Lamar Jackson becomes the Vegas favorite to win the MVP award

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The race for MVP seems to shift and change on a weekly basis. This week, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson officially has emerged as the favorite.

Via David Purdhum of ESPN.com, Caesars Sportsbook has installed Jackson as the 7-5 favorite to win the award. On Sunday, Jackson and the Ravens trounced Deshaun Watson and the Texans, 41-7.

Hot on Jackson’s heels is Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, at 2-1 odds. Seattle didn’t play this week.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has 9-1 odds, followed by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott at 10-1. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has surged to 15-1, with Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey and Watson dropping to 20-1.

With six weeks left in the regular season, things can change significantly. When the dust settles on the regular season and the playoff seeds have been earned, the clear contenders will be obvious.

And then the votes will be cast. And then we won’t learn who wins the MVP award until the night before the Super Bowl. At which time no one will care about who wins the MVP award.

46 responses to “Lamar Jackson becomes the Vegas favorite to win the MVP award

  1. Winning an NFL MVP award carries with it an unusually high probability that your season will end prematurely in the conference championship, or Superbowl game.

    Notable Superbowl losers:

    – Tom Brady *17
    – Matt Ryan *16
    – Cam Newton *15
    – Peyton Manning *13
    – Peyton Manning *09
    – Tom Brady *07
    – Shaun Alexander *05
    – Steve McNair *03
    – Rich Gannon *02
    – Marshall Faulk *01

    Notable Conference Championship losers
    – Patrick Mahomes *18
    – Aaron Rodgers *14

    Why the hell would anyone want to win this damned thing?!

  2. He will win the MVP but the league will eventually catch up to the Ravens high school offense. Right now they are catching everyone by surprise.

  3. I think the MVP vote should not only happen prior to the WildCard, but it should be announced right after the Conference Championship Games are concluded.

  4. bleedredwhiteandblue66 says:
    November 18, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Run first quarterbacks historically have a short shelf life aside from maybe Steve Young.
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    And how does that matter to any MVP chosen for one specific year… As of right now, he wins it hands down, but there is still a lot of season left to change that.

  5. Russell Wilson’s been doing his magic for 8 years. The only reason he hasn’t won the MVP is his height. There’s an inherent prejudice against any QB of shorter stature. Dang shame!

  6. As a Ravens fan, it’s a blessing just to have a QB in the talks of MVP halfway through the season. Thank you Lamar

  7. Got to give it to LJ if he continues on his present pace. He makes them a much better team and they’re winning. Can’t ask for much more than that.

  8. mediasloppy says:
    November 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    bleedredwhiteandblue66 says:
    November 18, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Run first quarterbacks historically have a short shelf life aside from maybe Steve Young.
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    And how does that matter to any MVP chosen for one specific year… As of right now, he wins it hands down, but there is still a lot of season left to change that.
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    Thinking more big picture. Defenses always catch up.

  9. Lamar Jackson is pretty much a young Mr. Rogers, I don’t get how anyone can root against this young man.

  10. Only one guy can catch him, Wilson. The kid should win it,Lamar is a great player. However, ask any player if they would rather have an MVP trophy or a Super Bowl, yeah we all know what that answer is. Its the biggest reason these guys go out and ball every Sunday.

  11. Key words in the piece were, “things can change significantly.” LJ is good but don’t listen to premature celebration. It’s just not a good strategy, manage expectations instead.

  12. With Lamar being so unstoppable the Ravens must already have home field locked down until the Super Bowl, right? It’s been a while, so they might feel the pressure of being the #1 seed.
    Oh wait, they’re not in first place in the AFC?

  13. rtrudelluwm says:11-8-2019-5:35pm
    “Winning an NFL MVP award carries with it an unusually high probability that your season will end prematurely… Why the hell would anyone want to win this damned thing?!”

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    It’s called the MVP curse. And the last person who won MVP and SB is Kurt Warner in 1999.

  14. I’m not a Seahawks fan but it will be beyond ridiculous if Russell Wilson doesn’t win the NFLs MVP award as he is doing FAR MORE with FAR LESS than Lamar Jackson is, without Wilson SEA is 4-5 win team as that roster just isn’t that good and Wilson single handily wills them to wins week in n week out, he deserves to be the 2019 offensive MVP.

