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Perennial MVP Contenders Brady and Rodgers Falling Out of 2018 Race

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Aaron Rodgers' Packers are on the outside of the playoff race, and as a result, the QB's MVP odds are suffering. Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License]
  • Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers were the top two contenders for the 2018 NFL MVP when odds opened
  • Both have seen their odds fall off dramatically in the past couple weeks
  • Is there value in betting either one?

After a New England loss to the Tennessee Titans and the Packers dropping two of their last three, it’s not really a shocker that this news comes out.

Tom Brady hasn’t looked like the classic GOAT we all know and love (or hate), and despite a win over Miami last weekend, the Pack haven’t looked like the Pack.

2018 NFL MVP Odds

The 2018 NFL MVP odds have certainly come a long way since Week 1. (You have to select Top 5 Contenders tab to see Rodgers, and Top 10 to see Brady.)

Odds to Win NFL MVP

Top Contenders Odds
Patrick Mahomes -110
Drew Brees +160
Todd Gurley III +600
Philip Rivers +1600
Aaron Rodgers +1600
Tom Brady +3000

*Follow the link in the table to see all betting options

Brady opened as the favorite for the award back on April 10th at +600 with Rodgers trailing closely behind at +700. The two jockeyed for the top spot all offseason, but it didn’t take long for Brady’s odds to take a tumble when the regular season started.

Rodgers, on the other hand, saw his odds get shorter after an incredible comeback on Sunday Night Football of Week 1 against the Bears. But since then, he too has seen his odds getting longer and longer.

Now, the question remains, how do these two get back in the running? In this case, winning performances are everything and the NFL schedule will help them as much possible.

Remaining Schedules are Attractive for Brady and Rodgers

Tom Brady will only have to face a team above .500 two more times this year.

Meanwhile, of their seven remaining games, Aaron Rodgers will face a team over .500 just twice as well.

Brady will see the lowly Jets twice along with the meandering Dolphins and Bills. The Packers will face the spiraling Seahawks, Cardinals, Falcons, Jets and Lions.

In other words, the chances are high that they’ll be back among the top contenders for the MVP soon.

For this to even begin to come anywhere near fruition though, the Packers will have to beat Seattle. Something that, on the road, they’ve been unable to pull off for a very long time.

Thursday Night Matchup with Seahawks Pivotal for Rodgers

Thursday Night Football could be a playoff elimination game for both squads.

With just four wins on the board each, both Seattle and Green Bay will be playing to stay “In the Hunt” for the postseason. Given the ‘Discount Double-Check’ hasn’t won in Seattle in ages and everything else on the line, it’s probably safe to say we can expect a classic Rodgers-like effort on TNF.

Brady Gets the Jets After Patriots’ Bye

Meanwhile, what can we expect of TB12 against the New York Jets?

Well, the road is a lot easier for Tom in his next game than it is for his counterpart in green and gold. The Jets couldn’t put any heat on a Buffalo third-stringer last weekend and got pummeled.

If the Jets can make Matt Barkley look like a good QB, just imagine how good they’ll make a Hall of Famer look in Week 12.

Are they Worth a Wager?

Crazier things have happened in seven weeks of football.

Considering where their odds currently stand, a small wager on either – or even both – could certainly look genius in just a matter of a few weeks.

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