After February’s riveting Super Bowl LVI game, which finished 23-20 to the Los Angeles Rams, fans are already eagerly anticipating next season. As headlines continue to be dominated by stories about the draft and free agency, some of the league’s top players are already preparing to lead their teams to the postseason with MVP worthy campaigns. The favorites for the regular-season award, according to NFL odds provided by OddsChecker, include Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott and Joe Burrow. All of these are settled players with the shared belief that they can dominate the season, and take their teams to the Super Bowl.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was, without doubt, one of the league’s best players last season. He helped his team secure back-to-back AFC East division titles with over 400 pass completions at 63 percent for more than 4,400 yards. He also recorded 36 passing touchdowns, six touchdowns and rushed 763 yards. Despite such impressive numbers, Allen was left out of the original Pro Bowl roster in favor of Lamar Jackson, which many observers disagreed with. It will be hard to keep him out this season if he manages to top last year’s numbers, something he seems well-positioned to do with the news that his favorite wide receiver Stefon Diggs has signed a new four-year contract with the Bills.
Patrick Mahomes is another quarterback who enjoyed a stellar 2021 season. He led the Kansas City Chiefs to the AFC West championship, their sixth consecutive title, with over 4,800 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns and 13 interceptions, which was the highest regular season total he has managed so far in his career. One of Mahomes’ 2021 highlights came in week 10 when he threw for over 400 yards and 5 touchdowns for the third time in his career, equaling the NFL record shared by legendary quarterbacks Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Joe Montana. At 26, Mahomes appears to be coming into his prime, so fans can expect similar levels of excellence in his 6th season with the Chiefs.
Iconic Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued to display his remarkable consistency in 2021. His performances in leading his team to the top of the NFC were rewarded with the regular-season MVP award, his second in a row and his fourth overall. He is one of only five players to win back-to-back MVP awards along with Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Brett Favre and Jim Brown. Rodgers threw for over 4,100 yards and 37 touchdowns in the regular season but couldn’t help his team past the 49ers in the playoffs. He’ll hope the 2022 season will be the fifth time lucky for his team’s attempts to get past the Divisional Round after signing a three-year contract extension.
Replacing Cowboys legend Tony Romo is a task that would break many up-and-coming NFL quarterbacks, Dak Prescott took it in his stride, even winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in his first season. Since then, he has steadily developed into one of the league’s most consistent players with impressive numbers each year. Last season he led the Cowboys to the NFC East division title with 4,449 passing yards, 37 touchdown passes and 146 rushing yards. While the Cowboys don’t have the strongest roster, fans will be hoping that Prescott can help reproduce some of their heroic past performances, and lead them to their first Super Bowl since 1995.
Cincinnati Bengals superstar Joe Burrow is a future Pro Bowl quarterback who improved on his rookie campaign in 2020 with some impressive numbers last season. He recorded over 4,600 yards and 34 passing touchdowns, both Bengal’s records, which helped his team win the AFC North title. He followed up his impressive regular season form with elite performances in the playoffs to take his team to the Super Bowl. Despite being sacked 7 times in that game, which contributed to a new NFL playoff record of 19, Burrow threw for over 260 yards and one touchdown in a promising outing that suggests there will be more to come from him this year.
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