Tom Brady MVP Odds Climbing After Week 1 Win
Seven months removed from a Super Bowl 55 victory, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers proved that they hadn't lost a step as they defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 31-29, to open the 2021 NFL season. One of the main contributors to the victory was none other than the ageless wonder, Tom Brady.
The 44-year-old gunslinger completed 31 of his 50 passing attempts, finishing the night with a whopping 379 passing yards and 4 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. That's not even to mention how he led the Buccaneers on a game-winning drive with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Now, Brady is seeing his 2021 NFL MVP odds rise following his impressive performance.
Tom Brady MVP Odds
Brady's odds to be named 2021 NFL MVP currently sit at +850, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Those odds are only second to Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (+500). It's also a pretty significant increase after Brady's odds sat at +1200 before Thursday night's matchup.
If Brady is successful, it will be his fourth time winning the award. NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is the only player in league history to have won it more (five), so it's understandable why Tampa's gunslinger would be unsatisfied with "only" three.
The truth is that Brady has the perfect team surrounding him to go on an MVP-caliber run, especially in the passing game. Wideouts Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin each had over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys, while tight end Rob Gronkowski put up 90 yards while hauling in a pair of scores.
Once eighth-year wide receiver Mike Evans bounces back from his disappointing performance (3 receptions, 24 yards), Tampa Bay's offense will look even more elite en route to a potential MVP run for Brady.
The Buccaneers currently have +550 odds (second) to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Brady continuing Thursday's performance throughout the 2021 season would go a long way in helping Tampa Bay win back-to-back championships.
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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.