NFL MVP 2021 Odds: Packers' Aaron Rodgers Jumps Bucs' Tom Brady as New Favorite

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 20, 2021

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) rolls out to pass during the Green Bay Packers versus Baltimore Ravens NFL game at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers is now the betting favorite to win a second straight MVP award, according to DraftKings:

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There's a new favorite to win MVP 👀 <a href="https://twitter.com/DKSportsbook?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DKSportsbook</a> <br><br>+125 Aaron Rodgers<br>+175 Tom Brady<br>+1000 Matthew Stafford<br>+1000 Jonathan Taylor<br>+1000 Patrick Mahomes<br><br>Who ya got? <a href="https://t.co/J3Ghy0GIrY">pic.twitter.com/J3Ghy0GIrY</a>

Tom Brady had been the favorite until he struggled during Sunday's 9-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback turned it over twice while failing to throw a touchdown pass for just the second time all season.

It's the first time Brady's team has been shut out since 2006 when he played for the New England Patriots.

Meanwhile, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes Sunday as the Packers beat the Baltimore Ravens, 31-30. 

The Packers (11-3) now have the best record in the NFL, while the Buccaneers dropped to 10-4 with their loss to the Saints.

Rodgers won his third career MVP award in 2020 when he led the league in passer rating (121.5) and passing touchdowns (48) while only throwing five interceptions. He remains efficient in 2021 with a league-best 110.4 rating to go with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Brady still remains a top contender for the award, however. He leads the league with 36 passing touchdowns and 4,348 passing yards. Even after being shut out in Week 15, the Buccaneers still have the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL.

Patrick Mahomes also remains in the conversation after leading the Kansas City Chiefs to seven straight wins. Though his 13 interceptions have been a problem, his 30 passing touchdowns are hard to ignore, and the Chiefs (10-4) currently have the No. 1 seed in the AFC. 

Matthew Stafford is red-hot as well with nine touchdown passes in his last three games and a league-high 67.4 QBR. He will try to move the Los Angeles Rams (9-4) one step closer to the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday. 

Jonathan Taylor is the outlier in the list as the only running back in the conversation. The Indianapolis Colts star has 1,518 rushing yards on the season, over 400 more than anyone else in the league, while his 19 touchdowns also lead the NFL.

Adrian Peterson is the last running back to win MVP in 2012, but Taylor has a strong argument as a key reason the Colts (8-6) are even in playoff contention.    

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