Betting odds vary wildly on Philip Rivers for 2020 NFL MVP

Philip Rivers, Nov. 18, 2019 (AP Photo Rebecca Blackwell, File)
Philip Rivers (AP Photo/ Rebecca Blackwell, File)
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While some oddsmakers price Philip Rivers as a realistic candidate for MVP of 2020 NFL season, the Colts’ new quarterback is a longshot at most sportsbooks.

As of Monday, Rivers is listed at 33/1 odds on DraftKings’ MVP futures board, which makes him the 11th betting choice for the award. FoxBet, on the other end of the spectrum, is dealing Rivers at 125/1 odds.

Not much separates Rivers from Jacoby Brissett, now the No. 2 QB on Indianapolis’ depth chart, on some oddsboards. In fact, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook offers both players at 100/1 odds. Brissett is 150/1 at FoxBet.

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It’s clear the Colts’ intention is to start Rivers, but Austan Kas at Number Fire notes Brissett’s performance in 2019 dropped off dramatically after he suffered a knee injury in Week 9 and writes, “if the first eight weeks was the real Brissett, then maybe Indy didn’t need to go sign Rivers.”

It wouldn’t shock to see Frank Reich make a mid-season switch if Rivers isn’t effective. The Colts could also trade Brissett, but a deal to New England – which would make his triple-digit odds in the MVP market awfully tempting – appears less likely as the Patriots add QBs to their roster, most recently former Colt Brian Hoyer.

Here are odds for the top 15 betting choices on DraftKings’ MVP board.

Odds to win 2020 NFL MVP

Patrick Mahomes 4/1
Lamar Jackson 6/1
Russell Wilson 6/1
Tom Brady 14/1
Drew Brees 20/1
Aaron Rodgers 20/1
Deshaun Watson 20/1
Dak Prescott 22/1
Kyler Murray 25/1
Carson Wentz 25/1
Philip Rivers 33/1
Matt Ryan 33/1
Jarrett Stidham 33/1
Derrick Henry 40/1
Baker Mayfield 40/1

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