Greeting football fans. Welcome back to our weekly discussion about the players in the running for the NFL MVP award. A week ago, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, and Russell Wilson rounded out this list. This past week, Mahomes helped guide KC to its fifth win on the season. Aaron Rodgers had one of the worst outings of his career while Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks had a bye week.
Did this result in a small shift in how these players rank? Of course, it did. Here’s the updated list of the odds-on favorite to win the MVP award based upon how they played in Week 6.
Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Aaron Rodgers (+600). Last Week (+300)
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were riding a wave of momentum into their Week 6 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After jumping out to an early 10-0 lead, the wheels fell off the wagon as the saying goes.
Tampa Bay reeled off 38 consecutive points en route to an impressive 38-10 over the Packers. Rodgers had the worst outing of the season, completing 16 of 35 passes for a paltry 160 yards and two interceptions. Furthermore, Rodgers was sacked four times, which is significant considering Green Bay had allowed a combined total of three sacks through the teams first four games.
Make no mistake, this was a horrible outing by Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. However, because Green Bay has one of the best offenses in the NFL, look for Rodgers to get back on track in Week 7.
Second-Best NVL MVP Odds: Patrick Mahomes (+400). Last Week (+600)
Patrick Mahomes was at the bottom of this list last week but has returned to the No. 2 spot this week. Following an outing against the Las Vegas Raiders in which he completed just 51 percent of his passes, Mahomes was more efficient in the team’s 26-17 win over the Bills in Week 6.
In that contest, he was 21 of 26 for 225 yards to go along with a pair of touchdowns. On top of that, Mahomes has now recorded 15 touchdown passes and just one interception on the season. Despite opposing teams doing their best to take the long pass plays away, Mahomes and the Chiefs keep finding ways to win games.
Best NFL MVP Odds: Russell Wilson (-125). Last Week (+175)
For the fourth straight week, Russell Wilson comes in as the odds-on favorite to win the NFL MVP award. Ironically, his odds increased from last week even though his team had the week off. To refresh your memory, the last time we saw Mr. Wilson on the field, he was leading his team on a game-winning 94-yard drive to upend the Minnesota Vikings by a final score of 27-26.
In that outing, Wilson completed 20 of 32 passes for 217 yards. While this was his lowest passing total of the season, he also had three touchdowns, increasing his overall total to 19. Furthermore, Wilson also rushed for 58 yards on five carries, thus proving that he can still be a dual-threat quarterback when it’s needed.