The 2021 NFL season has been an interesting one when it comes to the MVP race. When the season kicked off, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was a heavy favorite after leading his team to another Super Bowl. However, we’ve since seen his odds plummet due to lackluster play thus far. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady, who himself faced off against Mahomes in the Super Bowl last season, has become a trendy MVP pick after facing longer odds at the beginning of the year. Let’s take a quick look at the MVP race heading into Week 11 of the NFL season.
Josh Allen is A Heavy MVP Favorite
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen is the current major favorite for the MVP award on a number of different sportsbooks. DraftKings currently lists Allen at +250 to win the award, which is especially interesting considering he was around +1200 to win the award at the start of the NFL season. Looking at his stats on paper, it’s no wonder that Allen is the main favorite, as the QB has 2,602 yards with 19 touchdowns and six interceptions to go along with three scores on the ground. Despite a lackluster performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9, Allen is still a heavy favorite
There are plenty of other QBs behind Allen in the odds. Tom Brady isn’t too far behind the Bills passer in the odds, listed at +350 on DraftKings. Quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Matthew Stafford are both tied at +800, with Aaron Rodgers (last season’s MVP) at +1000. Meanwhile, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, and Kyler Murray are all +1600 heading into this upcoming slate of games.
Will a Non-QB Ever Win the MVP?
If you want someone other than a quarterback to win the MVP award this season, you might have to hold your breath. The highest non-quarterback on the list is currently Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp, who is +2500 on DraftKings to win the MVP. The devastating injury to Derrick Henry shook up the odds for non-passers, as many bettors likely jumped on the powerful runner to win the award this season. Running backs James Conner and Jonathan Taylor are on the list at +10000. Keep in mind that the last time someone other than a QB won the award was 2012, when Adrian Peterson surpassed 2,000 yards on the ground for the Minnesota Vikings.
Other Awards Competitions Tighten Up
There’s no shortage of other awards to bet on in the NFL. The current frontrunners for Offensive Rookie of the Year are Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (+110) and New England Patriots QB Mac Jones (+125), with the Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite being Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (-150). While Cooper Kupp is a longshot for the MVP award right now, he’s a major favorite for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award at +110. And, speaking of heavy favorites, QB Dak Prescott is the odds-on favorite for Comeback Player of the Year at -400.