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Since 1957, the Associated Press has been presenting a Most Valuable Player award to the NFL’s most deserving candidate – also read as the best quarterback in the league. Here are the odds available at our most trusted betting sites; the graphs below show each player’s average odds to win MVP.

Odds For Top NFL MVP Contenders

  • [December 25] Jackson’s odds continue to shorten, reaching -100000 ahead of Week 17
  • [December 18] Lamar Jackson’s odds have reached a new best at -3000 after yet another great game in Week 15
  • [December 11] Jackson’s odds went from -288 to -1000. He didn’t light up the Bills in Week 14, but Russell Wilson and DeShaun Watson both had awful games
  • [December 4] After lighting up the Patriots defense, en route to a 28-22 victory in Week 13, Deshaun Watson saw his MVP odds improve from +1950 to +1100
  • [November 27] Lamar Jackson has become the odds-on favorite after throwing five touchdowns against the Rams on Monday Night Football of Week 12
  • [November 20] After throwing four touchdowns and adding another 86 yards on the ground en route to hammering the Texans in Week 11, Lamar Jackson is now favored to win the NFL MVP
  • [November 13] Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson are breaking away from the crowd, as both their average odds are shorter than 5-2, while the next closest is Deshaun Watson at +583
  • [November 6] After beating the Patriots, Lamar Jackson’s MVP odds shortened from an average of +750 to +317, only sitting behind Russell Wilson
  • [October 30] Wilson’s reign as the MVP favorite only lasted two weeks, as Aaron Rodgers has taken that title after another dominant performance against the Chiefs in Week 8; Drew Brees also sees himself back on the board after a great outing in his return
  • [October 23] Sportsbooks are split on who the MVP favorite should be, as some have stuck with Russell Wilson while other are favoring Aaron Rodgers – Wilson’s average odds are better
  • [October 16] For the first time this year, Patrick Mahomes is not favored to win NFL MVP; Russell Wilson has become the favorite after Week 6
  • [October 9] After struggling a little in Week 5, Mahomes is still favored, but no longer the odds-on favorite; Russell Wilson has vaulted himself up the odds board after another solid performance
  • [October 2] Patrick Mahomes is now the odds-on favorite to win NFL MVP
  • [September 24] After outshining Lamar Jackson in Week 3, Patrick Mahomes is nearly the odds-on favorite to win the 2019 NFL MVP
  • [September 17] With Drew Brees set to miss around six weeks, three clear favorites have emerged: Mahomes, Brady, and Jackson
  • [September 11] After throwing for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns in Week 1, Tom Brady’s MVP odds shortened to an average of +700, down from +1600 prior to Week 1; Lamar Jackson saw the biggest movement, though, going from +4075 to +1400
  • [September 5] Aaron Rodgers, whose odds went from +1267 to +1013, crept back into the top three contenders, overtaking Baker Mayfield
  • [August 26] After Andrew Luck retired, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers saw their odds fade, while Carson Wentz and Baker Mayfield are now among the top three contenders
  • [July 10] Carson Wentz has seen his MVP odds shorten quite a bit since opening. moving from an average of +2000 to +1433
  • [May 31] Patrick Mahomes has opened as the favorite to win the 2019 NFL MVP award with short +400 odds

Odds at Bovada

Player Pos Team Odds to win 2019 NFL MVP at Bovada
Lamar Jackson QB BAL -100000
Russell Wilson QB SEA +1400
Patrick Mahomes QB KC +4000
Drew Brees QB NO +6600
Deshaun Watson QB HOU +8000
Aaron Rodgers QB GB +12500
Kirk Cousins QB MIN +12500
Jimmy Garoppolo QB SF +15000
Tom Brady QB NE +15000
Michael Thomas WR NO +15000

*Odds taken December 25; Follow the link in the table for more MVP betting options

Opening 2019 NFL MVP Odds

NFL MVP Betting Trends

  • A quarterback has won each of the last six NFL MVP awards
  • Since 2001, only three non-QBs have won the award – all were running backs
  • Since 2001, only one player has won NFL MVP without their respective team winning at least 11 games – Adrian Peterson’s Vikings won 10 games in 2012

Top Contenders by Position

Of the 62 NFL MVP awards handed out, 41.5 have gone to quarterbacks – Brett Favre and Barry Sanders shared the honors in 1997. Looking to the remaining 20.5, 17.5 of them were running backs, two were defensive players, and one was a placekicker.

  • Alan Page (1971) and Lawrence Taylor (1986) were the two defensive players to win the award
  • Mark Moseley (1982) was the lone kicker to win an MVP, after he nailed an NFL-high 20 field goal attempts – he attempted 21 – for Washington
  • Jim Brown won the first two MVP awards in 1957 and 1958
  • The most recent RB to be named MVP was Adrian Peterson in 2012

Odds For Previous Winners

The five players in this graph have accounted for each of the last five MVP awards. Tom Brady leads all active players with three MVPs, but still has some work to do in order to catch Peyton Manning, who holds the all-time record with five.

Teams With Most NFL MVP Winners

NFL Team Number of MVP Winners Most Recent MVP Winner
Indianapolis Colts 8.5 Peyton Manning (2009)
Green Bay Packers 7.5 Aaron Rodgers (2014)
San Francisco 49ers 5 Steve Young (1994)
Cleveland Browns 4 Brian Sipe (1980)
Los Angeles Rams 4 Kurt Warner (2001)

As mentioned above, the Colts had five MVP winners during their time in Baltimore – Johnny Unitas accounted for three – but Peyton Manning provided four more when they moved to Indianapolis.

You may be a little surprised to see Cleveland on here, but keep in mind the NFL MVP has been awarded since 1957. Jim Brown won the first two and added a third in 1965.

Thanks to the Greatest Show on Turf, the Rams are the only team to win the award in three consecutive seasons – Brett Favre won it for the Packers in three straight, but he shared the award in 1997 with Barry Sanders.

Teams With No NFL MVP Winners

Teams with no MVP Winners Notable Players with “MVP-Type” Seasons
Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald/Carson Palmer/Kurt Warner/Jake Plummer
Baltimore Ravens Jamal Lewis
Houston Texans Arian Foster/Andre Johnson/JJ Watt
Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Brunell/Fred Taylor/Maurice Jones-Drew
New Orleans Saints Drew Brees/Alvin Kamara
New York Jets Curtis Martin/Joe Namath
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Brad Johnson?

Patrick Mahomes was the first Kansas City Chief to ever win the NFL MVP award.

The Ravens franchise doesn’t have any MVP-winners, but the city of Baltimore at least got to see five of them when they had the Colts.

And if you still didn’t believe running backs are discriminated against in MVP voting, remember that Jamal Lewis ran for 2,066 yards in 2003, but watched the MVP award get shared between Peyton Manning and Steve McNair.

Archived MVP Odds: 2018

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After receiving a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Ottawa ('15), Matt spent two years with Rogers TV as a host, producer, and play-by-play commentator. He has been with us since 2016 and serves as SBD's Editor-in-Chief and sports betting expert.