Quarterbacks dominate the preseason odds for 2023 NFL MVP, filling the first 24 spots on the odds list and 29 of the top 30 (Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson is the outlier, and he’s at +10000).
Despite the big names at the top of the list — Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills, Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals, Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles, even new Jets QB Aaron Rodgers — another player has caught the eye of early MVP bettors:
PointsBet and Caesars Sportsbook both reported Fields has gotten the most bets to win MVP.
PointsBet said Fields has received 18.7% of the MVP bets.
One bettor from Illinois put down $1,000 on Fields at +4000 (to win $41,000 total) with Caesars in March.
Jackson (1,206 yards in 2019) and Fields (1,143 last season) have the top two rushing seasons for a QB in NFL history. Fields owns the NFL single-game rushing yards record for a QB with 178 on 15 carries against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 6.
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Fields has struggled as a passer in his two seasons, going 351-for-588 passing (59.7%) for 4,112 yards, 24 touchdown passes, 21 interceptions and a 79.7 passer rating.
The No. 11 pick in 2021 is 5-20 as a starter for the Bears. He’s received one MVP vote, and that was a fifth-place vote in 2022.
So why the MVP optimism on Fields despite the Bears coming off a 3-14 season?
Reinforcements have arrived in Chicago, which traded the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft to Carolina for receiver DJ Moore, two first-round picks and three second rounders.
And Fields plays the right position to be an MVP candidate – quarterbacks have won the MVP the past 10 seasons and 15 of the previous 16 years.
2023 NFL MVP ODDS *
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs: +600 (bet $10 to win $70 total)
Josh Allen, Bills: +700 (bet $10 to win $80 total)
Joe Burrow, Bengals: +700 (bet $10 to win $80 total)
Justin Herbert, Chargers: +900 (bet $10 to win $100 total)
Jalen Hurts, Eagles: +1200 (bet $10 to win $130 total)
Aaron Rodgers, Jets: +1600 (bet $10 to win $170 total)
Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars: +1600 (bet $10 to win $170 total)
Dak Prescott, Cowboys: +1600 (bet $10 to win $170 total)
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins: +1600 (bet $10 to win $170 total)
Lamar Jackson, Ravens: +1600 (bet $10 to win $170 total)
Justin Fields, Bears: +2000 (bet $10 to win $210 total)
Deshaun Watson, Browns: +2600 (bet $10 to win $270 total)
Jared Goff, Lions: +2600 (bet $10 to win $270 total)
Geno Smith, Seahawks: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 total)
Jordan Love, Packers: +3500 (bet $10 to win $360 total)
Derek Carr, Saints: +3500 (bet $10 to win $360 total)
Russell Wilson, Broncos: +4000 (bet $10 to win $410 total)
Kenny Pickett, Steelers: +4000 (bet $10 to win $410 total)
Brock Purdy, 49ers: +4000 (bet $10 to win $410 total)
Kirk Cousins, Vikings: +5000 (bet $10 to win $510 total)
Matthew Stafford, Rams: +6000 (bet $10 to win $610 total)
Mac Jones, Patriots: +6000 (bet $10 to win $610 total)
Daniel Jones, Giants: +7500 (bet $10 to win $760 total)
Trey Lance, 49ers: +9000 (bet $10 to win $910 total)
Ryan Tannehill, Titans: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Kyler Murray, Cardinals: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Justin Jefferson, Vikings: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Sam Howell, Commanders: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Jimmy Garoppolo, Raiders: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Sam Darnold, 49ers: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
* = as of 8/8/2023
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