Christian McCaffrey is Being Disrespected in Odds to Win NFL MVP Award Next Season

Jason Schandl
Christian McCaffrey's odds to win NFL MVP next season have him as a long shot.
Christian McCaffrey's odds to win NFL MVP next season have him as a long shot. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Christian McCaffrey just turned in one of the most impressive seasons we've seen from a running back in a long time. He eclipsed 1,000 yards both on the ground and through the air, finishing as the NFL's leader in both touchdowns (19) and yards from scrimmage (2,392).

He was overshadowed by Lamar Jackson's breakout year, though, and Jackson ran away with the NFL MVP award.

Christian McCaffrey MVP Odds 2020

Odds have already been released for next year's MVP, and McCaffrey is getting some seriously long odds at, +5000 on FanDuel Sportsbook, implying just a 2 percent chance that he wins the award next season.

Sure, the NFL MVP has largely been a QB award in recent years, but the last non-QB to win it was a running back (Adrian Peterson). We also haven't exactly had a bunch of backs producing like McCaffrey lately.

Lamar Jackson overshadowed McCaffrey, destroying the single-season QB rushing record, while also leading the NFL with 36 touchdown passes as the Baltimore Ravens finished the regular season 14-2. He's going to be a threat to win again, but some of his stats (like his NFL-high 9.0 percent touchdown rate) are not going to be easy to replicate, even if he's still playing great football.

McCaffrey's elite production was supported by elite volume, as he was fourth in the NFL in rushing attempts (287) as well as second in receptions (116). That kind of a combination is unprecedented, and that kind of usage makes McCaffrey exactly the kind of unicorn that it could take to buck the QB-heavy trend in the MVP conversation.

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