On December 6, 2023, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy became the new betting favorite to win the NFL MVP at +300 odds, according to an update by DraftKings. This comes after the 49ers defeated defending NFC champions, the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13, and Purdy put on a near-flawless performance.
The Chief’s quarterback Patrick Mahomes is currently at +850 odds and attempting to win a third MVP award. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2019 MVP winner, is at +900 odds to win his second MVP in a five-season span.
There seems to be some debate among 49ers’ fans on whether Purdy can be the MVP favorite when he’s not even the best player on his own team. Running back Christian McCaffrey has been a standout player, posting 17 touchdowns in 12 games.
In South Florida, there is strong MVP support for Miami Dolphins wide receiver, Tyreek “Cheetah” Hill, with 93 receptions for 1,481 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games.
This MVP race has strong competition, with the last non-quarterback MVP being Adrian Peterson in 2012. Since 2007, Peterson is the only non-quarterback to win the MVP award.
The last wide receiver to come close to winning the MVP was 49ers legend Jerry Rice during the 1987 season, where he finished second in voting behind Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway despite having superior stats. Clearly, this season’s MVP race is shaping up to be an interesting one.