Lamar Jackson MVP Odds Skyrocket Following Impressive Performance on Sunday Night Football

Max Staley
New England Patriots v Baltimore Ravens
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Lamar Jackson put on a show last night, knocking off the previously undefeated New England Patriots, 37-20. He played like a create-a-player in "Madden," making New England's defense look silly on a ton of missed tackles, racking up 61 rushing yards, 163 passing yards and three total touchdowns.

After that performance, Jackson has surged to the top of the 2019 NFL MVP race, as he and Russell Wilson are now the co-favorites to win the award, with +300 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Jackson is now on a 16-game pace to throw for 3,626 yards and 24 passing TDs. Clearly, he's much improved as a passer from last season, but he's as dynamic a rusher as ever. The second-year signal-caller is on pace to rack up 10 TDs on the ground and run for 1,274 yards as well, numbers that would set the NFL's all-time, single-season rushing record by a QB.

His performance last night was impressive in itself. So much so that he closed the gap on Wilson, while also leapfrogging Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson in the MVP odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Russell Wilson NFL MVP Odds and Stats

But Wilson has arguably been just as dynamic as Jackson this season. After tossing five touchdowns in an overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wilson now has 22 passing TDs to just one interception in 2019. He's on a 16-game pace to throw for 4,455 yards and 39 passing TDs, both of which would be career bests, so it's no wonder he's one of the leaders in the NFL MVP odds race at +300.

While Jackson and Wilson currently sit atop the list of favorites to win the NFL MVP award, it's too early to rule out players like Rodgers (+500), Watson (+500) and even Patrick Mahomes (+1200).

With about half the season yet to be played, there's still plenty of time for someone to make a late run at the 2019 NFL MVP award.

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