Chargers QB Philip Rivers continues to gain ground in MVP race, according to betting odds
The Los Angeles Chargers have continued their ascension up the standings over the last several weeks that has seen them put themselves into play to grab the top overall spot in the AFC playoff picture.
Much of this has been fueled by the strong campaign that Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers has continued to put together in his 15th year in the league. With that in mind, BetOnline.ag has further increased his odds to third-best to earn the MVP award this season.
This is a significant jump up from the previous odds that were placed last Friday at 9-1 odds a day after the impressive double-digit comeback on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. There is clearly plenty of momentum for Rivers to get some serious consideration to earn the prestigious award for the first time in his career.
This has been taken to the next level following his strong outing against the Chiefs that saw him completely 26-of-38 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns to two interceptions in the 29-28 win. Rivers was on point in the fourth quarter that saw him lead his team back from a 14-point deficit and grab the win in the final seconds in the period behind a last-second touchdown and two-point conversion to second-year wideout Mike Williams.
The 37-year-old is also currently among the league leaders in several offensive categories as he’s currently third with 31 touchdown passes, seventh with 3,951 passing yards, third with a 112.4 passer rating, and fifth with a 69.4 percent completion rate. Rivers has also notched north of 200 passing yards along with posting multiple touchdown passes all but once this year.
This has put his team squarely in the position to potentially overtake the Chiefs for the top spot in the AFC playoff picture if they were to win their final two regular season games and Kansas City was to drop one more game in the process. If that were to happen, it would certainly give Rivers an even more compelling case to earn the MVP award despite Patrick Mahomes putting together a phenomenal campaign in his first full season as the starter. It is an uphill battle to climb for Rivers, but he has a chance to potential leapfrog both Mahomes and Drew Brees depending on things play out.