Updated 2014 NFL MVP Odds

Updated 2014 NFL MVP Odds

The 2014 NFL MVP odds change by the week. Since they were first released back in early July, the meter has either risen or fallen on several of the leading candidates. A handful of training camp reports and three preseason game performances is all it takes to cause a shift in the tide. Who is the biggest threat to Peyton Manning? Is there a longshot worth serious consideration? Can a non-quarterback challenge for the trophy? Here’s a peek at the most recent MVP odds.

Peyton Manning 7/2 – He’s still the leading choice but as the regular season inches closer, Pey-Pey is looking less and less attractive. Wes Welker’s continuing concussion issues could end his season/career prematurely. Emmanuel Sanders is a quality replacement for Eric Decker, but he has only 11 career touchdown catches and lacks Decker’s size and physicality. Remember: Prior to 2013, Manning tossed 40-plus scores just once.

Aaron Rodgers 6/1 – The buzz surrounding the Packers offense and Rodgers in particular is building. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are a potent receiving duo and Eddie Lacy is a legit bellcow back with better than average hands. In addition, Rodgers appears motivated to put last year’s injury and disappointing playoff exit behind him. His 6/1 number isn’t great, but he’s a safer bet than Manning.

Drew Brees 8/1 – If you don’t like Rodgers, Brees makes for an excellent alternative. Three consecutive 5000-yard seasons and six straight with over 33 touchdowns. A potential Top 5 defense and a trio of solid running backs doesn’t hurt his chances, either. Sure he lost Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, but Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, and dynamic rookie Brandin Cooks should provide plenty of downfield firepower.

Andrew Luck 12/1 – Was 16/1 back in July, so bettors are beginning to climb aboard the Luck train. Despite a deeper receiving corps, there is still some concern that offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will hinder Luck’s success. That said, Trent Richardson’s declining reliability and a porous secondary should force Hamilton to lean on his best player more often than not.

Jay Cutler 20/1 – Another signal-caller gaining momentum is Cutler, who has arguably the league’s most dangerous receiving duo in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Throw in dual threat runner Matt Forte and Cutty’s arsenal is pretty stacked. The biggest issue with Cutler is health; he hasn’t played a full season since 2009.

Russell Wilson 20/1 – Wilson has been tearing it up in August, for whatever that’s worth. With a supposed healthy Percy Harvin, there is reason to believe the ‘Hawks will pass more than the previous two seasons. Wilson’s rushing numbers also add to his value; he scored three rushing touchdowns in the last two preseason games. The stifling defense still gets most of the attention in Seattle, but if Wilson leads them to the best record, an MVP could be in his future.

Cam Newton 33/1 – Recovering from ankle surgery and now has a cracked rib. Newton hasn’t had the best of offseasons. And lest we forget, the Carolina wide receivers are either old, slow, or unproven. Steer clear of Cam.

Johnny Manziel 75/1 – Johnny Football isn’t even the starter, won’t have Josh Gordon for at least half of the season, and lacks the size to match his reckless style of play. And Dalton at 100/1 makes more sense than Manziel at 75/1.