After two weeks, the 2018 NFL MVP race has taken a highly unexpected turn.
The usual suspects — Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, etc. — are still in the running, but second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes has seen his MVP stock sky-rocket after two outstanding games to open his first full season as the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback.
So, where does Mahomes rank among his peers on the list of players with the best MVP odds after two weeks? Here’s a look at the current 2018 NFL MVP odds, courtesy of the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (+1000)
Simply put: Brady will be a threat to win MVP honors until the day he hangs up his cleats and retires from the NFL.
Todd Gurley II, RB, Los Angeles Rams (+1000)
With 220 total yards (150 rushing and 70 receiving) and four total touchdowns through two games, Gurley appears to be well on his way to another monster season in 2018. If the 24-year-old running back stays healthy, he will absolutely be in the running here by the end of the 2018 season — especially since he plays for arguably the best team in the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (+800)
Through two weeks, Mahomes is on a record setting pace. In fact, his 10 touchdown passes through two games set a new NFL record, and put him on track to throw for 80 touchdowns in 2018.
Will he keep up with his current pace of 291 yards and five touchdowns per game? Probably not. But when you have a player with his football IQ and physical ability in Andy Reid’s offensive system with the Chiefs’ explosive targets at his disposal, anything is possible (statistically speaking).
If the Chiefs make a deep run in the AFC Playoffs, Mahomes will be difficult to beat here.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (+400)
In Week 1, Rodgers delivered a MVP-caliber performance in the Packers shocking come-from-behind win over the Chicago Bears. In Week 2, Rodgers was a questionable roughing the passer penalty away from guiding Green Bay to a win over the Minnesota Vikings (the game resulted in a 29-29 tie).
Bottom line: If Rodgers stays healthy, Mahomes will have to stay close to his current pace, which is possible, but unlikely, to have any chance at topping the 34-year-old quarterback here.
Other notable players to watch:
- Drew Brees (+1200)
- Andrew Luck (+2000)
- Kirk Cousins (+2000)
- Philip Rivers (+2000)
- Alvin Kamara (+3000)
- Cam Newton (+3000)
- Matt Ryan (+3000)
- Russell Wilson (+3000)
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