Sep 24, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) drops back to pass against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Sportsbooks place Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa back atop MVP race

Tua Tagovailoa ended Week 3 of the 2023 season with precisely the same standing he had the season before: red-hot and running ahead of the competition in NFL MVP futures odds.

Tagovailoa is +325 to win MVP this season at BetMGM and +350 at FanDuel after his Miami Dolphins put up 70 points in a 50-point win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The effort pushed Tagovailoa ahead of reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes (+440 at FanDuel, +550 at BetMGM) and Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Allen (+750 at FanDuel, +800 at BetMGM) and Tagovailoa face off Sunday in Buffalo for the first of two scheduled meetings this season.

Thanks to six TD passes in Week 2 at Baltimore and a win over the Bills the following week, Tagovailoa jumped to the top of the MVP futures market entering Week 4 last season as well.

His numbers one year ago are identical to his start this season: 3-0 record, eight TD passes, completion percentage of 71.

The course of the season and Tagovailoa’s health took a turn for the worse in Week 4 last season. The Dolphins lost at Cincinnati, 27-15, and Tagovailoa left the game with a head injury. He missed the next two games and by the time he returned to form with three consecutive three-TD games from Oct. 30-Nov. 13, Mahomes’ MVP candidacy was nearing victory lap stages.

Tagovailoa has been sacked only once this season and he’s averaging a league-leading 10.14 yards per attempt.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) passes the ball during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa rising while Joe Burrow plummets

The first two weeks of the NFL season has shuffled the deck of Most Valuable Player contenders, with oddsmakers divided about who the current favorite is.

Tua Tagovailoa, who has steered the Miami Dolphins to one of only two 2-0 starts in the AFC, has seen the biggest jump at many sportsbooks. In fact, he now has the shortest odds at BetMGM (+500) and DraftKings (+600) ahead of two-time and reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes at +650 and +700, respectively.

Tagovailoa continues to blossom in his fourth season, throwing for 715 yards with four touchdowns against a pair of interceptions. However, he has yet to play more than 13 games in a season and must show he can avoid significant injuries to remain in the hunt.

While his MVP odds have shortened from +2000 to +900 at Circa Sports, Tagovailoa still shares just the fourth-shortest odds at the book. Mahomes, who led Kansas City to a win over Jacksonville after an opening loss to Detroit, remains the favorite at Circa at +500.

They are followed by Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts (+800) and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson (+950).

Meanwhile, the biggest faller has been Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow, who has moved from being the second favorite at +575 entering the season to +1300. The Bengals are 0-2 and Burrow is dealing with a calf injury he first suffered in training camp and aggravated in Sunday’s loss to Baltimore.

Through two games, he’s 28th in the NFL in passing yards (310) and has one completion longer than 20 yards, a 32-yarder to running back Joe Mixon. Burrow is averaging 4.22 yards per pass attempt, down from 7.38 last season and 8.87 in 2021.

NFL MVP ODDS (Circa Sports)
–Patrick Mahomes (+500)
–Jalen Hurts (+800)
–Lamar Jackson (+850)
–Josh Allen (+900)
–Tua Tagovailoa (+900)
–Justin Herbert (+1200)
–Joe Burrow (+1300)
–Trevor Lawrence (+1300)
–Dak Prescott (+2000)

–Field Level Media

Aug 26, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts prior the first half against the Cleveland Browns at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs SB LVIII favorites; Patrick Mahomes for MVP

The Kansas City Chiefs begin the defense of their second Super Bowl title in four years on Thursday night, and they do so as the favorites to claim the Lombardi Trophy again come February.

The Chiefs are consensus +600 Super Bowl favorites to open the 2023 season, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes the favorite to claim his third NFL Most Valuable Player award.

Kansas City defeated Philadelphia in a dramatic 38-35 win in Super Bowl LVII seven months ago, and it’s the Eagles who begin this season as the Chiefs’ closest rivals at sportsbooks. That includes Philadelphia being offered at +650 to win the Super Bowl by DraftKings, +750 by BetRivers and +800 by BetMGM.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills are being offered at +900 by all three sportsbooks. The San Francisco 49ers are also +900 at BetRivers, while they are at +1000 at the other two.

