NFL MVP Odds: Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees Top Latest Lines

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2018

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has climbed to first place in the 2018 NFL MVP race in the eyes of Las Vegas oddsmakers.

According to OddsShark, Mahomes is a +300 favorite, and he's followed closely by Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers (+500) and New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees (+650).

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Updated odds to win NFL MVP (@betonline_ag): Mahomes +300 Rodgers +500 Brees +650 Gurley +750 Brady +1200 Wentz +2000 Goff +2200 Ryan +2500 Kamara/Newton +3300 Cousins/Rivers +3300 Wilson +3300 Roethlisberger +4000 Luck/Mayfield +5000 Watson/Hill +5000

Mahomes' MVP odds had been +1200 heading into Week 3, per OddsShark. He threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-27 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.


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Mahomes now has 896 passing yards and a league-high 13 touchdowns against zero interceptions through three games, so his climb up the MVP odds list is little surprise.

New England Patriots star Tom Brady is trending in the other direction after his team dropped its second straight game. Brady finished 14-of-26 for 133 yards, one touchdown and an interception in a 26-10 defeat to the Detroit Lions, and oddsmakers didn't respond kindly. Brady slipped from +700 a week ago to +1200.

The same is true of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, despite the fact he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400-plus yards in three straight games. Fitzpatrick was +3300 in Week 3 to win MVP and now sits at +6600, per OddsShark.

"Fitzmagic" appears to be wearing off, and Jameis Winston is eligible to return from his three-game suspension in Week 4. Those two factors together are likely a death blow to Fitzpatrick's already slim MVP hopes.

Carson Wentz will be a player to follow in the MVP discussion over the next few weeks. He made his 2018 debut in the Philadelphia Eagles' 20-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts, throwing for 255 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

While those numbers aren't earth-shattering, Wentz's return was enough to provide a boost to his MVP odds. He went from +3300 to +2000, so now is the time to buy low on the third-year passer.