Okay, BetUS NFL sportsbook nation, the 2020 NFL regular season may not have reached its official halfway point but talk about the league’s MVP race is heating up. Now, as we head further into the season and the league’s MVP race takes shape, several questions beg to be asked.
Will one of the current top NFL betting favorites like Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers continue their impressive campaigns? Could one of the slightly lesser contenders like Ryan Tannehill or Ben Roethlisberger, catch and surpass either of the aforementioned superstars? Will a longshot MVP hopeful like Kyler Murray surpass all of the favorites and top contenders to bag this coveted MVP trophy?
If you’re an NFL betting enthusiast, then you should know that even heading into the upcoming week of action, you could potentially cash in big by nailing this fun-filled NFL MVP futures odds wager. Now, with Week 7 NFL Odds on the board, let’s find out what’s going on with almost every 2020 MVP pick on the board.
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The Cream of the Crop | 2020 MVP Futures
Russell Wilson -130
Wilson had a modest 217-yard passing day in Week 5, but still managed to toss three touchdowns to bring his season total to a league-high 19. Seattle’s franchise signal-caller has a league-high passer rating of 129.8 and ranks second, only to Derek Carr in completion percentage (72.8).
Wilson has run 23 times for 153 yards and while he hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown yet, 10 of his carries have resulted in first downs. The Seahawks are off to a 5-0 start and Wilson has undeniably been the main reason why.
Derrick Henry +6000
After leading the NFL in rushing a year ago, Derrick Henry is one of – if not – the main driving force behind Tennessee’s 5-0 start. Now, heading into Week 7, Henry leads the league in rushing with 588 yards. Henry was at his overpowering best in the Titans’ thrilling 42-36 overtime win over Houston on Sunday.
The former Alabama star rushed for 212 yards and two scores while adding a pair of catches for 52 yards. Henry threw in a highlight-reel worthy 94-yard touchdown run for good measure and finished off Tennessee’s win with a direct snap scoring run. I know a non-quarterback has only won this award twice since 2006 and not since 2012, but Henry has a shot
Ryan Tannehill +3000
The Titans are one of three unbeaten teams and Ryan Tannehill has been a big reason. The veteran quarterback is completing a stellar 69.9% of his passes and has thrown 11 TD passes and only two interceptions. Tannehill has a passer rating of 113.5 that ranks third, only to Carr and Wilson.
Patrick Mahomes +400
The 2018 league and reigning Super Bowl MVP has been fantastic in throwing 13 TD passes and only one interception. Mahomes ranks eighth in quarterback rating (107.3) and is completing 63.7% of his passes. Mahomes’ only blemish is Kansas City’s 40-32 loss against Las Vegas in which he threw a costly interception.
Ben Roethlisberger +2000
Maybe it’s me sports betting enthusiasts, but I’m stunned that no one is mentioning Ben Roethlisberger as a top MVP candidate. Now in his 17th season, Roethlisberger has Pittsburgh off to a 5-0 start. More importantly, the future Hall of Famer has gotten the job done by completing 69.1% of his passes while throwing 11 touchdowns and only one interception. Roethlisberger ranks sixth in quarterback rating.
Aaron Rodgers +550
Rodgers has completed 65.5% of his passes while throwing 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. The Packers’ franchise superstar is ranked fifth in quarterback rating (109.7) but dropped a couple of spots for me because of his ugly, 160-yard, two-interceptions outing against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Lamar Jackson +1000
The reigning league MVP hasn’t been bad at all in throwing 10 TD passes and only two interceptions while completing 63% of his passes. Jackson added 346 rushing yards and a pair of scores, but is ranked a modest 14th in quarterback rating. Jackson also had an ugly 97-yard passing day in Baltimore’s 34-20 Week 3 loss against Kansas City.
Tom Brady +2500
While the now 43-year-old Brady is clearly not as good as he used to be, the sure-fire Hall of Famer has been impressive in his Buccaneers debut season. Brady has completed 64.1% of his passes while throwing 14 TD passes. Brady ranks 15th in quarterback rating and he’s thrown four interceptions while forgetting it was fourth down on one crucial play in Tampa Bay’s Week 5 loss at Chicago. Still, the Bucs are looking increasingly better each week and Brady has been rock-solid. time.
Kyler Murray +1600
The second-year quarterback in Arizona gets a bunch of publicity for his dual-threat skillset, but maybe not enough as a legitimate MVP contender. Murray has thrown just eight TD passes and has six interceptions while ranking an uninspiring 22nd in quarterback rating. Still, the top pick in the 2019 NFL draft has added 296 rushing yards and five scores while averaging a stellar 72 yards per carry. If Brady is a contender with his Bucs at 4-2, then Murray has to be one for a Cardinals team with an identical record.
I know a non-quarterback hasn’t won this award since 2012 and that only two defensive players in league history have claimed the league’s MVP honor. Still, I’ve got to weigh in on the incomparable Aaron Donald. The Rams’ superstar defensive tackle already has 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 19 tackles, Donald has 14 quarterback hits (ouch!) and six tackles for loss. Donald is the baddest and most disruptive defensive player in the game!
Drew Brees +8000
Brees has nine TD passes and three interceptions but the future Hall of Famer is also ranked an encouraging 10th in quarterback rating (102.7) and third in completion percentage (70.1). Make no mistake about it, Brees, who has been without top target Michael Thomas virtually all season, could go from contender to one of the top favorites in a hurry.
Deshaun Watson +8000
The only reason the gifted Watson is on my pretenders list is because Houston is 1-5 heading into Week 7. The reality though is that Watson is an undeniable star. He ranks seventh in quarterback rating (107.6). The former national championship winner at Clemson has thrown five interceptions, but he also has 13 TD passes while completing 68.5% of his passes.
Josh Allen +2000
Allen has been seriously impressive in completing 69.3% of his passes while throwing 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions. While Allen ranks fourth in quarterback rating (113.0), he also had a poor performance in throwing a pair of picks in Buffalo’s 41-26 Week 5 road loss at Tennessee. Yes, Allen has been a popular name in the MVP talk in the early going, but I don’t see the young signal-caller sustaining his early success, particularly against elite defenses.
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Jared Goff +8000
I still can’t get past Goff’s “deer-in-the-headlights” look against New England in the Super Bowl a couple of years ago.
Cam Newton +10000
Newton looked lost and confused in New England’s stunning Week 6 loss against mediocre Denver and that’s putting it mildly.
Baker Mayfield +8000
Clearly, Baker Mayfield is a good, but not great quarterback. Well, good might be stretching it too. Mayfield is 26th in quarterback rating (84.3) and has thrown six costly interceptions to virtually cancel out his 10 TD passes. Yeah, the Browns blew it – again.
While Elliott ranks ninth in rushing yards, he also leads the league in fumbles (4) and has only one carry for over 20 yards. Elliott wants to “be fed” but he doesn’t look hungry to me anymore.
It’s a damned shame Stafford is stuck in Detroit. That’s all I got. It’s all Detroit has, too.
I once loved Wentz, but I can not tell a lie. He’s regressing faster than LeBron James hairline.
I’m super-impressed with the No.1 overall pick. He has clearly looked the part of an NFL start so far. Still, Burrow is contending for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, not the league MVP.