BetRivers reported the Chiefs have been backed by the most money to win Super Bowl LVIII at 12.7 percent, while the Eagles lead the way with 15.2 percent of the total bets backing Philadelphia.

The Eagles opened at +900 at BetMGM but have seen their odds shorten to +800 with the public backing them with 9.1 percent of the total Super Bowl winner bets and 9.2 percent of the money — both among the top three at the book. However, that does not put Philadelphia among the book’s three biggest Super Bowl liabilities.

Those honors belong to Pittsburgh, Dallas and Detroit. The Steelers have drawn 4.3 percent of the money and are current +6600 longshots at BetMGM. The Cowboys have much shorter odds at +1500 and have been backed by 8.8 percent of the money. The Lions, who play at the Chiefs on Thursday night, have seen their odds shift since opening at +2500 and are being supported by 6.3 percent of the money.

Cincinnati, which opens at +1100, leads all teams with 9.4 percent of the total bets. The Bengals have also been popular at BetRivers, where they have drawn 10.2 percent of the Super Bowl bets and 8.8 percent of the money.

Mahomes, who will turn 28 on Sept. 17, won the MVP award in 2018 in addition to last year.

He is the +600 favorite by DraftKings to claim No. 3 this season, followed by the Bengals’ Joe Burrow (+750), the Bills’ Josh Allen (+850) and the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts (+1100) in a market dominated by quarterbacks. The shortest odds at the book for a non-QB belong to 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey and Vikings wide receiver Jordan Jefferson at +8000.

Mahomes is also +600 at BetMGM, followed by Allen and Burrow at +800 and Hurts at +1100. However, it’s Hurts who leads the way with 16.4 percent of the total MVP bets made, while Burrow is tops with 14.5 percent of the money backing him. That’s compared to Mahomes at 10.9 and 13.5 percent, respectively.

Hurts is also the biggest liability at BetMGM, where he leads with 16.5 percent of the total bets at +1100 — up a tick since opening at +1000.

On the opposite end of the spectrum sit the Arizona Cardinals, who have the longest Super Bowl odds at all three books — +25000 at BetRivers and +40000 at BetMGM and DraftKings.

Arizona winning fewer than five games has been one of the most popular future props at BetRivers, drawing 4.1 percent of the money wagered on the Team Win Totals market. It’s the only “under” among the top five.

Circa Sports took the Cardinals’ plight entering the 2023 season a step further.

The book is offering odds on whether the Cardinals will go winless across their 17-game schedule. “Yes” is being offered at +2200, while Arizona winning at least one game this season carries -3800 odds.

Circa is also offering a prop on which division the Super Bowl LVIII champion will come from.

–NFC East +390
–AFC North +425
–AFC West +450
–AFC East +450
–NFC West +510
–NFC North +790
–NFC South +1675
–AFC South +2100

–Field Level Media

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes: ‘It took everybody to win’

It was hardly Patrick Mahomes’ most sparkling night statistically.

In fact, the opposing team’s quarterback set a Super Bowl record and tied another.

Yet faced with a 10-point halftime deficit, with a right ankle injury still lingering, Mahomes guided the Chiefs on a comeback to win Super Bowl LVII 38-35 over the Philadelphia Eagles and stamped his name into NFL lore as one of the all-time greats.

In just his fifth season as a starter, Mahomes became the 13th starting quarterback to win multiple Super Bowls, and the 27-year-old megastar added his second Super Bowl MVP for his efforts.

Mahomes became the first player to win an NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP in the same season since Kurt Warner in 1999.

He finished the game 21-of-27 passing for 182 yards and three touchdowns. It marked the fewest passing yards for a quarterback who received Super Bowl MVP honors since Tom Brady threw just 145 in his Super Bowl debut in the 2001 season.

But in that second-half rally — shortly after he came up limping on the Chiefs’ final offensive play of the first half — Mahomes was surgical, completing 13 of 14 passes, the lone incompletion being a throw-away.

