For most of the 2020 NFL season, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the favorite in the NFL MVP betting odds. In late November, Mahomes had -118 odds on being named the MVP. Russell Wilson had the second-best odds at +350, and Aaron Rodgers followed at +550.
Things have changed since. BetMGM’s NFL MVP odds have shifted dramatically to favor Rodgers with the veteran having a phenomenal finish to the regular season.
Voting for the NFL's MVP award takes place between the end of the regular season and the beginning of the playoffs. The winner is announced the day before the Super Bowl.
Below are the top-six favorites to win the NFL MVP Award:
Aaron Rodgers -3000
At 37 years old, Rodgers has put together the best season of his career. In 2018 and 2019, he combined for 51 touchdown passes. This year, Rodgers already has a career-high 48 touchdown throws to just five interceptions. He is completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards.
While Mahomes has cooled off down the stretch, Rodgers seems to be getting better. He has thrown at least three touchdown passes in six of the last seven games, including four in Weeks 16 and 17.
Patrick Mahomes +1100
In the first nine weeks of the season, Mahomes had 25 touchdown passes to one interception. Since then, while he hasn’t struggled by any stretch of the imagination, he hasn’t put up jaw-dropping numbers like Rodgers.
This coincides with Kansas City’s offense being less explosive as it’s edged weaker opponents. Still, many can make the case he’s still the best player in the NFL today. Mahomes has thrown for 4,740 yards, 38 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
Josh Allen +1100
Buffalo is arguably the hottest team in the NFL right now. A big reason for that is the play of its quarterback. Allen has had a breakthrough season in his third year.
His rookie and second-year campaigns were up-and-down with a combined 30 touchdowns to 21 interceptions. In 2020, Allen led the red-hot Bills offense with 4,544 yards passing, 37 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Derrick Henry +4000
The NFL loves its quarterbacks. But what Henry has done this year shouldn’t be overlooked. He is just the eighth running back to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, totaling 2,027 so far this year.
Henry has added 17 rushing touchdowns, which leads the NFL. He’s gone over 100 yards on the ground in 10 games this season and has eclipsed 200 yards three times.
Ryan Tannehill +25000
What a career year for Tannehill. After six average seasons with Miami, he arrived in Tennessee last season, leading the Titans in a surprise run to the AFC Championship Game. In his 12 games played, Tannehill threw for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
His play continued into this season. The Titans are 11-5 and the No. 4 playoff seed. Tannehill has thrown for 3,819 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
Davante Adams +25000
Rodgers has spread the wealth this season. But his go-to target remains Adams, arguably the best wide receiver in the game.
His 18 touchdown catches are No. 1 in the NFL, while his 115 receptions are tied for second, and his 1,374 receiving yards are tied for fifth. Adams is just shy of his career-best 1,386 receiving yards from 2018. His touchdowns and receptions are the most in his career.
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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.