NFL MVP Race: Jalen Hurts among favorites after hot start
Eagles’ starting QB Jalen Hurts is coming off the best game of his NFL career on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
Hurts completed 84% of his passes for 333 yards while rushing for 57 yards and adding two touchdowns on the ground. The product of his performance has jumped Jalen Hurts into the way-too-early MVP conversation.
Where does Jalen Hurts stand?
Before the game, Hurts was +1600 to win the regular season MVP award. Even crazier, he was +4000 to win the award prior to the season. After week 2, Hurts is ranked third as one of the MVP favorites at +800, just behind Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes.
QB comparisons — first two weeks
- Jalen Hurts: 576 Passing yards, 69.8 cmp%, 147 Rush yards, & 4 total touchdowns
- Josh Allen: 614 Passing yards, 75.4 cmp%, 66 Rush yards, & 8 total touchdowns
- Patrick Mahomes: 595 Passing yards, 73 cmp%, 5 rush yards, & 7 total touchdowns
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While this is a drastic improvement, it’s hard to see Hurts winning the award over the other two candidates. Allen and Mahomes are the top two QBs in the league. The fact that Hurts is even here is phenomenal.
With that said, the other two candidates play in the AFC, which will be a bloodbath this season. A significant factor in deciding the MVP award is team success. If the Eagles find a way to finish as the NFC’s #1 seed, that could sway the odds in Hurt’s favor.
Philadelphia is currently at +1300 odds to win the Super Bowl. Before the season, the Eagles were +2500 to win the whole thing. Even though Philly (and Jalen Hurts more specifically) have impressed early on, both Buffalo (+400) and Kansas City (+650) have the best odds to win the Super Bowl.
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