Increase your hand in the event you predicted Matt Ryan would take house the 2016 NFL MVP award …
…. Proper, anybody who did, you are a liar. Whereas most seen Ryan as a strong quarterback previous to the beginning of the final marketing campaign, nearly nobody gave him a sensible shot at being topped the king of the common season.
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Actually, bookmakers gave Ryan round ninety-1 odds to win MVP, and that quantity dropped to one hundred-1 in some locations as soon as the Atlanta Falcons misplaced their season opener.
So, with Ryan’s longshot odds in thoughts, listed here are equally favored candidates who’ve the perfect shot at being named MVP in 2017. A full listing of odds (courtesy of Bovada) could be discovered within the above-linked piece.
Jameis Winston (sixty six-1)
The Buccaneers’ additions of broad receiver DeSean Jackson and rookie tight O.J. Howard has many salivating over the Winston-led offense, which already boasts Mike Evans, Doug Martin, and Cameron Brate.
The sky could possibly be the restrict for the Bucs, which is why it is shocking to seek out Winston with such lengthy odds. At sixty six-1, Tampa Bay’s franchise quarterback is not as ignored as Ryan was, however he has an actual shot at emulating his fellow NFC South resident’s success if the offense clicks. Winston does have to rein in his WTF-sort passes, however his gunslinger angle and love of creating throws different quarterbacks do not even contemplate might give him the kind of signature performs wanted to win MVP.
Whereas Winston’s youth and potential imply a breakout would not be as surprising as Ryan’s profession yr on the age of 31, it might nonetheless be a shock to see him leap over the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, although voters have proven a bent to get tired of the standard quarterback candidates and sometimes look to crown the brand new era as quickly as potential.
Odell Beckham Jr. (sixty six-1)
There are few greater stars within the NFL than Beckham, however historical past is firmly towards any vast receiver taking house this specific honor. Actually, zero wideouts have ever been named MVP.
So, why might 2017 be totally different? First, as talked about earlier than, Beckham is among the league’s most recognizable faces and lauded skills. A lot so, that he is the Giants’ most essential offensive participant, forward of quarterback Eli Manning. For a receiver to beat out his personal quarterback for MVP – working underneath the idea that one would wrestle to have an elite season with out the opposite doing in order properly – the move-catcher should shine a lot brighter, and it is easy to ascertain Beckham being extra closely praised for New York’s success.
Secondly, Beckham is a flat-out stud. Sure, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard will get their targets, however their presence will solely assist Beckham. New York’s one-handed catch wizard is in a tier with solely Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, and whereas these two have arguably hit their peak, Beckham has but to.
Add in a have to show himself after an offseason of criticism and with the prospect of a brand new, probably document-setting contract extension looming after this yr, Beckham is among the most intriguing longshot candidates.
Marshawn Lynch (one hundred-1)
The NFL is all about storylines, and what narrative might rival Lynch popping out of retirement to return to his hometown Raiders and going Beast Mode on all the league?
At 31 years previous, and coming off a yr on the sidelines, there is no assure Lynch would be the similar dominant pressure, however he could not have landed in a greater state of affairs, with Oakland one of many league’s most full groups.
With Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree, and Amari Cooper to fret about, no protection will have the ability to persistently load up the field towards Lynch. And with perhaps the NFL’s greatest offensive line forward of him, the bruiser might produce some elite numbers, even when he is not fairly the identical participant as throughout his Seahawks days.
Operating backs are the second commonest MVP winners, and whereas Lynch faces stiff competitors from different backs like Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson, do not underestimate the influence his storyline might have on voters.
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