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What Week 12 performance means for CJ Stroud’s MVP odds

We take a look at CJ Stroud’s Week 12 game and how his MVP chances have improved or fallen.

Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Houston Texans QB CJ Stroud put up some decent numbers in Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, going 26-of-36 for 304 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also ran for 47 yards on six attempts while scoring a rushing touchdown as well.

However, the Texans lost 24-21, causing a hit to their AFC South and playoff aspirations. The defeat could also impact the odds for Stroud to win NFL MVP.

Currently, Stroud is tied for the seventh-best odds to win NFL MVP at DraftKings Sportsbook. His +1700 odds are tied with 49ers QB Brock Purdy, and they trail the following players on the odds board:

  • Jalen Hurts: +250
  • Lamar Jackson: +350
  • Patrick Mahomes: +400
  • Tua Tagovailoa: +650
  • Dak Prescott: +900
  • Christian McCaffrey: +1600

Note that each of these players are on a team that is still contending for the best record in its respective conference. Stroud’s Texans fell to 6-5, which is on the outside looking into the playoff picture at the moment. Even though the NFL MVP is an individual award, team success goes a long way in determining the serious candidates with a legitimate chance to win.

For reference, Stroud still has better odds to win MVP than players like Trevor Lawrence and Josh Allen, who are +2800 and +3500 respectively at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Despite the longshot odds for Stroud to win MVP, the Texans QB stands in as a massive favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. DraftKings has him at -10000 to take those honors, meaning you would need to wager $10,000 to profit $100 on a bet for Stroud to win OROY. In other words, he pretty much has that award all wrapped up.