EconomyEditor's PickIdle Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady pulls even with Josh Allen in MVP race

November 10, 2021
TAMPA BAY Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagle at Lincoln Financial Field. — REUTERS

TOM Brady came out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 9 bye as the co-MVP favorite after his closest competitors endured a damaging week.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was the +250 favorite last week, but he turned the ball over three times while leading the offense to only six points in a stunning loss at Jacksonville. His odds lengthened to +350 at BetMGM and DraftKings, as Allen and Brady are now the co-favorites at both sportsbooks.

Brady is also leading the way with 22% of the money at DraftKings backing him to win his fourth most valuable player (MVP) award.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray is +500 at BetMGM and +750 at DraftKings after sitting out the Cardinals’ rout of the San Francisco 49ers due to an ankle injury. Matthew Stafford (+750, +800) saw his odds lengthen following the Rams’ lopsided home loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Dak Prescott’s odds also took a hit — from +700 to +900 at BetMGM and from +650 to +1200 at DraftKings — after the Dallas Cowboys had to rally late to avoid a shutout during a loss to the Denver Broncos.

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t even on the field for the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Combined with the fallout from his explanation for not being vaccinated, and Rodgers’ MVP odds also slipped to +900 and +1200, respectively.

However, Rodgers, the reigning MVP, continues to be the most-backed candidate at DraftKings with 17% of the bets since the market opened. He’s also responsible for 10% of the money wagered at the book.

Another quarterback on the rise this week also hasn’t taken a snap in weeks. The news that Russell Wilson has been medically cleared to return for the Seattle Seahawks’ Week 10 game at Green Bay resulted in his MVP odds shortening from +25000 to +10000 at DraftKings.

Cincinnati wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase remains the -140 favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, with New England quarterback Mac Jones (+350) his closest competitor.

Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons is coming off a 2.5-sack performance against Denver. He also has 21 tackles, including 7.0 for losses, in his past two games, resulting in his Defensive Rookie of the Year odds shortening from +600 to -120.

Parsons has overtaken Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II, who moved from +500 last week to +1000 along with Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jayson Oweh. — Reuters

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