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2020 NFL odds are still high on Carson Wentz as possible league MVP

2020 NFL odds are still high on Carson Wentz as possible league MVP

The 2019 NFL season just ended and we already have MVP odds for next season. And Carson Wentz isn’t that far from the top of the list. 

Going into his fifth NFL season, Wentz has 16/1 odds to be the MVP in 2020, according to Westgate Sportsbook. That ties him with Dak Prescott for the fifth-shortest odds league-wide. 

Take a look at the top 20: 

  • Patrick Mahomes: +400
  • Lamar Jackson: +600
  • Russell Wilson: +1000
  • Deshaun Watson: +1200
  • Dak Prescott: +1600
  • Carson Wentz: +1600
  • Drew Brees: +2000
  • Aaron Rodgers: +2000
  • Kyler Murray: +2000
  • Christian McCaffrey: +3000
  • Ezekiel Elliott: +3000
  • Matt Ryan: +3000
  • Tom Brady: +3000
  • Josh Allen: +4000
  • Ben Roethlisberger: +4000
  • Cam Newton: +4000
  • Baker Mayfield: +4000
  • Jimmy Garoppolo: +4000
  • Kirk Cousins: +4000
  • Matthew Stafford: +4000

The only other Eagles player on the board is tight end Zach Ertz at +30000. 

It shouldn’t be surprising that the top players on the list are quarterbacks. Since 2007, there have been 13 MVPs and 12 have been QBs. If you’re wondering, a tight end has never won the award. 

It’s basically an award that either goes to a quarterback or a running back that puts up ridiculous stats in a year where there’s no clear-cut quarterback winner. All that said, I don’t hate Wentz’s chances. 

In 2019, Wentz led the Eagles to a 9-7 record but came up huge in the last month of the season to get them into the playoffs. For the season, he threw for 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. 

It wasn’t quite his 33/7 season in 13 games back in 2017 when he almost won the MVP, but he was still pretty good. And he had the first 4,000-yard season in Eagles history while becoming the first 4,000-yard passer in NFL history without a receiver who had over 500 yards. 

If the Eagles get him some more help at receiver heading into 2020, and if Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders and his offensive line continue to perform well, Wentz should have a real shot. 

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Jason Kelce egregiously snubbed by NFL's all-decade voters

Jason Kelce egregiously snubbed by NFL's all-decade voters

Jason Kelce was the best center in the NFL over the last decade and no fraud all-decade team is going to change that.

The NFL on Monday announced its team of the decade, and it was good to see LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Fletcher Cox and Jason Peters named. All are deserving.

But the absence of Kelce is egregious. 

Not surprisingly, the same people who haven’t figured out that Eric Allen was one of the greatest cornerbacks to ever play the game — the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters — are the same people who have decided that Kelce wasn’t one of the two best centers in the NFL from 2010 through 2019.

Alex Mack and Maurkice Pouncey were the centers named to the team of the decade, and guess what.

Kelce has made first-team all-pro more than both of them combined.

Kelce three times, Pouncey twice, Mack zip.

Pouncey deserves one of the two slots. He’s made eight Pro Bowls with the Steelers and played on six playoff teams and a Super Bowl loser. Hell of a career.

Mack? Ask any defensive tackle in the NFL if he’d rather face Kelce or Alex Mack. 

Mack’s been a really good player, and he does have more Pro Bowls than Kelce. But he was a 1st-round pick, and those guys tend to make Pro Bowls much earlier than 6th-round picks like Kelce. 

Kelce didn’t make his first Pro Bowl until his fourth season, and he was absurdly snubbed in the Pro Bowl voting in 2017 and 2018, when he was the best center in football, made first-team all-pro both times and didn’t get picked to the Pro Bowl team.

Kelce is the only active player in the NFL that’s had two all-pro seasons in which he didn’t make the Pro Bowl and one of only six in history.

It’s tough making up ground when you’re a 6th-round pick. You come into the league with no hype, and unless you see the guy play every Sunday you can’t imagine he’s really that good.

The rest of the country finally realized in 2017 what we already knew. Kelce guy is a beast. It took way too long. And judging by this NFL all-decade team people still haven’t figured out how good he is.

Kelce has added a dimension of athleticism to the center position that may be unprecedented. What he lacks in size and strength he makes up for in determination, intelligence and leverage. 

Kelce is one of six centers in NFL history to make first-team all-pro three straight years, the only one to do it in the last 20 years. All the others are Hall of Famers.

He’s also one of only seven centers in NFL history to be named all-pro three times AND to win a Super Bowl or NFL Championship. He’s the only one to do it in the last 35 years.

Kelce did make the Pro Football Writers Association all-decade team, so at least somebody got it right.

The thing that’s really disturbing is that Kelce is building a Hall of Fame resume, and the people that snubbed him for this honor could very well do the same when he’s in the Hall of Fame conversation. All-decade teams are one of the leading criteria Hall of Fame voters cite when justifying their picks.

All I know is Kelce is one of the smartest, toughest guys I’ve ever seen. He’s played through injuries that would have ended most guys’ seasons and some guys’ careers.

And he’s done it at a consistently high level since beating out Jamaal Jackson for the starting job in the summer of 2011.

Kelce probably doesn’t give a darn about all this. He’s never been one to take individual honors seriously. That’s not why he plays the game. 

He plays the game for moments like Feb. 4, 2018, and that’s something that none of the so-called experts can ever take away.

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NFL to reverse controversial pass interference rule for 2020 season: report

NFL to reverse controversial pass interference rule for 2020 season: report

After a one-year flirtation with pass interference challenges didn't really solve anything, the NFL is expected to end the experiment.

Pass interference replay "almost certainly will not be extended", according to a report Monday from NFL.com's Judy Battista:

This isn't terribly surprising. The rule was put in place largely because Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints complained very loudly after an enormous missed call in the 2018-19 postseason.

That crucial uncalled pass interference, you might recall, was committed by new Eagles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman:

The 2019 regular season allowed coaches to challenge pass interference calls, either called or uncalled, but the results were a mixture of underwhelming and frustrating.

Eagles fans probably remember this very obvious Avonte Maddox pass interference that wasn't called, was challenged by Packers coach Matt LaFleur, and then still wasn't called:

That was insane.

"The cumulative effect of the misses, plus the replay spotlight on these misses, has really taken its toll," former NFL ref and current NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay told the New York Times last November.

The line for what constitutes pass interference was shown - as football watchers already knew - to be an indistinct and ever-moving line, and the ability to challenge the calls just created one more layer of aggrivation.

If the league does indeed remove the rule, it will be a victory. Fans, players, and coaches will still yell about missed pass interference calls - but at least they won't have to do it twice.

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