Happy Hump Day football fans and welcome back to our weekly discussion about the NFL players in the running for the league MVP award. A week ago, our top three candidates included Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, and Russell Wilson.
While Mahomes and the Chiefs had a bye week, Rodgers helped lead the Packers to a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile, Wilson and the Seahawks suffered another setback against the Los Angeles Rams. This was also Seattle’s third loss in their past four outings.
Taking that into consideration, there’s bound to be a shakeup on our weekly MVP odds list, right? Without further ado, here’s a look at where these players rank based on how they performed in Week 10.
Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Aaron Rodgers (+300). Last Week (+350)
After getting off to an impressive start (4-0), Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were humbled in a 38-10 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in mid-October. However, the mark of a good team is the ability to respond following a disappointing outing, and the Packers have done exactly that over the past few weeks.
Green Bay had won two of its last three games going into the Week 10 matchup against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville had just one win on its resume, but they gave the Packers all they could handle. However, thanks to a defensive stop in the final minute of the game, the Packers narrowly escaped with a 24-20 victory. Rodgers finished 24 of 34 for 325 yards to go along with two touchdowns and one interception.
On the season, Rodgers has thrown 26 TD passes against just three picks and he reached the 300-yard mark for the second straight week. While Rodgers continues to be last on our weekly list, that could easily change, should the guys ahead of him stumble a bit.
Second-Best NFL MVP Odds: Russell Wilson (+225). Last Week (+125)
Russell Wilson had been the frontrunner in the MVP conversation, and he was hoping to solidify his hold as the favorite against the Los Angeles Rams. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as he and the Seahawks had hoped. In fact, the Rams held the highest-scoring team in the league below half of its scoring output, including just three points after intermission.
When it was all said and done, the Rams emerged victorious 23-16. Additionally, the Rams now sit atop the division with Seattle and Arizona. Wilson finished the day 22 of 37 for 248 yards and a pair of interceptions. What is an even greater concern is the fact that Wilson has committed 10 turnovers in Seattle’s three losses. Russell said after the game that he must be better going forward and as one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL, it’s not a matter of if he’ll bounce back but when.
The NFL MVP Odds Favorite: Patrick Mahomes (+180). Last Week (+200)
Patrick Mahomes was holding steady at the No. 2 spot on our weekly list, but, with Wilson having another subpar outing, Mahomes has leapfrogged to the top of the leaderboard.
While Mahomes and the Chiefs were off in Week 10, he has been playing some great football as of late. Over the past four games, Mahomes had thrown 12 touchdowns and no picks, and in his two most recent outings, Mahomes has thrown for 416 and 372 yards.
For the season, Mahomes has 25 touchdowns, which is the third-highest total in the league. 25 Touchdowns through nine games is pretty solid, but it is even more impressive when you realize he has thrown just one pick, which is the lowest total in the NFL. Mahomes won the MVP award in 2018, and for the first time this season, he is now the odds-on favorite in this race. Let’s see if he can hold on to the top spot moving forward…