Only one player (Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs) is ahead of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz to win 2019 NFL MVP in BetOnline.ag’s odds books, per The Athletic’s Jon Machota.
Wentz sits at 9/1 odds to win the prestigious award, ahead of Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield, and New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees.
It should come as no surprise to see Wentz so high in the odds list. Before his season-ending ACL tear late in 2017, Wentz was on his way to winning the award in his second-year of NFL play. For the 2017 season, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions on a 60.2% completion rate while going 11-2.
In 2018, Wentz showed some rust from the ACL tear while a back injury forced him to play just 11 games. In that span, he went 5-6 while throwing for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions on a 69.6% completion rate.
Though Wentz’s health is a cause for concern entering 2019, he affirms that it’s the opposite. Despite missing all of the preseason, he’s ready to go Week 1 and to get that first hit over with, saying, via Pro Football Talk:
“I’m ready for Week 1. “I’m really not worried about it [getting hit], to be honest. Every year, coming in, it’s always going to be that first hit, no matter if it’s three months off, six months off, 10 months, 12 months. It doesn’t really matter. That first hit wakes you up real quick and it’s football mode again.”
It appears as if gambling firms aren’t too worried about his injuries and expect another MVP caliber year after an offseason of recovery.