Allen surges to the top of the Board
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Josh Allen +350 - The Buffalo Bills quarterback has moved into the MVP lead as we reach the halfway point of the season. Allen was one of the favorites before the season started. He has lived up to it with his play. The Bills do not have the toughest schedule the rest of the season especially compared to most of the other MVP contenders. If Buffalo wins 14 games Allen could be a big favorite down the stretch.
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Tom Brady +550 - Down the stretch, the Bucs will be favored in every game with the potential exception being their Week 14 contest in mid-December when they host Allen’s Bills. They also host the Saints who have given Brady trouble but beyond that, the schedule is more than favorable for Tampa and Tom. That is an important factor when considering who will win this coveted award. Couple that with his production to date - Brady leads the league in passing yards and touchdown passes - and you can see why he is my pick for MVP at this point of the season. For him to perform at this level so late in his career is remarkable.
Kyler Murray +550 - Murray will not be toward the top of this list as we move through the season. There are reports that he is currently nursing an ankle. Assuming those reports are accurate, that injury will not heal as the season wears on. As a result, as we get deeper into the season Murray will start to fade as he did last year. The Cardinals should keep winning and that will keep Murray at least in the conversation, but they will not win enough. That combined with the wear and tear his body will take as the season progresses will keep Murray from claiming his first MVP trophy at season’s end.
Matthew Stafford +550 - There are a lot of people that think this is Stafford’s MVP season and for good reason. The Rams quarterback is second in the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Stafford also has the highest QB rating in the league...by a wide margin currently. If the Rams can win the NFC west and capture the top seed in the conference it will be difficult to deny the Rams signal caller.
Aaron Rodgers +1000 - Rodgers is 10/1 to win his fourth NFL MVP award. The Packers legendary quarterback is quietly putting together another stellar season. The Packers are on a 7-game winning streak. They are the only team thus far to defeat the Arizona Cardinals. That said, I don’t think Rodgers will win back-to-back MVP awards. He is elite, but to earn consecutive MVP awards, that second season needs to be truly elite if not the greatest season an individual has had to date.
Dak Prescott +1000 - Prescott is expected to return to the lineup this week after missing a week with an injured calf. Dak is having a standout season but I’m not sure it warrants serious MVP consideration. If the Cowboys finish the season as the top seed in the NFC, a Dak MVP is a possibility. The weapons joining him on offense are so plentiful that it may take some of the shine off his candidacy. At this time, I would take all the other candidates in this article over him.