Packers: Aaron Rodgers closes the gap to Tom Brady in MVP odds

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a two-way race for the 2021 NFL MVP award. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is very much in the mix.

Following the Packers’ win over the Baltimore Ravens, I wrote that Rodgers was pulling himself into the conversation for a second straight MVP award. What soon followed was Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers being shut out by the New Orleans Saints.

It’s made a big difference in the odds.

According to WynnBET’s odds, Tom Brady remains the favorite, but only just. WynnBET gives Brady +145 odds to win the MVP award. Aaron Rodgers is just behind with +175 odds.

Matthew Stafford and Patrick Mahomes are way behind with +1000 odds, then Jonathan Taylor with +1200 odds.

Simply put, it seems to now be a two-way race between Rodgers and Brady.

Rodgers threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns against the Ravens and he made some of his best throws of the season. Following the game, I wrote that “Brady is still the frontrunner and would likely need a poor final four games to lose the award”.

Well, Brady struggled on Sunday night. The Bucs were shockingly shut out by their division rivals with Brady throwing for 214 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, and he also fumbled once.

While Brady did lose his top two wide receivers and running back, in truth the Buccaneers were struggling to move the ball even before then.

It’s just one bad performance. Rodgers also had a tough game against the Saints in Week 1.

But with three games to go, Rodgers is on fire and looking comfortable even on an injured toe. Brady, meanwhile, will need to adjust with some of his top targets potentially out due to injury.

It’s still Tom Brady’s MVP award to lose, but don’t count out reigning champ Aaron Rodgers. If he continues to play as he has in recent weeks, Rodgers will have every chance of winning his fourth MVP award.