Weingarten: Kupp A Legitimate MVP Candidate? Reid for Coach of the Year?

December 22, 2021 03:02 PM
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With just a few weeks left in the regular season, the playoff races aren't the only ones to follow. Jason Weingarten updates the NFL MVP chase and also the Coach of the Year market.

NFL MVP

Odds from DraftKings

Rodgers + 125

Brady + 200

Taylor + 750

Stafford + 1000

Mahomes + 1200

Allen + 1800

Kupp + 3500

Tom Brady was shut out for only the third time in his career on Sunday night against the Saints. People will make excuses for Brady whenever he loses a game and against the Saints, the excuse is that he was playing with backups most of the game after Godwin, Evans and Fournette exited the game early with various injuries. But, those are just excuses. Great players win with what they are given, and on Sunday night Brady couldn’t win. He couldn’t do much of anything with the players he was given. And, we might have just seen his MVP chances slip away. The Bucs finish the season with two games against the Panthers, and the Jets in between, and I’m not sure three weeks of beating up on bad teams is going to win Brady back the MVP against a contested field. Although, he is Tom Brady so he might just win it anyways, you can never really rule that out. 

Aaron Rodgers has overtaken Brady as the favorite at most books, with a few exceptions where they are listed as co-favorites. Rodgers is putting up an MVP-level season, excluding a Week 1 loss against the same Saints team that beat Brady twice. Losing to the Saints shouldn’t disqualify Brady or Rodgers from winning MVP, but their struggles against a borderline playoff team should be noted. I also think some voters are going to hold Rodgers’ COVID stuff against him when it comes to voting and that might help Brady the most. If the MVP is just the award for the best quarterback in 2021 Rodgers might win, but I’m not convinced he’s going to be voted the MVP.

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