Last season Peyton Manning ran away with the NFL MVP award after his record-breaking season in Denver & even though he’s once again the NFL odds favorite there are some other really good options as well.
Peyton Manning (+275)
Ironically enough, Manning was the last player to win the award two years in a row, and he has now won the award four times in his illustrious career. This year Bovada has him as the favorite once again, and for good reason. After breaking records last season, the Broncos have once again re-armed, and are ready to take on the league. With the loss of Eric Decker, the Broncos added Emmanuel Sanders to bolster their passing attack, and even with one of the toughest schedules in the NFL this season, the Broncos and Manning could easily win another 12 or 13 games, and probably make Manning the MVP in the process. His NFL odds may be slightly overvalued, but for a guy who the AP seems to love to give the award to, it’s somewhat justified that the next best guy for this prop has nearly double the NFL odds that Manning does.
Aaron Rodgers (+500)
All offseason I have been ranting and raving on how I like the Packers this season, and it’s mainly because of Aaron Rodgers. After missing half the season last year, Rodgers is back and looking better than ever. His receiving core is virtually intact from last season, and with the exception of the loss of James Jones, and the addition of Richard Rodgers, this offense is the same one that dominated the NFL with a backup last year. Rodgers has already won the award too, giving him some extra clout when picking a winner for this award. He was on pace last season to nearly match what Drew Brees and Manning put up in their record setting years, and if Rodgers can match either of those guys, the writers might choose Rodgers over Manning or Brees. He would be doing it in the tougher division, and with an offense that isn’t as good as the ones in Denver or New Orleans.
Russell Wilson (+1600)
This is a play that I couldn’t pass up, and at +1600, the reining Super Bowl champ, Russell Wilson could be in line for a huge season. The Seahawks are going to have to rely more heavily on Wilson, and the kid looks like he just keeps getting better. With not much to throw to, and only a reliable running game on offense, if the Seahawks match their win total from last season, and Wilson puts up some career numbers, I don’t see how the AP writers can’t consider Wilson for the MVP. Bovada’s NFL odds are severely undervaluing the Super Bowl winner. If Wilson can up his totals to 30+ touchdowns and over 400 yards passing this season, he should be included in the MVP discussion. Combine that with his NFL odds, and you have one of the best three values to win the award. Since the year 2000, only four non-quarterbacks have won the MVP, so the odds are in Wilson’s favor if he can have another career season.