Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scores on a 26-yard touchdown run against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) and safety Camryn Bynum (24) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

QB3? Eagles’ Jalen Hurts pushing Allen, Mahomes in MVP odds

Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles are creating waves in NFL futures betting markets.

Hurts scored a pair of rushing TDs and tossed one in a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings Monday night that has the Eagles at 2-0 to start the season.

Hurts continues to see his MVP odds hiked and he’s third behind favorite Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills quarterback, and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes at multiple sportsbooks.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Hurts at +800, Mahomes +450 and Allen +300. FanDuel has Hurts +1000, Mahomes +460 and Allen +340. DraftKings goes Hurts (+800), Mahomes (+500) and Allen (+350).

Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers is fourth at all three books and Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens No. 5.

A different QB is listed No. 6 at all three books: Aaron Rodgers (+1700, FanDuel), Tua Tagovailoa (+1800, Caesars) and Russell Wilson (+2000, DraftKings).

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp is the first non-QB listed in MVP futures at FanDuel (+7500) and DraftKings (+6500), but Caesars has Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson and Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor even at +6000.

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Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) dives for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jefferson movin’ on up MVP odds

Justin Jefferson is behind 15 quarterbacks in the latest MVP odds released by Caesars Sportsbook, climbing more than a dozen spots after a massive Week 1 effort for the Minnesota Vikings.

Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs (+500) jumped Bills quarterback Josh Allen (+550) at Caesars on the back of his five TD passes in a win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Jefferson caught nine passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota and now stands even with Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and Titans running back Derrick Henry in the MVP futures odds reset — all three are +6000. A pair of Colts — Matt Ryan and Jonathan Taylor — are also at +6000.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert nudged ahead of Tom Brady (+1200) and is now +700 at Caesars. Brady led the Buccaneers to a win at Dallas but lost ground to Herbert and saw the gap shrink behind him. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is fifth (+1400).

Jefferson is first in Offensive Player of the Year futures at DraftKings. At +650 he’s tied with Colts running back Taylor and well ahead of Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (+1300), Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (+1400), 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (+1400) and Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (+1400).

At +6500 via DraftKings, Jefferson’s MVP odds didn’t see a boost after Sunday’s Week 1 slate. Allen (+500) remains ahead of Mahomes, Herbert, Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Henry is the first non-QB listed at +5000 and 17th overall behind the likes of Justin Fields (Bears, +4000) and Trey Lance (49ers, +4000).

CAESARS SPORTSBOOK MVP ODDS (9/12/2022)
Patrick Mahomes, +500
Josh Allen, +550
Justin Herbert, +700
Tom Brady, +1200
Jalen Hurts, +1400
Russell Wilson, +1500
Lamar Jackson, +1500
Joe Burrow, +1600
Aaron Rodgers, +1600
Kirk Cousins, +2200
Kyler Murray, +2500
Matthew Stafford, +3000
Derek Carr, +3500
Trey Lance, +4000
Tua Tagovailoa, +4000
Justin Jefferson, +6000
Jameis Winston, +6000
Derrick Henry, +6000
Matt Ryan, +6000
Jonathan Taylor, +6000

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Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Bettors buying Russell Wilson reboot with MVP wagers

Bettors are banking on Russell Wilson 2.0.

The new Denver Broncos quarterback is garnering massive support in NFL Most Valuable Player futures to the tune of 18.9 percent of the total handle at BetMGM and 18.7 percent of all MVP tickets at the sportsbook.

Wilson, at +1400 currently tied for eighth on the board, easily represents the biggest liability at BetMGM, which has the Broncos at +1600 to win the Super Bowl and +300 to start the season 4-0.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen is the MVP favorite at FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM (+700).

Denver acquired Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in March. You can get +10000 odds on the Broncos running the table in the regular season (17-0 record) at BetMGM.

Wilson is listed eighth in FanDuel’s MVP futures market at +1400, behind Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and ahead of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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Jun 14, 2022; Costa Mesa, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) during minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Public backing Chargers QB Justin Herbert for 2022 MVP

Most sportsbooks have installed Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen as the favorite to take home MVP honors during the 2022 NFL season. But the betting public is enamored with a different passer, as the Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert has been the heaviest bet so far.

BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com report that Herbert (+900) has taken on the most bets (19.9 percent handle, 12.6 percent tickets) and that he is backed almost twice as much as Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals (+1200), who ranks second (9.9 percent money, 6.7 percent tickets).

Allen (+700) is the third-most backed player for the award (8.7 percent money, 8.5 percent tickets).

DraftKings, who also listed Allen as the favorite at +700, has Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady listed with the second-best odds at +800 and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes third at +900.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the man who won the award in 2021 — the fourth time he had won MVP — is listed at +1000.

But those three — Brady, Mahomes and Rodgers — trail players such as Jalen Hurts (+3300) and Justin Fields (+10000) in the early betting. Hurts is getting 6.9 percent of the money and Fields is getting 5.3 percent of the tickets.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, the top non-quarterbacks listed, are both +5000 with DraftKings.

Taylor, last season’s leading rusher, has the highest percentage of bets with BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com among non-quarterbacks (2.5 percent). Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (+5000) has seen 2.3 percent of the money, the most among non-quarterbacks.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) celebrates after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cooper Kupp caps record-breaking year with Super Bowl MVP award

Cooper Kupp struggled to put his feelings into words as he looked out over a confetti-covered field Sunday night in Inglewood, Calif.

Moments earlier, Kupp had been named MVP of Super Bowl LVI. He caught eight passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter, as the Rams rallied for a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals to win their first title in Los Angeles.

It marked the best moment of an early but already exhilarating career for Kupp, 28, who entered the league in 2017 as a relatively anonymous wideout from Eastern Washington.

“I don’t feel deserving of this,” Kupp said. “God is just so good.”

Kupp shined throughout the season, finishing with a career-high 145 catches for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns. He led the league in all three categories, earning him the fourth-ever receiving “triple crown.” He averaged 13.4 yards per catch, 114.5 yards per game and converted a whopping 89 first downs in 17 games.

As the Super Bowl started, however, it appeared that Odell Beckham Jr. would take center stage as the Rams’ top receiver. He quickly amassed two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown and seemed to be headed for a big performance against the Bengals’ secondary.

A knee injury to Beckham in the second quarter thinned out the Rams receiving corps — and prompted Los Angeles to turn more toward Kupp, even though the Bengals paid close attention to him throughout the contest.

That was never more evident than the Rams’ final drive, when Kupp hauled in four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown despite tight coverage.

“I’m just so thankful for everyone that’s been in my life, that’s pushed me, that’s encouraged me every step of the way,” Kupp said. “These guys that are standing out here, they challenged me, they pushed me, they made it so much fun to come to work every day.”

Kupp set an NFL record for the most catches during a single postseason with 33. He also joined Larry Fitzgerald in 2008 as the only wideouts to catch a touchdown pass in four games during the same postseason.

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Oct 31, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass the ball against New Orleans Saints during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Idle Tom Brady pulls even with Josh Allen in MVP race

Tom Brady came out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 9 bye as the co-MVP favorite after his closest competitors endured a damaging week.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was the +250 favorite last week, but he turned the ball over three times while leading the offense to only six points in a stunning loss at Jacksonville. His odds lengthened to +350 at BetMGM and DraftKings, as Allen and Brady are now the co-favorites at both sportsbooks.

Brady is also leading the way with 22 percent of the money at DraftKings backing him to win his fourth MVP award.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray is +500 at BetMGM and +750 at DraftKings after sitting out the Cardinals’ rout of the San Francisco 49ers due to an ankle injury. Matthew Stafford (+750, +800) saw his odds lengthen following the Rams’ lopsided home loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Dak Prescott’s odds also took a hit — from +700 to +900 at BetMGM and from +650 to +1200 at DraftKings — after the Dallas Cowboys had to rally late to avoid a shutout during a loss to the Denver Broncos.

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t even on the field for the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19. Combined with the fallout from his explanation for not being vaccinated, and Rodgers’ MVP odds also slipped to +900 and +1200, respectively.

