Lamar Jackson Further Extends His Lead as Odds-On Favorite Over Russell Wilson in NFL MVP Race

Zach Brunner
Houston Texans v Baltimore Ravens
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The NFL MVP race has seemingly come down to just two quarterbacks this season, who have performed incredibly well in their respective conferences. However, it’s become more and more of a one-man race over recent weeks. Lamar Jackson (-320) has surfaced as the clear frontrunner to win the NFL MVP, extending his lead in the odds over Russell Wilson (+340), according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Jackson was at -220 heading into Week 13, ahead of Wilson at +270.

Jackson has been nearly impossible to defend this season. He has 977 rushing yards, which is more than four other NFL teams. He has also completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 2,532 yards (No. 18 in NFL) and thrown for 25 touchdowns (No. 2 in NFL).

The Ravens' quarterback has also been able to limit mistakes overall, throwing just five interceptions and losing his first fumble of the season last week against the San Francisco 49ers.

Wilson has been nothing short of terrific, and he would be talked about much more if Jackson was not on such an impressive run this season. He has completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 3,177 yards and a league-high 26 touchdowns, while throwing just four interceptions. Wilson also adds 284 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, but it looks like nothing next to Jackson's rushing stats.

Rounding out the top five in NFL MVP odds is Deshaun Watson (+1200), Patrick Mahomes (+4000) and Aaron Rodgers (+6000), with Michael Thomas being the first non-quarterback on the list, at +12000.

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