We're only about a month away from the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys to kick off Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.
Speaking of the Bucs, their quarterback Tom Brady is among the preseason favorites to win the league MVP award.
Brady is tied for the third-highest odds at +1200. The 44-year-old quarterback has won the AP NFL MVP award three times, and only former rival Peyton Manning has won it more (five times).
It wouldn't be crazy at all if Brady took home another MVP award. He threw for 4,633 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season despite not having a full offseason to get acclimated to new teammates, coaches and division opponents.
The Bucs have brought back all 11 offensive starters from last season's Super Bowl LV-winning roster. After one full season with these teammates and a normal 2021 training camp/preseason, Brady and the Buccaneers offense should be even more potent this year.
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Which players are the favorites to win NFL MVP this season? Here are the latest betting lines -- odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook.
|No. 1||Patrick Mahomes||QB||Chiefs||+475|
|No. 2||Aaron Rodgers||QB||Packers||+1000|
|No. 3||Josh Allen||QB||Bills||+1200|
|No. 4||Tom Brady||QB||Buccaneers||+1200|
|No. 5||Russell Wilson||QB||Seahawks||+1400|
|No. 6||Dak Prescott||QB||Cowboys||+1500|
|No. 7||Lamar Jackson||QB||Ravens||+1600|
|No. 8||Kyler Murray||QB||Cardinals||+1800|
|No. 9||Matthew Stafford||QB||Rams||+1900|
|No. 10||Justin Herbert||QB||Chargers||+2000|
|No. 25||Cam Newton||QB||Patriots||+8000|
It's not surprising that quarterbacks are all over this list. The NFL is still a passing-dominated league and quarterback remains the premium position.
Brady's former team, the New England Patriots, are not well-represented on the MVP odds list. Veteran quarterback Cam Newton, a former league MVP himself, is the highest Patriots player on the list at +8000 odds.
The MVP race is usually one of the most fascinating storylines throughout the season, and the 2021 campaign should be no different given the amount of realistic contenders.