As the NFL regular season wraps up, there are several awards that will be announced in the coming weeks. These awards, such as Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and MVP, are all major awards for the 2021-2022 season. The greatest award is the MVP award, as it defines a player who has had the greatest impact on their team.
One of the best things about this award is there are ways that sports bettors can place a wager on who they think will be the MVP before the award is announced. Let’s take a look at the NFL odds for the top choices to be the NFL MVP.
Cooper Kupp +2000
While Cooper Kupp is a long shot to win this award, it is hard to argue his accomplishments this season would not garner national attention. Kupp, a wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams, was the best player on a playoff team. The wide receiver hauled in 145 catches for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns.
These stats place Kupp in the territory with the greatest receivers of all time. He is now in the record books with the second-most receptions in a single season, as well as, second in the most yards in a single season. While Kupp is looking to be the first non-quarterback to receive this award since 2012, he is trying to become the first-ever wide receiver to win the award.
Tom Brady +400
In the 17th season of his career, Tom Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in all of football. Leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl last season, Brady has the Buccaneers back in the playoffs again this season. Brady was able to throw for 5,316 yards this season with 43 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Brady has won the MVP award three times in his career, most recently in 2017. Although this is his 17th season, Brady has put, possibly, his best season together of his career. The 5,316 passing yards put him third on the list of single-season passing yards. Tom Brady was also able to pass Drew Brees for most all-time passing touchdowns this season.
Aaron Rodgers -400
There is no surprise that Aaron Rodgers is listed as the favorite to win this year’s MVP award. Even after all of the offseason drama and the COVID drama that has encompassed Rodgers this year, he was still able to put together a great season for the Packers. Rodgers has the Green Bay Packers primed for the playoffs this season, as they will enter the playoffs as the #1 seeded NFC team in a stacked NFC Conference.
Rodgers is the reigning MVP as he was given the award last season. He has won the award two other times, 2011 and 2014. When you compare his stats from this season to those of the three seasons he won the award previously, it is completely understandable why he is the front runner for the award. The best stat for Rodgers this year, in my opinion, is in 531 pass attempts, Rodgers only threw four interceptions. In his last seven games, Rodgers has thrown 20 touchdowns and did not throw a single interception.
While it would be awesome if Cooper Kupp were able to shock the world and take the award home this season, it is highly unlikely. If Kupp would have been able to bump Calvin Johnson in receptions and receiving yards in a season, there would be a lot more consideration for him.
Tom Brady has been great all year, but when we break down the number of weapons Brady has, compared to the other quarterbacks up for the award, Brady has by far the best teammates around him. While it would not be a shock if Brady won, and the odds make sense if a bettor were to take him, it would be tough to select him over Rodgers.
Rodgers is the clear pick in this one, and if the odds do not get crazy, there is still a chance at making a decent profit if a bettor was looking to make their MVP pick.