However, Rodgers, the reigning MVP, continues to be the most-backed candidate at DraftKings with 17 percent of the bets since the market opened. He’s also responsible for 10 percent of the money wagered at the book.

Another quarterback on the rise this week also hasn’t taken a snap in weeks. The news that Russell Wilson has been medically cleared to return for the Seattle Seahawks’ Week 10 game at Green Bay resulted in his MVP odds shortening from +25000 to +10000 at DraftKings.

Cincinnati wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase remains the -140 favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, with New England quarterback Mac Jones (+350) his closest competitor.

Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons is coming off a 2.5-sack performance against Denver. He also has 21 tackles, including 7.0 for losses, in his past two games, resulting in his Defensive Rookie of the Year odds shortening from +600 to -120.

Parson has overtaken Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II, who moved from +500 last week to +1000 along with Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jayson Oweh.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen’s MVP odds continue to strengthen

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has put a little more distance between himself and his closest competition for NFL MVP honors.

Allen is now the +250 favorite at several sportsbooks. At BetMGM, the next shortest odds belong to fellow quarterbacks Tom Brady (+400), Kyler Murray (+500) and Matthew Stafford (+600).

The trio are each being offered at +600 at DraftKings.

The Bills hold a 1 1/2-game lead in the AFC East over the New England Patriots, with Allen leading the way 17 touchdowns against only three interceptions while throwing for 1,972 yards. That includes 249 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no picks in Buffalo’s thrashing of Miami last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Brady and Murray are coming off losses — the second of the season for Tampa Bay and the first for Murray’s Arizona Cardinals. Brady still leads the way at DraftKings with 17 percent of the MVP handle backing the Buccaneers’ quarterback, while Stafford is now second with 13 percent, ahead of Allen and Murray at 11 percent each.

Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers opened the season at +1200 and has seen his odds steadily shorten to +800 this week with Green Bay riding a seven-game winning streak. He has been backed by 17 percent of the total bets at DraftKings, well ahead of Allen at 11 percent and Brady and Stafford at 10 percent each.

Dallas’ Dak Prescott still has shorter odds both books — +650 at DraftKings and +700 at BetMGM — despite missing last week’s win over Minnesota.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry remains +4000 at DraftKings despite foot surgery that will sideline him until the playoffs, if not for the season. He has been taken off the MVP market at BetMGM, where the top non-quarterback now is Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp at +10000.

–Field Level Media

Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) meets Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) at mid-field after a game at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson boost MVP odds

Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson are the big movers in the NFL MVP race after sterling Week 5 performances.

Oddsmakers slashed Jackson’s odds in half — from +2500 to +1200 at DraftKings — in a span of a few hours on Monday. Jackson delivered a game-winning touchdown and threw four TDs to lift the Baltimore Ravens over the Indianapolis Colts in overtime on “Monday Night Football.”

Jackson has more total yards this season than half of the NFL’s teams.

One of them is not the Buffalo Bills, with Allen at quarterback accounting for 14 total touchdowns (two rushing) this season. Allen had three TD passes at Kansas City in Buffalo’s primetime takedown of the Chiefs on Sunday night.

He’s now the betting favorite at most sportsbooks at +450 (FanDuel), a marginal stride ahead of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (+500).

At BetMGM, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is +650 and third overall behind Allen and Murray.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers and Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL leader in passing yards, are tied at +600 at DraftKings. At FanDuel, Brady is +800 and Herbert +600.

Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is +900 at FanDuel, even with Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and ahead of Jackson (+1200) and Patrick Mahomes (+1500).

NFL leading rusher Derrick Henry of the Titans hasn’t received the same bump after big performances. He’s even with Browns running back Nick Chubb, who is second in the NFL in rushing, at +8000 odds at FanDuel. Henry is +4000 for MVP at BetMGM.

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Oct 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) moves out to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Kyler Murray takes over as consensus NFL MVP favorite

The Arizona Cardinals are the lone remaining unbeaten team through four weeks of the NFL season, and the man who has led them to that 4-0 record is now the consensus favorite to win league MVP honors.

