NFL MVP candidates 2020
Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

We are now almost four full weeks through the 2020 NFL season. There’s been some absolutely brutal quarterback play in those first few weeks. However, there’s also been some standout signal callers making major noise.

From Russell Wilson and young quarterback Josh Allen to players at positions who don’t normally merit NFL MVP consideration, we check on the NFL MVP odds heading into Week 5. Will a non-quarterback win the award for the first time since Adrian Peterson back in 2012? Let’s look at this and more below in checking out the players with the top odds to win the NFL’s top individual award

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2020 NFL MVP: Who are the front runners?

  • Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: This is how good Russell Wilson is. He threw an interception during Week 2’s victory over the Miami Dolphins and it was an absolute shock. Playing the best football of his career, this Super Bowl champ heads into Week 5 on pace for 5,140 passing yards and what would be an NFL record 64 scoring tosses. He also has Seattle at 4-0 on the season and averaging 35.5 points per game. Odds are that he’ll come away with the first MVP of his career.
  • Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills: The progression we’ve seen from Allen since the Bills made him a top-seven pick back in 2018 has been nothing short of extraordinary. Not only does the third-year quarterback have the Bills at 4-0 on the season, he’s in the midst of an historical season. Allen is completing north of 70% of his passes for 1,326 yards. He’s also accounted for 15 total scores and just one interception. Those are some absurd numbers right there. They also have Allen with some of the best odds to win the NFL’s top individual honor.
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: What this dude continues to do is just amazing. Rodgers has the Packers at 4-0 on the season and averaging north of 38 points per game. He’s completing over 70% of his passes for nearly 1,200 yards with 13 scores and zero interceptions through four games. Rodgers tore apart a good Saints defense in Week 3 without Davante Adams in the mix before taking care of business against a bad Falcons team Monday night.
  • Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys: Prescott’s ability to lead the Cowboys back from a 15-point deficit earlier this year against the Atlanta Falcons definitely put him on the radar. However, this team must win more games if Prescott is going to have a chance at the hardware. That was magnified during last Sunday’s 49-38 loss to the Browns. Statistically, Prescott is on pace for 6,720 passing yards and 48 total touchdowns. Those numbers are hard to ignore. If Dallas gets it on track defensively, Prescott’s odds will go up a ton.

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Past two winners have a shot at the 2020 NFL MVP

  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens: This former first-round pick won the award going away as a sophomore last season. Jackson has also picked up where he left off last year. The dual-threat quarterback has accounted for eight touchdowns and one interception while putting up north of 1,000 total yards in four games. He also has Baltimore averaging a whopping 30.5 points per game.
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: Despite some early struggles against the Patriots Monday night, Mahomes is still out here playing at a high level after earning the Super Bowl MVP back in February. The 2018 NFL MVP has accounted for 12 total touchdowns compared to zero interceptions. He’s also put up 1,134 through the air and has the defending champs at a perfect 4-0 on the season.

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  • Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints: What we saw Kamara do against the Green Bay Packers earlier in the year was nothing short of extraordinary. He was the Saints’ offense, going for 197 total yards and two touchdowns. Kamara then followed that up with a 119-yard outing in a win over the Lions this past Sunday. The stud running back is now on pace for 2,228 total yards and 28 touchdowns. That seems good. If a non-quarterback is to win the MVP, Kamara’s odds have to be up there. That’s for sure.
  • Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Don’t look now, but Brady should now be in the conversation following a five-touchdown performance against the Los Angeles Chargers. In his first year with Tampa Bay, the six-time Super Bowl champion has the team in the midst of a three-game winning streak. He’s also on pace for nearly 4,500 yards with 44 touchdowns. Brady just needs to get those interceptions (four) down.

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When will the 2020 NFL MVP be announced?

Typically, the NFL MVP is announced at an awards show the day before the Super Bowl. We have absolutely no idea if that’s going to be the case due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the show is held, it will be February 6 of 2021 from Tampa Bay — one day before Super Bowl LV.

Vincent Frank
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