The NFL MVP race this year is one of the most interesting in recent memory. In previous years, we’ve seen some pretty obvious frontrunners get the award with ease, as seen with Patrick Mahomes’ 2018 season and Lamar Jackson’s 2019 MVP campaign. However, this year feels different. There are plenty of different payers that are possible winners, and we’re not even done with Week 6 of the NFL yet. The only thing you can rely on is that the MVP will likely be a quarterback, as a non-QB hasn’t won the award since 2012 when Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson hit 2,097 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Let’s take a look at the current MVP odds and who is rising and fading as we close out Week 6.
Dak Prescott MVP Is Now An MVP Favorite
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was a popular choice for Comeback Player of the Year coming into 2021. And, while he’s still likely to win that award, he might nab himself an MVP nod as well. Prescott is now one of the frontrunners to win MVP at +400. The quarterback has had a productive comeback from injury, leading the Cowboys to a 5-1 record while throwing for 1,813 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Prescott is coming off an amazing comeback win in which the Cowboys beat the New England Patriots in overtime. Along the way, Prescott threw for 445 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. The Dallas Cowboys are a true contender this season, and Prescott is hoping a full MVP-caliber season will push his team deep into the postseason.
The Rest of the MVP Race
Dak Prescott isn’t alone atop the race for MVP. Two other quarterbacks are also vying for the award, with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray sharing +400 odds with the Cowboys passer. Both are leading their teams to great starts to the 2021 season, with Murray leading the only undefeated team left in the league, Meanwhile, the Bills are off to a strong start thanks to the electric play of Josh Allen.
There’s another three-way tie in the MVP odds after that, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rogers, and Los Angeles Rams QB Matt Stafford at +1000. There’s plenty of football left this year, but this race very well could be one for the ages.
Justin Herbert Fades in MVP Race
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert was off to a great start to the season, at least before Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Herbert had an uncharacteristically rough day on Sunday, passing for just 195 yards with a touchdown and a pick. Herbert also completed only 56.4% of his passes, his lowest of the season. While he had been rising in the ranks for a few weeks, Herbert’s now finding himself behind much of the crowd. He’s currently listed at +1200 to win the MVP award, just ahead of Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, who just outdueled Herbert on Sunday afternoon.