Mahomes added six carries for 44 yards, including the 26-yard scramble up the middle with less than three minutes remaining that got the Chiefs to the Philadelphia 17 and helped set up Harrison Butker’s game-winning field goal.

Mahomes sustained a high ankle sprain against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their Jan. 21 AFC divisional round game and seemed to reinjure the ankle when tackled while scrambling with 1:33 remaining in the first half. He was seen limping when jogging off the field at halftime.

The limp was gone during the second half, the injury barely a memory.

“I told y’all this week, there was nothing that was gonna keep me off that football field,” Mahomes said upon accepting the award.

“I just want to shout out my teammates, man. We challenged each other. It took everybody to win this football game.”

Teammates like Nick Bolton, the middle linebacker who led Kansas City with nine tackles and scored on a 36-yard fumble return in the second quarter. Or Kadarius Toney, who not only caught a wide-open touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Chiefs their first lead, but then returned a punt a Super Bowl-record 65 yards to give Mahomes the shortest of short fields to work with on the next possession, just five yards.

Had the game swung the Eagles’ way, Jalen Hurts would have been the obvious pick for MVP. The do-everything quarterback ran in three TDs, tying Denver Broncos legend Terrell Davis for the Super Bowl record, and set a Super Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 70. He went 27-for-38 passing for 304 yards and a 45-yard touchdown bomb to A.J. Brown that multiple Chiefs defensive backs couldn’t defend.

Mahomes had high praise for his counterpart after the game.

“If there was any doubters left, there shouldn’t be now,” Mahomes said of Hurts. “I mean, the way he stepped up on this stage and ran, threw the ball, whatever it took for his team to win. That was a special performance that I don’t want it to get lost in the loss that they had.

“It was a special performance by him, man. You make sure you appreciate that when you look back on this game.”

In just five seasons as a starter, Mahomes improved his career playoff record to 11-3, and he finished the 2022 postseason a neat 72-for-100 for 703 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.

He also won the MVP award of Super Bowl LIV, when his Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers as he went for 286 passing yards, two touchdowns and a rushing score.

It’s still the early stages of what’s turning out to be a special career.

“He strives to be the greatest,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Without saying anything, that’s the way he works. He wants to be the greatest player ever. That’s what he wants to do and that’s the way he goes about his business. And he does it humbly, there’s no bragging.

“The great quarterbacks make everybody around him better, including the head coach. So he’s done a heck of a job.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) dives for the end zone as New York Giants cornerback Adoree' Jackson (22) defends during the first quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The call on the field was a touchdown but was changed after review. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Honors: Patrick Mahomes wins MVP for second time

Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes claimed his second NFL MVP Award on Thursday while the Chiefs focus on their bid for the league’s most coveted prize in Super Bowl LVII.

Mahomes was recognized in the primetime NFL awards show at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, where football dignitaries gathered to hand out awards for the best of the 2022 season and witness the coronation of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Justin Jefferson, an All-Pro wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings in each of his first three NFL seasons, earned Offensive Player of the Year. Another unanimous All-Pro pick, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, picked up Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Mahomes led the NFL with 41 touchdown passes and has the Chiefs (16-3) back in the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons. Kansas City will oppose another MVP finalist, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, in its quest for another Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night.

The lopsided voting for MVP saw Mahomes receive 48 of the 50 first-place votes. Hurts and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen each received one first-place vote.

Mahomes was named MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2018, then earned MVP of Super Bowl LIV following the 2019 season.

Jefferson, a unanimous All-Pro selection this season after posting league highs of 128 catches for 1,809 receiving yards, was honored ahead of quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes and wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

Jefferson thanked his brothers, saying, “I mean, y’all made me who I am. You were all so hard on me. All the times I cried at home. You’re the reason I’m tough. I appreciate ya.”

That toughness contributed to Jefferson having a league-leading 28 receptions of 20-plus yards in 2022 and accounting for 28.3 percent of the Vikings’ total yards from scrimmage. He also led the NFL with 27 first-down receptions on third or fourth down.

