The upcoming NFL season doesn’t kick-off until September 4th, but that hasn’t stopped one offshore sportsbook from posting 2014 NFL MVP odds for over 50 players — all of whom play on the offensive side of the football.
Peyton Manning, who passed for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns en route to his fifth career MVP award last season, is listed as a +350 favorite to repeat. It’s interesting to note that since the award was first handed out in 1957, more quarterbacks have won this award (37) than all other positions combined (21).
Included in those other winners are 18 running backs, 1 defensive tackle (Alan Page in 1971), one place kicker (Mark Moseley in 1982) and one linebacker (Lawrence Taylor in 1986). As hard as it is to believe, no wide receiver or tight end has ever been named MVP. Although Jerry Rice was named the MVP by the Pro Football Writers Association in 1987, he lost out to John Elway in the Associated Press vote.
Considering no receivers have ever won the award, it’s interesting to see both Calvin Johnson (+2000) and Dez Bryant (+3000) listed within the top 15.
The table below displays the current odds to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award at Sportsbook.com, BetOnline and the Greek and will be continually updated throughout the season.
The Greek (6/21)
|Robert Griffin III||+2500||+3000||+2000|
|Cecil Shorts III||+50000||N/A||N/A|
I’m always intrigued to see a field option on these type of prop bets, so immediately my attention is drawn to the Greek’s odds. This is especially interesting when there are so many candidates listed at Bovada and Sportsbook that are included in the field at the Greek. Some of these players include Frank Gore, Rob Gronkowski, Demaryius Thomas, Philip Rivers, Giovani Bernard and many others.
Who do you like to win the award? Will Manning be able to repeat as MVP? Are any long shots being undervalued? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.