  15. thetooloftools says:
    November 18, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    He only wants a ring. That is what the great ones do.
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    Well if he wants to be a “Great One” he better do better than that egg he laid last year against San Diego, just saying…………..

  16. rtrudelluwm says:

    November 18, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Winning an NFL MVP award carries with it an unusually high probability that your season will end prematurely in the conference championship, or Superbowl game.

    Notable Superbowl losers:

    – Tom Brady *17
    – Matt Ryan *16
    – Cam Newton *15
    – Peyton Manning *13
    – Peyton Manning *09
    – Tom Brady *07
    – Shaun Alexander *05
    – Steve McNair *03
    – Rich Gannon *02
    – Marshall Faulk *01

    Notable Conference Championship losers
    – Patrick Mahomes *18
    – Aaron Rodgers *14

    Why the hell would anyone want to win this damned thing?!
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    The Last MVP that won the Superbowl was Kurt Warner in 1999/2000. Kind of weird how that works out. As a Seahawk fan it pains me to say this but the Ravens have a real feeling of the 2013 Seahawks. Maybe not as dominant on Defense (but they’re getting a lot better as the season goes on), but they have a good defense, good Speical teams, and a second year QB that can run. I think it’s the Ravens vs. 49ers/Seahawks in the Superbowl this year and the Ravens winning it.

  17. jackedupboonie says:
    November 18, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    If he gets it, Ingram won it for him.
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    Sheesh. I’m assuming your just stirring the pot. Hard to argue… he is right at the top of everyone’s rankings right now. Lamar Jackson has gone from “can’t throw, running back, turnover machine” to “WHOOOOOOOOP!” Credit where credit is due.

  18. I would not be upset if either Wilson or LJ won MVP. Both of them are balling out this year and are exciting to watch. I would not even be upset if they were co-winners. Dallas fan.

  19. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 18, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    He will win the MVP but the league will eventually catch up to the Ravens high school offense. Right now they are catching everyone by surprise.

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    Not a Ravens fan, but I don’t think the team or fan base cares if you call it a “high school” offense, or any other term, for that matter; they’re winning games. Isn’t that the point of football?

    It’s especially ironic that their “high school offense”, you know, smoked your team’s “best defense in the league.”

  20. hawkkiller says:
    November 19, 2019 at 1:08 am
    I’m not a Seahawks fan but it will be beyond ridiculous if Russell Wilson doesn’t win the NFLs MVP award as he is doing FAR MORE with FAR LESS than Lamar Jackson is, without Wilson SEA is 4-5 win team as that roster just isn’t that good and Wilson single handily wills them to wins week in n week out, he deserves to be the 2019 offensive MVP.
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    And without Lamar, what would the Ravens be? There is not a single QB in this league that can make this offense the Ravens run as dominant as it is. And for the people calling it a high school offense, go watch the tape. The Ravens are running a 3 TE set that’s been used in the NFL for years. The difference? Lamar’s skillset and the fact that they run it out of pistol to take advantage of his skillset. In a league where every Defense is built to stop these high octane passing games, he’s changing the game. Got a great pass rush? It doesn’t matter, you can’t rush him wide. Want to confuse him with blitzes and disguises? Doesn’t matter, he’ll just run away from it and now you’re out of position. Want to go 6 or 7 DBs like the Chargers did in the Playoffs last year? Fine, good luck getting getting off blocks and dealing with 3 huge TEs and Offensive Lineman that get to the second level when he hands it off to Ingram.

    Look, I’m not saying that Russell Wilson isn’t deserving. No question he’s a leading candidate at this point in the season. But so is Lamar. You take either of these QBs off their team and they’re mediocre. Both are making the players around them better, just in different ways. You can argue that Lamar’s defense is playing better than Russell’s currently, but on offense, Lamar began the season with 3 unproven TEs, a rookie WR, and 4 WRs most can’t name outside of maybe Willie Snead. Yes he has Ingram, but he’s not a game changer.

  21. The MVP award is based on Jersey sales. Popularity contest. Not that the dude isn’t play great ball, but the person who deserves the award rarely wins it.

  22. Lamar Jackson is just the flavor of the month.
    Russell Wilson routinely pulls magic from his hat week after week, and he’s definitely on the weaker roster to boot.

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