Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen listed at 150/1 odds to win NFL MVP
By Avery Duncan
Caesars Palace released updated 2019 NFL MVP odds with Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen making the cut.
If you bet on Patrick Mahomes to win the 2018 NFL MVP award this time last year, your wallet is probably significantly fatter. As a second-year quarterback with little NFL experience under his belt, he was a long-shot to win it. Now in 2019, he’s entering the season as the favorite; can the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen follow suit?
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas unveiled their updated 2019 NFL MVP odds, with Mahomes taking the cake at 7/2. Following the Chiefs quarterback is Tom Brady (7/1), Carson Wentz (7/1), Philip Rivers (7/1), and Andrew Luck (6/1); at the end of the list, you’ll see Allen, at 150/1 odds.
Allen’s 150/1 odds put him alongside Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, and Mike Evans. The casino ranked the quarterback behind all but one (Josh Rosen – U/R) of his fellow 2018 first-round quarterback selections. Baker Mayfield leads the pack at 9/1, with Lamar Jackson (60/1), and Sam Darnold (75/1) trailing. This year’s No. 1 selection Kyler Murray sits at 75/1.
Though there is nothing definite about gambling (that’s basically the definition), odds can be telling. While Caesars Palace ranked Allen low, there is a legitimate reason for his placement on this list. The Wyoming product had an off-and-on rookie season, but his stock continues to grow entering year two.
The Bills stayed the course in developing Allen in the 2019 off-season, as they retained a promising coaching staff and rebuilt the roster around him. The team has surrounded him with a new, sturdy offensive line and a bevy of veteran and potential-laden pass-catchers alike. Allen’s supporting cast held him back last year, but the same may not be said next year.
If Allen can hone in on his missile launcher of an arm and improve his accuracy, his and the Bills’ ceiling is sky-high. But we haven’t seen it yet, which shows in the odds. Whether or not one places a bet on Allen is now in the hands of film review, analytics, and a bit of Kool-Aid.