Tom Brady returned from suspension in dramatic fashion in Week 5. The 17th-year quarterback completed 28-of-40 passes for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns in the New England Patriots’ 33-13 rout of the Cleveland Browns, a performance later deemed worthy of AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Las Vegas took notice.
According to @BovadaLV, Tom Brady now has the third-best odds to win MVP this year at 13/2. Matt Ryan 9/2, Ben Roethlisberger 5/1.
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) October 13, 2016
Brady seems poised for another explosive performance in Week 6. The Cincinnati Bengals visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m., one week after allowing 28 points to the Dallas Cowboys and 227 yards and 1 touchdown on 18-of-24 passing from Dak Prescott.
Matt Ryan is rightly favored to claim the end-of-season hardware, having guided the Atlanta Falcons to an unexpected 4-1 start and a 2-game lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South. Ryan leads all quarterbacks in yards (1,740), 40-plus-yard completions (40), 20-plus-yard completions (26), first downs (75) and average yards per completion (10.4).
Ben Roethlisberger has the Pittsburgh Steelers in pole position atop the AFC North at 4-1. The 13th-year quarterback has 15 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions through 5 games and 1,496 yards.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers is actually tied with Brady for the third-best odds. Rodgers has the Packers at 3-1 and 1.5 games behind the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North with 876 yards and 9 touchdowns through four appearances.
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot has Bovada’s highest odds of any non-quarterback to claim MVP, coming in at an 8/1 chance to earn the award. Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is the only defensive player listed at 20/1 odds. Other notable favorites near the top are Falcons wideout Julio Jones (20/1) and Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (22/1).