Bosa was honored for his stellar 2022 production in 16 regular-season games: an NFL-best 18.5 sacks and 48 quarterback hits.

“To the No. 1 defense in the league, shout out,” Bosa said. “All my guys, you make my job a lot easier. It’s a team sport, I just do my job.

“If I’ve learned one thing in life, whatever end goal you have in life, it’s not going to be a smooth path. There’s going to be times when you’re questioning yourself. If you stay the course and you believe in yourself, there is going to be a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Other finalists for the award were Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones and Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons.

Defensive Rookie of the Year recognition went to New York Jets cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. The first rookie to earn first-team All-Pro since Ronnie Lott in 1981, Gardner led the league with 20 passes defensed. He allowed one touchdown — in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns — in 17 games.

After thanking his family, Gardner added, “I gotta thank Detroit. The east side of Detroit, man, seven miles. It was hard growing up, man, it really was. The neighborhood I stayed in, there was a lot of violence going on. But that was just adversity. That’s what it took for me to get here.”

The other finalists were Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen.

The Jets also picked up the rookie award on the other side of the ball, when wide receiver Garrett Wilson was tabbed the Defensive Rookie of the year. Wilson amassed 1,103 yards and four touchdowns on 83 receptions.

Other finalists were 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy and Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III.

A longtime NFL backup, Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith was voted Comeback Player of the Year. A starter for the first time since his second NFL season in 2014, Smith pushed Seattle into the playoffs.

He was named to his first Pro Bowl, led the NFL with a 69.8 completion percentage and posted career-highs with 4,282 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. Other finalists were Giants running back Saquon Barkley and a 49ers midseason acquisition, running back Christian McCaffrey.

First-year New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll, who was the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2020 with the Bills, now has another trophy.

Daboll was voted NFL Coach of the Year for his turnaround of the Giants from 4-13 to a wild-card berth and playoff victory. The Giants went 9-7-1 in the regular season, their best mark since 2016 (11-5).

Other finalists were Sean McDermott of the Bills, Doug Pederson of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kyle Shanahan of the 49ers and Nick Sirianni of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Other awards, including the league MVP and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, were to be announced later Thursday.

–Field Level Media

Dec 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) reacts to his catch during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jefferson, four QBs are finalists for MVP award

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson joins four quarterbacks as the finalists, announced Wednesday, for the Associated Press 2022 NFL Most Valuable Player award.

Three of the QBs are battling for Super Bowl LVII berths on Sunday, with Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles and Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals joining 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills is also a finalist.

Jefferson led the NFL with 128 catches and 1,809 receiving yards in his third season. The unanimous first-team All-Pro is trying to become the first wideout ever to win AP MVP honors, presented annually since 1957.

Quarterbacks have swept the last nine MVP awards and 14 of the last 15, with Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers taking home his third and fourth MVP trophies in 2020 and 2021.

Jefferson, Hurts and Mahomes are also finalists for Offensive Player of the Year.

The Defensive Player of the Year finalists are the San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa, the Chiefs’ Chris Jones and Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys.

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants, Christian McCaffrey of the 49ers and Geno Smith of the Seattle Seahawks are up for Comeback Player of the Year.

The Giants’ Brian Daboll, the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan and Doug Pederson of the Jacksonville Jaguars are the finalists for Coach of the Year.

The Offensive Rookie of the Year finalists are Brock Purdy of the 49ers, Kenneth Walker of the Seahawks and Garrett Wilson of the New York Jets.

Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner of the Jets, Aidan Hutchinson of the Detroit Lions and Seattle’s Tariq Woolen are the Defensive Rookie of the Year finalists.

Up for Assistant Coach of the Year are Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and Lions OC Ben Johnson.

The winners will be announced at the NFL Honors event on Feb. 9.

A nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league completed the voting before the start of the playoffs.

This was the first year for the AP’s new voting system. Voters chose a top five for MVP and a top three for all other awards. For MVP, first-place were worth 10 points. Second through fifth-place votes were worth five, three, two and one points.

For all the other awards, first-place votes equaled five points, second were three points and third were one point.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

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).

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

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

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. and 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 and 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.

–Field Level Media