Wentz MVP Odds Grow After Week 7
Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz is deeply entangled in a quarterback duel, just not with another player on his Eagles. Instead, he’s taking on the GOAT – New England’s Tom Brady – as he continues putting together a breakout, star-making season. Indeed, over the last few weeks, the Carson Wentz MVP debate has kicked into high(er) gear, as he now owns a league-leading 17 touchdown passes and has captained the perennially-disappointing Eagles to a 6-1 record and first place atop the NFC East (and most analysts’ power rankings).
Part of the Carson Wentz MVP argument goes like this: The Eagles always underperform, and without a truly established talent at the quarterback position, they seem doomed to fall back on various bad habits year in and year out. In other words, though a solid quarterback is important to any team, the Eagles can’t seem to find their stride unless they have an MVP-caliber player at the position. In this regard, Wentz fits the bill: he’s made an entire team of talented professionals play consistently better football.
Of course, Tom Brady – who just keeps winning despite having to carry the league’s worst defense on his 40-year-old shoulders – is still the odds-on favorite to win the NFL MVP Award. He’s got a solid lead on Wentz in total yardage, has 15 touchdowns to only two interceptions, and is the only reason the Patriots continue to be convincingly Super Bowl-bound. Bovada has him at +200 to win the league MVP, while Wentz is in second place at +300. (Curiously, Jared Goff – Wentz’ 2016 NFL Draft nemesis and first overall pick – is not on the list, even as his Los Angeles Rams are 4th in the league in total offense, 1st in the league in points per game, and are currently 1st in the NFC West with a 5-2 record against generally better competition. Clearly, Goff is making a similar impact on an historically inferior team, but personal stats matter in the NFL MVP race.)
Right now, Tom Brady remains on pace to win his third NFL MVP, but Wentz is right there. Alex Smith, at +500, isn’t too far behind, either, and Goff is likely to be on the board before the end of the year. Whether or not a Carson Wentz MVP happens this season will remain up for debate, but it’s looking like a sure bet that he’ll get one eventually.
You know, whenever Tom Brady retires.
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