It's no secret that the NFL's MVP award is a competition almost exclusively limited to quarterbacks at this point. Christian McCaffrey not coming close to winning with 2,392 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns last year seemed to confirm that.
But in 2020, another NFC South running back is emerging as a real contender to break the seven-year QB streak. Alvin Kamara's odds to win the NFL MVP award are sitting at +5000 on FanDuel Sportsbook — ranking ninth among all players.
Kamara has some pretty incredible numbers through seven games so far. He's "only" averaging 61.6 rushing yards per game, but he's adding 79.4 yards through the air on 7.9 receptions per game.
His current numbers have him on a 16-game pace for 2,256 yards from scrimmage and 16 touchdowns.
Those numbers may not quite live up to what McCaffrey did in 2019, but the context of their production is very different.
McCaffrey's Panthers went 5-11 and missed the playoffs. Kamara's Saints are 5-2 and will be have an opportunity to move into first place in the NFC South on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Saints QB Drew Brees is having one of his worst seasons in a while, averaging 8.0 adjusted yards per pass attempt (his fewest since 2016), and the team has also been without star wideout Michael Thomas. Kamara is singlehandedly carrying this offense.
The current favorite to win the award is Russell Wilson (-160), but expect Kamara to continue closing the gap if he carries the Saints toward a crucial divisional win this Sunday.
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