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NFL MVP Content Piece: June 28

By Michael Harty

It’s only fitting that 24 hours after the NHL season has finished we all shift our focus to the next major sport. Although these next few weeks are a good mental break, fall can’t come soon enough. The NFL headlines are slowly creeping back up on more and more timelines as the season approaches. With a couple of blockbuster trades and signings throughout the off-season, this year is sure to be exciting as ever. I’ll be diving into the NFL MVP market, which is a tricky award to handicap. After winning in this market last year with an Aaron Rodgers ticket, I’m hoping to run it back yet again, here goes nothing.

Although the award is titled “Most Valuable Player” it really should be labelled as Most Valuable Quarterback, as it takes a record-breaking season to even be put in the conversation. Cooper Kupp, who won Offensive player of the year last year, had a record-breaking campaign, and even that wasn’t enough to get him to snatch the belt from the bad man, Aaron Rodgers. Had Kupp’s season not been out of this world, his name wouldn’t have sniffed the conversation. Not only is the award largely quarterback-driven, but it is largely based on team success. Although Brady had some better statistical numbers than Aaron, his team was the first seed in the NFC. So now that we know this, I will be looking to bet on a Quarterback of a team that has a chance at being very successful. When you narrow it down, a few names still pop up as potential value spots.

Jalen Hurts has been a hot name that has been thrown out in the betting community, given the hype around the Eagles off-season. Hurts, who left a lot to be desired as a passer last year, got a significant upgrade to his wide receiver room when the Eagles made a draft day splash and acquired AJ Brown from the Titans. With Brown and Devonta Smith forming a 1-2 punch, along with tight end Dallas Goedert, it’s now or never for the 3rd year QB. If Jalen can develop as a passer, which beat reporters believe he can, he will be very live to have a great season as he has all the pieces around him. The next question is do the Eagles have a path to be successful as a team? I believe the answer is yes. The Eagles play in what is often considered as one of the softer divisions in the league, getting the New York Giants and Washington Commanders twice. This season, they will also get the AFC South, which is not a juggernaut by any means. The Jaguars and Texans are undergoing a major rebuild, while Matt Ryan is going to hand the ball off to Jonathan Taylor 35 times a game. The Eagle's win total, which opened at 8.5, has been hit hard and often by sharp bettors and now sits at 9.5 at most betting sites.

Given the development of Hurts as a passer, and the offseason help I believe this is the year we see the player who excelled at Oklahoma in Lincoln Riley’s explosive offense. Hurts, which opened as high as 40/1 is now available at most shops in the 20/1 range, and sits at 26/1 over at BetMGM. His profile and potential team success make him a great darkhorse to overtake the likes of Allen, Mahomes and Rodgers at the top of the board.

RECOMMENDED WAGER: Jalen Hurts (+2600) at BetMGM

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