The 2021 NFL season is quickly approaching, with the regular season finally returning and kicking off on September 9.
There are many exciting sub-plots to this season, perhaps the most exciting being Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ attempt to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Brady, 44, continues to turn back the clock and remains the ultimate leader and winner at the highest level.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs are chasing a third Super Bowl appearance in as many years after losing to Tampa Bay last year, denying them the opportunity to win back-to-back championships.
Alongside that is the race for the NFL MVP award, with there being a number of contenders that will have their eye on claiming the prestigious individual award. As ever, the bulk of the main contenders for the trophy are quarterbacks, with each of the last eight league MVPs all being QBs.
The defending MVP is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who despite a tumultuous offseason butting heads with the franchise remains one of the favourites to win the award once again. A three-time MVP already, only Peyton Manning has won the award more than Green Bay’s no.12.
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Here, we will be breaking down the main contenders for the 2021 NFL MVP award, as well as their current odds ahead of the first weekend of the new season.
Patrick Mahomes – 9/2
Patrick Mahomes is the overwhelming favorite to win the regular-season MVP award this year after being priced at 9/2. He is this generation’s most popular NFL player and has already achieved more in four years than many quarterbacks have in their entire career. Winning the NFL MVP award in 2018 and the Super Bowl MVP in 2019, Mahomes led his team to a 14-1 record in the regular season last year in the games he played and was narrowly pipped to the award by Aaron Rodgers.
Last season, the 25-year-old also averaged a career-high in passing percentage and number of completed passes, as well as a career-high in rushing yards. He is yet to hit his prime and the defeat in last season’s Super Bowl will give Mahomes that chip on his shoulder that he will perhaps need to stay motivated and continue performing at the highest level. He still has key weapons in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on the roster and the Kansas City offense remains one of the most potent in the league. If Mahomes performs anything close to the level that he is capable of, he could well run away with this award.
Aaron Rodgers – 9/1
The reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is the second-favourite to win the award and is double the price of the favourite Mahomes, highlighting how fancied the Kansas City Chiefs’ QB is by the oddsmakers. Rodgers had an outstanding 2020 regular season after averaging a career-high in passing completion at 70.7% and threw for 48 touchdowns. He was devastating in the red zone and it really was a prime Rodgers season that demonstrated a QB that is at the peak of his powers.
It ended in disappointment as the Green Bay Packers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game and there is talk that this could be his last season in Green Bay – or in the NFL altogether. He said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen after the season, but I’m going to enjoy it with the right perspective, for sure, and not look at it as I’m getting through this. I’m going to enjoy the hell out of all of it.” Rodgers still has plenty to offer and could become the first back-to-back MVP since Peyton Manning in 2008 and 2009.
Josh Allen – 14/1
Josh Allen’s outstanding 2020 season saw him earn a place in the All-Pro second team and the Pro Bowl, with his ascension continuing the upwards trajectory of his career year-by-year. The Buffalo Bills improved their record to 13-3 thanks in large part to Allen’s development into a competent QB with few holes in his game. The game appears to be slowing down for the 25-year-old, who averaged a career-best in passing completion, attempts, percentage and yards, with all statistical categories improving significantly on the previous season’s totals.
The Bills were one game away from a Super Bowl appearance last season after losing 38-24 to Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game. That came after two postseason wins against the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens in which Allen impressed. His huge improvement in the pocket proved to be the key to his personal and the team’s success last year and many now have the former Wyoming QB established as a top 10 player in the league. A leap similar to the one we saw last year could see him in strong contention for MVP once again.
Other Notable 2021 NFL MVP Odds
Tom Brady – 14/1
Lamar Jackson – 16/1
Russell Wilson – 16/1
Matthew Stafford – 16/1
Dak Prescott – 18/1
Deshaun Watson – 20/1
Justin Herbert – 20/1
Kyler Murray – 20/1