Some strong performances highlighted Week 1 to open the 2021 NFL season, and the sportsbooks are making adjustments to many NFL futures including the MVP odds. The most valuable player race saw a few names move up sharply. Heading into Week 2, NFL MVP odds shifts are highlighted below.
Standout QB performances also led to some notable market movement in the season win totals after Week 1.
The NFC West went 4-0 to solidify their position as the strongest division in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals all saw their Super Bowl odds improve.
5 Biggest NFL MVP Odds Shifts
1. Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford’s odds dipped sharply at FanDuel Sportsbook and now sit at +800 to win MVP. The best MVP odds on Stafford sit at after he sizzled in his Rams debut, passing for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-14 victory and beating of the Bears on Sunday Night Football. Stafford’s performance in leading the Rams win as eight-point favorite made one bettor richer after the $400,000 big bet cashed at BetMGM. Stafford is now the second choice behind preseason favorite Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, whose odds range from +400 at DraftKings and PointsBet to +600 at FanDuel.
2. Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray moved up sharply to challenge as a MVP favorite as well after the elusive duel-threat passed for 289 yards and four TDs, while also adding a rushing touchdown. The Cardinals crushed the Titans in Tennessee 38-13. Murray is now +900 at FanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM after opening the season at +2000 to win MVP. His best current MVP odds are .
3. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson opened the season at +2000 to win MVP at FanDuel Sportsbook, and he’s now +1500 and as low as +1100 at PointsBet. Wilson was so efficient in the Seahawks 38-13 road win over the Colts. Seattle had the ball for just 24 minutes and ran 53 offensive plays. But Wilson completed 18-of-23 passes for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns and finished with the second-best passer rating of his career at 152.3. His best available MVP odds sit at .
4. Jameis Winston
While Packers QB Aaron Rodgers MVP odds fell to after one of the worst performances of his career against the Saints, Jameis Winston threw five TD passes is his starting debut for New Orleans. More importantly, he didn’t fumble or throw an interception in 20 pass attempts. Winston said postgame that “decisions over results” is what he learned from Drew Brees as a backup last season. Winston’s early redemption storyline included just 148 passing yards as the Saints ran for 171 rushing yards and pounded the Packers 38-3 in the neutral site game at Jacksonville. FanDuel dropped Winston’s MVP odds from +5000 to +3000, but he’s as low as +1600 to win MVP at PlaySugarHouse. His best available MVP odds are currently .
5. Jalen Hurts
Jalen Hurts is the least likely MVP winner of those with strong Week 1 performances, but there was plenty to like about his performance as the Eagles soared over the Falcons with a 32-6 win. Hurts completed 27-of-35 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception. He also ran the ball seven times for 62 yards in addition to his 126.4 passer rating. Hurts MVP odds went from +5000 to +3000 at FanDuel Sportsbook. His best available MVP odds across legal sportsbooks: .