From our friends at Sports Betting Dime:
[December 11] For the first time this season, Jalen Hurts is the favorite to win NFL MVP. Hurts threw for 217 yards and two TDs, while adding 77 yards on the ground and another touchdown, in Philadelphia’s Week 14 crushing of the Giants. Hurts’ odds improved from +160 to -110, while (Patrick) Mahomes, who was favored entering the week, faded from +115 to +200 after throwing three interceptions against the Broncos.
Joe Burrow is hovering around +500 and Josh Allen is +1200. Tua is +3000 and Tyreek Hill is the first non-quarterback on the list, at +8000. SBD averages the current odds across the major legal sportsbooks.
Going into last week, Mahomes was -160 to win it all, but dropped slightly after Hurts threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns in the Tennessee win. It’s basically Jalen’s award to lose at this point, with the Bears, Cowboys, Saints, and Giants remaining on the schedule. If the Birds wrap it up early, the #1 seed, he won’t even have to play against NY and would still win MVP, so he needs to go out and play three more good games we’ll have our first Eagles MVP since… ever.
No Bird has won the award since it debuted in 1957.* The most recent vote getter was Carson Wentz, who finished third despite tearing his ACL in 2017. It’s basically a quarterback award anyway. The only three non-QBs to win it going back to 2000 are Adrian Peterson, Shaun Alexander, and LaDainian Tomlinson.
*I was wrong. Norm Van Brocklin won it in 1960. For some reason he’s not listed on the Pro Football Reference page. It just skips the year entirely.