Parity is always a welcome addition when it comes to sports, and that theme seems to resonate when discussing the race for the NFL’s MVP Award. For the first time in a while, it seems like the race is wide open with a handful of players having a case to be made for the hardware. With the NFL’s schedule heading into the late stretch, it could come down to the last few games to decide which player wins the coveted award.
Here’s a look back at how the top contenders fared in Week 13, with odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Jalen Hurts (+250)
UPDATE: Hurts has dropped to third in the MVP odds at +350.
After leading Philadelphia to a miraculous overtime win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 12, Hurts and the Eagles were on the losing end of their NFC Championship rematch in Week 13. The San Francisco 49ers were in control for much of the game, eventually fending off the Eagles to the tune of 42-19. Hurts finished 22/36 for 235 yards and one passing touchdown to go along with a rushing score.
Patrick Mahomes (+400)
UPDATE: Mahomes threw for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 27-19 loss to the Packers. The Chiefs remain two games up on the Chargers, but they’re now a game back of the Dolphins for the No. 1 seed. Mahomes has dropped to +900 to win the MVP award.
Mahomes will head into a primetime matchup with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. Prior to Sunday night’s showdown, the reigning Super Bowl MVP led the Chiefs to a 31-17 win over the Las Vegas Raiders in what looked like a vintage performance from Kansas City’s signal-caller. Mahomes finished 27/34 for 298 yards and two touchdowns to steer the Chiefs’ season back on track after falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in the week prior.
If Mahomes can lead the Chiefs to another number-one seed in the AFC, it will likely bolster his case for a second consecutive MVP award.
Dak Prescott (+475)
UPDATE: Prescott is now co-favorite with Brock Purdy at +300.
Much has been made of how the Cowboys have fared against inferior competition as opposed to winning teams. On Thursday Night Football, Prescott gave his MVP campaign some ammunition in a 41-35 shootout win over the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys signal caller finished 29/41 for 299 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, as he outdueled Geno Smith (334 yards, 3 passing TDs).
Week 13 MVP power rankings
Week 14 matchups
Hurts and the Eagles may have been handed their second loss of the season, but there’s no time to dwell with another monumental matchup on the horizon. Philadelphia will travel to face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14, with the head-to-head set on the backdrop of Sunday Night Football.
Hurts may have fallen in his NFC Championship rematch, but a confident performance on the road against a division rival can easily catapult him back into the lead for the MVP.
Brock Purdy has a chance to bolster his MVP odds as the 49ers host division rival Seattle Seahawks next week. Mahomes also has a seismic matchup with the Buffalo Bills and despite the latter undergoing a rocky season, the quarterback bout with Josh Allen has the makings of a resume-worthy win when it comes to vying for the MVP award.