NFL MVP Race: Setting the Odds for the Top 5 Candidates
With only three weeks left in the 2010-11 NFL season, the race for MVP is now the topic of conversation, as well as the final push to the postseason.
Tom Brady, Michael Vick and Philip Rivers are among the favorites for this year's MVP award. It's a tight race in which the winner will not be decided until the final three weeks of the season are completed.
Brady seems to be the favorite as of now, but anything could happen within the next few weeks.
Take a look at the top five candidates for the 2010-11 NFL MVP award, along with each player's odds to win this prestigious trophy.
* Odds according to www.Bodog.com
QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
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187-of-294, 63.6 CMP%, 2,513 yards, 17 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 104.3 QB rating
Dec. 9 @ New York Giants (9-4)
Dec. 26 vs. Minnesota Vikings (5-8)
Jan. 2 vs. Dallas Cowboys (4-9)
Michael Vick: Odds to Win 2010 NFL MVP
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Odds to Win MVP: 7/2
In the very first week of the season, Michael Vick got his opportunity to play when Kevin Kolb left the game with a concussion at halftime. Ever since then he has been absolutely outstanding, earning the permanent starting quarterback role for the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the games that Vick has played from start to finish, he has recorded a total of seven wins and only one loss.
Andy Reid and the entire Eagles organization took a huge risk by signing the former convict but now look like a group of geniuses with Vick playing some of the best football of his entire career.
QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
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268-of-410, 65.4 CMP%, 3,289 yards, 23 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 98.5 QB rating
Dec. 19 @ New England Patriots (11-2)
Dec. 26 vs. New York Giants (9-4)
Jan. 2 vs. Chicago Bears (9-4)
Aaron Rodgers: Odds to Win 2010 NFL MVP
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Odds to Win MVP: 18/1
Aaron Rodgers is one of the top MVP candidates this season because of his leadership and consistency. Green Bay has one of the worst rushing games in the National Football League.
Without Rodgers at the quarterback position, the Packers would be nothing more than mediocre.
QB Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
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290-of-439, 66.1 CMP%, 3,868 yards, 26 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 103.1 QB rating
Dec. 16 vs. San Francisco 49ers (5-8)
Dec. 26 @ Cincinnati Bengals (2-11)
Jan. 2 @ Denver Broncos (3-10)
Philip Rivers: Odds to Win 2010 NFL MVP
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Odds to Win MVP: 10/1
With a fairly weak schedule ahead, Philip Rivers should be able to pad his stats and lead the San Diego Chargers to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance. Don't be surprised if the race for MVP becomes extremely close between Rivers and Tom Brady.
Rivers will be taking advantage of his weaker opponents for the remaining three weeks, likely to have multiple-touchdown performances in each outing.
QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
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362-of-525, 69.0 CMP%, 3,855 yards, 28 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and a 93.6 QB rating
Dec. 19 @ Baltimore Ravens (9-4)
Dec. 27 @ Atlanta Falcons (11-2)
Jan. 2 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5)
Drew Brees: Odds to Win 2010 NFL MVP
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Odds to Win MVP: 16/1
Drew Brees has thrown a ton of interceptions this season but has still managed to lead his team to an extremely impressive 10-3 record.
Brees gives his absolute all every game, which is what he will certainly need to do the remaining three weeks of this season if he wants to finish off strong against some tough competition.
If Brees can come up with big performances against the Ravens in Baltimore, Falcons in Atlanta and Tampa Bay at home, then the 10-year pro out of Purdue may just win the Most Valuable Player award this season.
QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
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284-of-425, 66.8 CMP%, 3,398 yards, 29 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 109.9 QB rating
Dec. 19 vs. Green Bay Packers (8-5)
Dec. 26 @ Buffalo Bills (3-10)
Jan. 2 vs. Miami Dolphins (7-6)
Tom Brady: Odds to Win 2010 NFL MVP
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Odds to Win MVP: 1/4
Tom Brady is the clear-cut favorite for MVP at this point in the season, putting on a clinic in the past few performances and absolutely embarrassing his opponents.
Brady has been seemingly flawless in his last eight outings, throwing a total of 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions. If Brady can continue to play with the confidence and tenacity he has of late, there is no doubt that he will be the NFL's Most Valuable Player of the 2010-11 season.