The NFL MVP race is starting to shape up as we approach Week 8 of the regular season. While a few front runners lead the way in the NFL betting odds, the field is still wide open, with plenty of candidates building a case for themselves as this year’s most valuable player.
In a league where the quarterback is the most critical position on the field, it’s no surprise that MVP is usually awarded to a QB. In the last ten years, there has only been one winner that was not a quarterback, and that was the future hall of fame running back Adrian Peterson in 2012.
This year, Derrick Henry looks to buck the QB trend and put another running back’s name on the hardware, especially if he can achieve back-to-back 2000-yard rushing seasons. But, first, let’s look at the current NFL MVP odds and a few of the front runners.
NFL Betting Odds for MVP
The current top ten favorites feature nine quarterbacks and one lonely running back. But having played just seven weeks of the season, this is genuinely still anyone’s race.
- Kyler Murray QB, +350
- Dak Prescott QB, +400
- Josh Allen QB, +450
- Tom Brady QB, +700
- Matthew Stafford QB, +800
- Aaron Rodgers QB, +1000
- Lamar Jackson QB, +1200
- Derrick Henry RB, +1600
- Justin Herbert QB, +1800
- Patrick Mahomes QB, +4000
Sophomore sensation Justin Herbert has reached elite status in just his second year and has some decent value at the moment at +1800. Meanwhile, Tom Brady is currently leading the league in passing yardage at 44 years old and is looking to claim his fourth MVP title.
You can bet that Derrick Henry isn’t intimidated by the QB-heavy field, as he’s beat out plenty of quarterbacks before while winning the Heisman Trophy as a running back in college. But, for now, let’s break down the top three candidates.
Kyler Murray +350 (QB, Arizona Cardinals)
Kyler Murray is the current front-runner for MVP honors, and deservedly so. This season, the dynamic quarterback is in peak form and has led his team to an early 7-0 record.
While Murray is a magician at making defenders miss and gaining yardage with his legs, it’s his arm that’s leading the way this year. He’s already eclipsed 2000 yards through seven games, throwing for 17 TDs with just five interceptions.
Dak Prescott +400 (QB, Dallas Cowboys)
If Dak Prescott sustains the stellar play that he’s demonstrated so far this season, not only will he win NFL comeback player of the year, but he’ll have a strong chance to take home the MVP as well. Dak has been sensational this year and has completely turned the Dallas Cowboys around.
The ‘Boys currently sit atop the NFC East with a 5-1 record, buoyed by Prescott’s 73% completion percentage and 302 passing yards per game. But, while his numbers are impressive, it’s his leadership that shines through, making the Cowboys a force to be reckoned with this season.
Josh Allen +450 (QB, Buffalo Bills)
Many analysts were on the Josh Allen hype-train for this year’s MVP, and he hasn’t disappointed. Allen has picked up right where he left off last year with his dominating performance both through the air and with his legs.
Not only has the 25-year-old averaged 287 passing yards per game, but he’s gaining 36 yards each game on the ground as well. Allen has 17 total touchdowns to just three interceptions this season.
Who Will Wear the Crown?
Will Derrick Henry defy the odds and wear the MVP crown this year? Will the greatest of all time, Tom Brady, put another feather in his cap? Or will Kyler Murray continue his dominance and never look back? There’s still plenty of time for questions to be answered as we head into just Week 8 of a 17-week season.
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