2018 NFL MVP Odds: Patrick Mahomes Remains Favorite Ahead of Todd Gurley, More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 24, 2018

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) scrambles with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
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Based on the latest odds after Week 7, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley are in a two-man race to be named 2018 NFL MVP. 

Per OddsShark's Stephen Campbell, Mahomes' +150 (bet $100 to win $150) gives him a slight edge over Gurley's +200 to win the award. 

Mahomes has been the biggest story as the NFL season nears its halfway point. The 23-year-old leads the league with 22 touchdown passes and an 85.9 QBR. His 2,223 passing yards rank second behind Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons (2,335). 

Gurley has been unstoppable for the Rams, who are the NFL's only undefeated team (7-0). The two-time Pro Bowler leads the league in carries (144), rushing yards (686), yards from scrimmage (956) and touchdowns (14). 

Sitting in third place with +500 odds is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. At 39 years old, he's on pace to break his own NFL record with a 77.3 completion percentage and has yet to throw an interception in six games.

Quietly moving up the rankings is Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Campbell noted he had the largest odds shift from +2000 last week to +1400. His 2,008 passing yards and 17 touchdowns have the Chargers off to their best start since 2014 (5-2).

History suggests a quarterback will win MVP. Adrian Peterson is the last non-signal-caller to take the honor, winning in 2012. Quarterbacks have won the award 14 times in 17 seasons since 2001. 

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