Week 9 of the 2021 NFL season is about to kick off and a lot has happened in the last two months. From the rise of the rookies to some teams falling off a cliff, there hasn’t been any shortage of excitement. Considering that the season is nearly halfway finished, it isn’t surprising to see that some are already trying to predict who’ll be named 2021 NFL MVP.
Fortunately, BetOnline has the odds to shed some light on the situation. At +225 odds, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is the current favorite to be named this year’s Most Valuable Player.
Allen has been great for the Bills this season, leading them to a 5-2 start. During that span, he’s completed 65.4% of his passes for 1,972 yards and 17 touchdowns to just three interceptions. Not only that but he’s been his usual dominant self on the ground too, rushing the ball 52 times for 269 yards and another three TDs.
A big part of Allen’s success is that the Bills offensive line has done a better job at protecting him. Last year, he was sacked 4.3% of the time when attempting a pass, however, that number has improved to a career-best 2.9% in 2021. While Allen was sacked 26 times in 16 games last season, he’s only on pace to see 19 sacks this year, which is impressive with there being one extra game.
Nevertheless, Allen is clearly crucial to any success the Bills see this season. If he can stay healthy and continue playing as he has been, he should remain in the 2021 NFL MVP conversation for the duration of the campaign.
2021 NFL MVP Odds Ahead of Week 9
Odds via BetOnline as of Wednesday, November 3
- Josh Allen (+225)
- Tom Brady (+500)
- Matthew Stafford (+525)
- Kyler Murray (+600)
- Dak Prescott (+700)
- Aaron Rodgers (+850)
- Lamar Jackson (+2000)
- Justin Herbert (+2500)
- Cooper Kupp (+2500)
- Patrick Mahomes (+2800)
The complete odds list is available at BetOnline.ag.
Brady Eyeing Fourth MVP Award
Every year people expect Tom Brady to stop being productive and every year he keeps proving people wrong. The 44-year-old ageless wonder currently sits at +500 odds (2nd) to be named 2021 NFL MVP. History would be made if he won the award for a fourth time. After all, the only other player in league history to have accomplished that task is Brady’s rival Peyton Manning at five.
Nevertheless, Brady continues to prove that he’s not your average quarterback. He currently leads all NFL QBs when it comes to completions (231), passing yards (2,650), passing yards per game (331.3) and touchdowns (25). That’s impressive for any quarterback to do, let alone the oldest player in the league. Playing for an amazing Tampa Bay Buccaneers thing certainly helps, however, that can’t take away from what Brady is doing on his own.
If he keeps playing at this historic pace, it’d be hard to ignore Brady as a 2021 NFL MVP candidate.
Matthew Stafford 2021 NFL MVP Odds
During Matthew Stafford’s tenure with the Detroit Lions, people wondered what he could be capable of on a better team. With him being on the Los Angeles Rams, he’s been proving it all season long. Stafford has done a phenomenal job leading the Rams to a 7-1 record ahead of Week 9. Now, he has the third-best odds (+525) to be named this year’s NFL MVP as a result of that success.
Stafford is on pace for the best season of his career. After playing eight games, he’s completed a career-best 68.9% of his passes for 2,477 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions. He leads the NFL with a 118.0 passer rating and has been sacked a league-low 2.5% on his passing attempts. A big part of Stafford’s success is that he’s found an immediate connection with WR Cooper Kupp, who is also in the MVP conversation at +2500 odds. As long as this duo keeps their chemistry going, the sky is the limit for Stafford’s MVP hopes.