If you’ve already placed your bets on who you think will win the 2015 Super Bowl, but find yourself chomping at the bit to make some more picks for next season, you are in luck. This week, odds were released for who is likely to win next season’s MVP trophy. Here is a look at who is expected to be in the mix and some of the picks you may want to consider.
In his third full season with the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning leads the way at 3-1 odds to repeat as the NFL MVP. In 2013, Manning lead the league with 5,477 yards as he helped the Broncos make it to their first Super Bowl since 1997. If he wants to win his sixth NFL MVP trophy, Manning will have to adjust to new parts of his offense. This offseason he lost Knowshon Moreno in the backfield and one of his key receivers in Eric Decker. But as Manning has demonstrated time and time again in his career, it may not matter who he has to hand off or pass to, as long as he gets enough time in the pocket. Not only does Peyton have the best odds to win the NFL MVP trophy, but the Broncos also have the best odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl at 6/1.
The second leading passer in 2013 was Drew Brees with 5,162 yards. This might be the main reason that the New Orleans Saints’ quarterback is listed at 11-2 odds to win his first NFL MVP award next year. The Saints lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs in 2014 to the eventual champions, the Seattle Seahawks, but they are expected to come back this season with just as much potential. They currently sit at 18/1 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2015. Considering Brees gets to play half his games inside a dome throughout the year, he’s always a reliable choice for big yards. But if he wants to surpass the likes of Manning and other big name quarterbacks on this list, he’ll need to do something special in 2014.
Ardon Rodgers had a forgettable 2013 when he was injured during the season. However, at 15-2 odds, it’s expected that he’ll have a terrific year and come back strong this upcoming season. Rodgers was the NFL MVP in 2011 and his second award would add to the list of accolades that he already has. Green Bay found their way into the playoffs last season as representatives of a disappointing NFC North division. However, the Pack are currently favored at 14/1 odds to win the Super Bowl this year, which will be much more likely if Rodgers is able to stay healthy.
It may be difficult to imagine that Tom Brady would be behind the other three quarterbacks before him at 9-1 odds, but it goes to show the amount of absolute superstar players at that position in the league right now. Brady won his last NFL MVP trophy in 2010 and his first came in 2007. But what may be the biggest problem for him now is the limited options that he has surrounding him. The Patriots made it to the AFC Championship last season and they are 10/1 odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl. There is no denying that New England is likely going to be trouble in the AFC again, but Brady will have to be the prime driving force of that team if that is going to happen. If you think the Patriots have what it takes, don’t forget to get involved in the NFL Million Dollar challenge. It’s never too early to sign up and you can make your picks now.
Could this be the year for Andrew Luck to put his name among the elite quarterbacks in the NFL? At 16-1 odds to win his first NFL MVP trophy, that could very well be the case. In his first two seasons in the league, Luck has led the Colts to back-to-back playoff appearances and he’s also made the Pro Bowl both years as well. If Luck continues to build off his success, he could make a huge push for his first NFL MVP award and show everyone that he is the future of the league (at least, those who don’t already know it).
A bit of a surprise to make the list this high, keep an eye out for Jay Culter next season. Cutler missed time last season and it was debated whether or not the Bears would keep him or Josh McCown. But as the Bears decided to stick with Cutler, he now has a variety of different options to throw to including Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and rookie Marquess Wilson. If Cutler can stay healthy, he certainly has an arsenal with him on offense. So for those that think he can light it up and surprise everyone next season, this is a prime bet to place.
Other quarterbacks to keep an eye out for next season include Matthew Stafford at 20-1 odds, and Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III are all at 25-1.
But if you are looking for someone else to place your bets on that isn’t a quarterback, keep in mind that LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson are all positional players that sit at 25-1 odds to win the NFL MVP award next season. McCoy came into prominence last season when he led the league with 1,607 yards and helped the Eagles make the playoffs. Peterson is no surprise when it comes to MVP possibilities, but he’s aging and he doesn’t have much support around to take pressure off of him. As for Johnson, a receiver has never won the MVP award before, but you’d think if anyone could do it, it would be him.
Just because the NFL season is still a few months away doesn’t mean you have to go crazy waiting in anticipation. Instead, consider any of these prop bets for next seasons NFL MVP and check back with sportspicks.com handicappers throughout the season to keep track of their progress.