Patrick Mahomes has best odds as frontrunner for 2020 NFL MVP
By Matt Conner
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is considered the frontrunner by oddsmakers to be the 2020 NFL Most Valuable Player.
In the eyes of Las Vegas oddsmakers and the bettors who follow them, it’s never too early to start talking about favorites. That’s why Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has already been crowned as the early favorite for the 2020 NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
Mahomes has already won the award back in 2018, his first full year as a starting quarterback for the Chiefs after sitting for an entire year behind Alex Smith. That magical season comes affixed with the numbers “50” and “5,000” for the threshold of touchdowns and passing yards he reached that made him a household name.
This last year, Mahomes’ numbers dropped but that’s a healthy thing given that he didn’t need to bail out the defense every single game. In the wake of his statistical drop, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson enjoyed a breakout year to take the MVP award in 2019. Now the pair are considered leaders of a new QB crop who should contend year in and year out.
Mahomes numbers from his first season were inflated by a need to score as many points as possible in four quarters because of defensive woes. Last year’s numbers were under the expected norm due to various injuries suffered all year—from a sore ankle in Week 1 to a dislocated kneecap at midseason to a throwing hand injury in the second half. The reality is that a typical Mahomes season will likely settle somewhere between 50 touchdowns and the 26 he threw last year.
Here are the Top 12 players considered to be favorites from at The Action Network for the 2020 NFL Most Valuable Player award:
- 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
- Zeke Elliott: : +3000
- Matt Ryan: +3000
- Tom Brady: +3000