Lamar Jackson is coming off a Most Valuable Player campaign with the Baltimore Ravens, but it’s a rival AFC quarterback that sits atop the latest NFL MVP odds for the 2020 season at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs is the +600 favorite on the 2020 NFL MVP odds at online sports betting sites. Mahomes won the award back in 2018, but injuries in 2019 combined with a sensational season by Jackson kept him from repeating as the winner. Still, Mahomes did manage to lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title to cap off his campaign.
Jackson is then the +750 second favorite on the NFL MVP odds for the season. The Ravens quarterback threw for 3,127 yards with 36 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2019, while rushing for 1,206 yards and seven scores. Despite those numbers Jackson and the Ravens bowed out quickly in the playoffs, losing in the Divisional Round to the Tennessee Titans.
Quarterbacks have won each of the last seven NFL MVP awards, and they hold down each of the top 10 spots on the NFL MVP odds for 2020. Following Mahomes and Jackson on the list are Russell Wilson at +900 and Kyler Murray at +1000, with Tom Brady then set at +1200.
Brady won his third career NFL MVP award in 2017, but moved on from the New England Patriots in the offseason to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. The Bucs have never had an NFL MVP, and missed the playoffs last season with a 7-9 record behind Jameis Winston. A turnaround and trip to the postseason would get Brady some MVP votes.
Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson are both at +1800 on the odds to win NFL MVP in the season ahead, with Carson Wentz at +2000, and Drew Brees joining Aaron Rodgers at +2200. Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP, winning the award in both 2011 and 2014. The Saints’ Brees, a future Hall of Fame inductee, has never won the NFL MVP in his career.
The first non-quarterback on the NFL MVP odds is then Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who sits at +2500. As well, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is at +2800, while 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan sits back at +3300 to claim this year’s award.