Patriots defensive end #9 Matthew Judon tries to run down Ravens QB Lamar Jackson in the 1st quarter.

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2022 NFL MVP futures lean Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts

Lamar Jackson leads the NFL in touchdown passes, passer rating and is fourth in rushing, the type of stuff MVP seasons are built upon.

Betting on himself in contract negotiations with the Baltimore Ravens, Jackson has plenty of others betting on him, too.

Jackson closed the gap in MVP futures betting to +700 (FanDuel), behind only Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs (+600, FanDuel) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (+300).

There’s another QB in the picture: Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is also +700 (FanDuel) for the undefeated Eagles.

Jackson pushed the Ravens past the New England Patriots in a 37-26 shootout on the heels of a 42-38 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. Credit Jackson for keeping the Ravens rolling while the defense hasn’t been up to typical standards.

He had a double-triple — more than 100 yards rushing and passing — for the 14th game in his career.

In three games, Jackson has 10 TD passes and a rating of 119.0. After rushing for 119 yards and a score against Miami, he added 107 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Patriots. Jackson, who won the 2019 MVP award, is averaging 9.3 yards per carry this season.

DraftKings bumped Hurts (+600) ahead of Jackson (+700), who is even with Mahomes. Allen is the DK favorite for MVP at +300. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is No. 5 on their list at +1400.

Hurts and Jackson are tied at +700 at Caesars Sportsbook behind Mahomes +550 and Allen +300. Tagovailoa is +1400 at Caesars followed by Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (+1600) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (+1800).

Week 1 darling Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings has settled at +6000 at Caesars and +7500 at FanDuel, the same odds available for Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and Colts quarterback Matt Ryan.

–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

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.

–Field Level Media

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) passes the football against Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Michael Danna (51) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Bets piling up on 49ers QB Trey Lance for NFL MVP

Trey Lance is the No. 2 quarterback on the San Francisco 49ers’ roster entering the weekend. BetMGM clearly expects his standing to change and recently trimmed his MVP odds by more than half.

Lance opened at +30000 at BetMGM and started the week at +12500. For reference, that’s the same zip code Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald resides at the moment. Donald is +12500, down from +20000.

BetMGM said one large bet landed on Donald when his odds were +20000. That $500 wager would net a winning ticket of $100,000.

Lance currently sits as one of the largest financial liabilities the book has in the NFL futures market. Two other quarterbacks — Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers and Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns — are the other large liabilities for BetMGM.

The 49ers selected Lance third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft but head coach Kyle Shanahan has insisted Jimmy Garoppolo will start for San Francisco. Garoppolo is +10000 to win MVP at BetMGM.

Lance has even better odds to win MVP at other books. For example, he’s +7500 at FanDuel, even with Garoppolo.

Mayfield opened at +4000 and is now +3500.

As of Tuesday, bets on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen to win MVP totaled 10.4 percent of all 2021 MVP bets at BetMGM. Herbert was the next-highest handle in the NFL MVP market at nine percent. Allen is even with Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +1400.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains the unanimous favorite at U.S. sportsbooks. At BetMGM, he’s +600 and 8.5 percent of bets placed at BetMGM on MVP candidates are on the Kansas City star.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the second favorite at +1100.

–Field Level Media