Kyler Murray had ascended the list of contenders at sportsbooks through a hot September, but now he owns the shortest odds at major sportsbooks after leading a 37-20 upset of the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Murray finished 24-of-32 passing for 268 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Rams’ typically stout defense. He is third in the league with 1,273 passing yards with nine touchdowns against four interceptions.

Installed before the season at +2500 by BetMGM, Murray is now the +500 MVP favorite at the sportsbook. He is followed by another rapidly rising quarterback in Buffalo’s Josh Allen, who has moved from +1600 to +650 in leading the Bills to a 3-1 start.

Both have passed preseason favorite Patrick Mahomes, who still has the third-shortest odds at +750 in guiding Kansas City to a 2-2 start. Just behind him is Chargers second-year star Justin Herbert, who has rocketed from +2200 to +800.

Murray has even shorter odds at DraftKings, where he is the +450 favorite ahead of Mahomes (+650), Allen (+700) and Herbert (+750). Murray is +475 ahead of Mahomes (+550) at PointsBet, where Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady has the third-shortest odds at +800.

It still remains a wide open race with three-quarters of the regular season remaining.

Brady had been among the top three favorites just two weeks ago when the Bucs were 2-0. A loss to the Rams followed by a narrow win at New England resulted in Brady’s odds lengthening to +1000 at BetMGM along with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Dallas’ Dak Prescott.

Meanwhile, DraftKings is offering Prescott at +800, Rodgers at +1000 and Brady at +1400 with Matthew Stafford, who was among the favorites before the Rams’ offense scuffled in the loss to Arizona.

The top non-quarterback remains Tennessee running back Derrick Henry, who is a +5000 longshot at BetMGM and PointsBet and has even longer odds at +10000 at DraftKings.

BetMGM Insights
Line movement (Open, Current)
–Kyler Murray +2500 to +500
–Josh Allen +1600 to +650
–Justin Herbert +2200 to +800

Highest Ticket%
–Kyler Murray 16.1%
–Matthew Stafford 15.3%
–Josh Allen 11.9%

Highest Handle%
–Kyler Murray 18.2%
–Matthew Stafford 13.1%
–Tom Brady 13.0%

Biggest Liabilities
–Kyler Murray
–Matthew Stafford
–Josh Allen

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Sep 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Justin Jones (93) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes’ MVP odds take hit; Josh Allen rises

Patrick Mahomes’ NFL MVP odds took a hit following his two-interception performance in Kansas City’s loss on Sunday that dropped the Chiefs to 1-2.

Mahomes was the +500 favorite entering Week 3 but saw those odds lengthen to +600 at PointsBet on Monday. They slipped even further later in the day, with the Chiefs’ quarterback now the co-favorite at +700 with Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray is now the +750 betting favorite at DraftKings, followed by Mahomes and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford at +800.

Stafford also saw his MVP odds shorten from +1000 to +800 at PointsBet after guiding the Rams past the Bucs on Sunday and to a 3-0 record to start the season. He is the co-third favorite at the book along with Murray.

The biggest move of Week 3 belongs to Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen, who is now being offered at +900 by PointsBet after entering the weekend at +1400. The Bills are 2-1 following a rout of the Washington Football Team, and Allen has now pulled event at DraftKings at +1000 along with Brady and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Mahomes entered the season as the MVP favorite and he remained in that role while throwing six touchdowns against one interception through Kansas City’s 1-1 start. However, he threw a pair of picks in Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Chargers.

The Chiefs are still the AFC West favorites at PointsBet despite being 1-2, although their odds have moved from -225 before Sunday’s game to -125. The undefeated Denver Broncos are being offered at +350, followed by the Chargers (+500) and the Las Vegas Raiders (+525).

The AFC West has begun the season a combined 9-3, with the Chiefs owning two of those losses and the Chargers one.

The Chiefs entered Sunday at +525 to win the Super Bowl and also saw those odds lengthen a bit to +600 on Monday.

“We are who we are right now because of the turnovers,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said Monday. “We’re a 1-2 team, and so we have to correct everything, make sure we get back on track and getting this thing going in the right direction moving forward.”

–Field Level Media