchdowns and settled for four field goals from Tyler Bass. Cole Beasley grabbed a team-high seven catches for 88 yards.

The game ended with chippy altercations that drew offsetting penalties.

The Bills converted Taiwan Jones’ recovery of a muffed punt by Mecole Hardman into a 3-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Dawson Knox for their 9-0 lead.

The Chiefs recovered to build a 21-12 halftime margin as Hardman atoned for his mishandled punt. He grabbed a 3-yard touchdown from Mahomes with 14:16 left in the half before beginning Kansas City’s next drive with a 50-yard end around.

The Chiefs tacked on touchdown runs of 6 and 1 yards from Darrel Williams and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, respectively, for a 21-9 lead.

–Field Level Media

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) warms up before the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes practices, remains in concussion protocol

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was on the practice field and worked with the starting offense in a limited basis Thursday but remains in concussion protocol.

Head coach Andy Reid specified Mahomes is still in the no-contact phase of concussion protocol until further notice, leaving the Chiefs’ quarterback situation unsettled for the AFC Championship game Sunday.

Typically players who haven’t been cleared from NFL concussion protocol are not allowed to wear helmets at practice. In the portion of Thursday’s workout open to media, Mahomes held his helmet and observed from the sideline.

But later in the workout Mahomes donned a helmet and ran plays with the starting offense, which included rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire missed the divisional playoff game last week due to hip and ankle injuries.

“Pat looked good out there,” Reid said. “He’s moving around well. He feels good. It’s just important we follow the protocol, and that’s what we’re doing.”

If Mahomes doesn’t receive full medical clearance, Reid said the Chiefs would turn back to Chad Henne. Henne entered last week’s game in the third quarter after Mahomes was helped off the field at the end of an option running play. Henne also started Week 17 with the Chiefs resting key personnel.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and cornerback Bashaud Breeland (concussion protocol) were also on the practice field Thursday.

Running back Le’Veon Bell (knee) and cornerback Willie Gay (ankle) didn’t practice, Reid said.

–Field Level Media

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts against the Cleveland Browns during the first half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes still in protocol but has light practice

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains in concussion protocol but took part in a light practice Wednesday.

“He took all the snaps and he feels good,” head coach Andy Reid said. “We’re going to follow this protocol as close as we possibly can. He’s in the protocol so there’s only certain things he can do. Today was a limited practice so this fit right in to what he can do.”

Mahomes is questionable for the AFC Championship Game scheduled for Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The quarterback left the divisional playoff victory over the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter, but Reid said he has no concussion symptoms.

Reid said the nature of the practice schedule, which calls for a longer and more taxing workout on Thursday, is crucial for Mahomes and the Chiefs.

“We’ll see how it goes tomorrow,” Reid said Wednesday.

In addition to Mahomes, cornerback Bashaud Breeland (concussion) and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip, ankle) are the top injuries to monitor for Kansas City. Edwards-Helaire did not play last week against the Browns, but was able to “get work in” on Wednesday, Reid said.

Mahomes is expected to be on the field as the Chiefs host a third consecutive conference championship game. Veteran Chad Henne would start if Mahomes is not medically cleared.

It will be the second meeting this season between the Chiefs and Bills, who played in Week 6 in Buffalo. The Chiefs won the game 26-17.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday he’s expecting to see Mahomes, but that’s only one element of the team’s preparation.

“We’ve got work to do to prepare,” McDermott said. “Certainly have a lot of respect for Patrick and how he plays the game and what he adds to their offense,” McDermott said. “They’re so good with the weapons they have around Patrick. Andy does such a good job — they’re well-coached — that we got to prepare for the system. We’ve got to prepare for both quarterbacks and that’s why we have a lot of work to do this week.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is brought down by Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Mack Wilson (51) during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes would suffer an injury on the play.  Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs underdogs if Patrick Mahomes unable to face Bills

The Kansas City Chiefs will be underdogs in the AFC Championship Game if quarterback Patrick Mahomes isn’t available to face the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.

Mahomes will have to pass through the league’s concussion protocol after being knocked out of Sunday’s 22-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

SportsBetting.com said the Chiefs were listed as four-point favorites in a projected matchup against the Bills before Mahomes was injured. If Mahomes is not able to play, the sportsbook said Buffalo would be a 2-point favorite. Mahomes’ status also affects the Over/Under, which would be set at 56 points if he’s able to play and 51 points if he’s not.

Mahomes exited at the 7:47 mark of the third quarter after being tackled on an option keeper. He was first evaluated on the sideline before heading to the locker room for further tests and was later ruled out for the remainder of the game.

“He got hit in the back of the head and kind of knocked the wind out of him,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game. “He’s doing great right now, which is a real positive, passed all the deals that he needed to pass so we’ll see where it goes from here.”

Mahomes passed for 255 yards and one touchdown before the injury.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass in the second quarter during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers puts vice-grip on MVP race

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has taken a commanding lead in the race for NFL MVP following his sixth four-touchdown game of the season in the Packers’ 40-14 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night.

The two-time MVP is now the -295 favorite to win a third by PointsBet and is being offered at -150 by BetMGM.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the frontrunner last month, has seen his odds lengthen to +250 and +160 by the two sportsbooks. Mahomes has thrown for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns against just six interceptions, but three of those came against the Dolphins earlier this month and Mahomes threw another in Sunday’s narrow 17-14 win over the 4-11 Atlanta Falcons.

Meanwhile, Rodgers has the Packers soaring towards the No. 1 seed in the NFC, which they can clinch with a victory in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears.

Rodgers threw his first pick since Week 11 on Sunday night but more than made up for it with 231 yards and four touchdowns in the route of Tennessee. He has thrown for 4,059 yards and 44 touchdowns against just five interceptions this season and has 15 touchdowns against a lone pick over his past five games.

The 2011 and 2014 NFL MVP has thrown at least three touchdown passes in 11 of 15 games this season.

It has boiled down to a two-horse race, with Josh Allen being offered third at +1400 by PointsBet and +1800 by BetMGM.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was the favorite through much of the first half of the season but is now being offered at +15000 by BetMGM and is completely off the board at PointsBet. Wilson has led the Seahawks to the NFC West title while throwing for 4,031 yards and a career-high 38 touchdowns, but has also thrown a career-high 13 interceptions.

–Field Level Media