2022 NFL MVP: Lamar Jackson increases odds after terrible start

Published on: September 26, 2022, 02:54 am.

Last update: September 26, 2022, 02:54.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the NFL with 10 passing touchdowns and is the fourth-best player in the league, which is why his MVP odds have improved to +700.

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Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens eludes defenders in a win against the New England Patriots in Week 4. Jackson’s offensive value coincides with his rise in MVP odds. (Image: Adam Glanzman/Getty)

With excellent stats through the first three weeks of the season, Jackson is currently third on DraftKings’ NFL MVP betting chart. Josh Allen, the consensus preseason MVP favorite of the Buffalo Bills, is +300 odds to win the MVP. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is second at +600.


  • Josh Allen +300
  • Jalen hurts +600
  • Lamar Jackson +700
  • Patrick Mahomes +700
  • Tua Tagovailoa +1400
  • Justin Herbert +1400
  • Aaron Rodgers +2500
  • Matthew Stafford +2800
  • Tom Brady +3000

** Odds via DraftKings

Jackson and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs are +700 odds to win another NFL MVP award. Mahomes won the MVP in the 2018 season, while Jackson earned MVP honors in 2019. In the preseason, Jackson was +1200 odds to win the MVP.

Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers has won back-to-back prestigious awards. Rodgers is +2500 odds to win the MVP in three straight seasons.

Lamar Jackson: Looking for the bag, 2nd MVP

Jackson wanted to sign the contract extension in the offseason, but his agent couldn’t come to an agreement before the start of the season. Jackson let his performance on the field do the talking. After his sensational start, the Ravens would be foolish not to reward him with a lucrative extension.

Jackson deploys defenses in the air and smashes them to the ground. With 243 yards, Jackson is tied with Christian McCaffrey for fourth-best in the league. Only Nick Chubb (341 yards), Cordarrelle Patterson (302) and Jonathan Taylor (286) have rushed for more yards. Jackson put up those strong numbers in just half as many elite runs this season. Chubb (62 carries) and Taylor (61) lead the league in attempts. Jackson has rushed just 26 times and leads the league with 9.3 yards per carry. Jackson has rushed for two touchdowns and only five other players have more touchdowns.

In Week 3, Jackson completed 56-of-88 passes for 749 yards and just two interceptions. Jackson has thrown 10 touchdowns this season, including three each in the first two games and four in Week 3.

On Sunday, Jackson led the Ravens to a road win against the Patriots and improved to 2-1 on the season. Jackson outran Mac Jones and accounted for five touchdowns in the win, including four touchdown passes and another rushing score. He ran for 107 yards on just 11 carries.

A humble Jackson was happy to get a win after last week’s 42-38 implosion against the Miami Dolphins.

I feel like we’re building more from adversity and playing better from adversity.” Jackson said The Athletic. “We have to keep going though because we have a long season ahead of us.”

Jackson set an NFL record in Week 3 as the first player to throw three touchdowns and rush for more than 100 yards in consecutive games.

On deck: Bills, Bengals, Giants, Browns, Bucs

Jackson can continue to boost his MVP chances by leading the Ravens through their toughest stretch of the season against the league’s elite quarterbacks, including Allen, Tom Brady and Joe Burrow.

The Ravens have a tough six-game stretch leading into a Week 10 bye, including two AFC North foes. In Week 5, the Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals. In Week 7, they host the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens and Browns are tied for first in the AFC North with a 2-1 record. The AFC North is also known as the “Smashmouth Division” due to the hyper-physical games during these divisional battles.

Next week will be a huge challenge, but fans can’t wait to watch Jackson and Allen match up in Week 4. The Buffalo Bills visit Baltimore and the Bills will look to bounce back from Sunday’s disappointing loss to the Dolphins. The Ravens are rare home dogs who are +3.5 against the Bills.

The New York Giants are off to a 2-0 start and look to remain undefeated tonight against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football. The Ravens head to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to take on the much improved Giants in Week 5.

Not to get too far ahead of schedule, but the Ravens have back-to-back non-conference games before the bye week. In Week 8, the Ravens head to Tampa Bay to take on Brady and the Buccaneers. In Week 9, the Ravens head to the Big Easy to play the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome.

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