With the 2017 NFL regular season in the books and the postseason start just days away, online sportsbook BookMaker.eu has released odds for two of the league's most prestigious honors -- Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year. Here's a peek at the odds.
Who will win the NFL's 2017 MVP Award?
Tom Brady, Patriots: -350
Todd Gurley, Rams: +400
The odds are overwhelmingly in Brady's favor as a successful $350 bet will net you $100 profit. The 40-year-old quarterback led the league in passing yardage for the third time in his career -- and the first time since 2007.
His 2017 stats: 4,577 yards, 32 TD passes, eight interceptions.
The four-to-one TD-to-pick ratio is impressive, as well as the leadership he commands on the field. Those two factors combined shout, "MVP!"
This was a year where three contenders, Carson Wentz, Antonio Brown and Deshaun Watson, all saw their MVP-caliber seasons cut short due to injury. Despite missing the final three games, Wentz still led the NFL in touchdown passes entering Week 17, before Russell Wilson claimed that honor on the final day. Steelers wideout Antonio Brown had a shot to break Calvin Johnson's single-season receiving yardage record set in 2012 before his Week 15 leg contusion, and Watson lasted just seven games before a torn ACL abruptly halted his rookie campaign.
Rams running back Gurley was barely lurking on the MVP periphery until the final quarter of the season. He was held out in the season finale against the 49ers, but in his three previous games he rushed for 366 yards and scored a whopping eight touchdowns -- three by air.
He rushed for 1,305 yards, just 22 short of NFL leader Kareem Hunt. But he gained 2,093 yards from scrimmage and a league-best 19 scores.
The only other realistic contender is Wilson, who led the league with 34 TD passes, but losing to the Cardinals at home in a must-win Week 17 game won't win over any voters who might have been on the fence. Plunk down a hefty sum for a paltry profit, Brady will be MVP.
There are plenty of worthy Coach of the Year contenders, but like the MVP race, only one man stands out. Here is the field.
Who will win the NFL's 2017 Coach of the Year Award?
Sean McVay, Rams: -275 -- Just call McVay Anne Sullivan because he was 2017's version of the Miracle Worker. He took over a moribund franchise mired in mediocrity and transformed it into a thrilling, vertical-stretching, high-charged offense. The Rams increased their 2016 win total from four to 11 and more than doubled their point total. What McVay accomplished is nearly unprecedented. He deserves the award.
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Bill Belichick, Patriots: +350 -- Ho-hum. Just another 13-3 season. If New England had lost Brady and locked down 13 wins without him Belichick would be my winner.
Mike Tomlin, Steelers: +750 -- Pitt's head honcho also secured 13 victories but he had the league's top receiver and third-leading rusher in a mediocre AFC North. No cigar, Mike.
Sean Payton, Saints: +800 -- After three consecutive 7-9 seasons, the Saints are postseason-bound but much of the credit should go to the revamped defense and likely Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara.
Doug Pederson, Eagles: +1000 -- It's a bit surprising to see the third 13-3 coach on the list at 10/1. He deserves to be just behind McVay, but at this price it's a decent value bet.
Doug Marrone, Jaguars: +1500 -- Nobody expected Jacksonville to reach .500 let alone capture the AFC South. Jags fans wanted to run Blake Bortles out of town, now they serenade him. At 15/1, this seems pretty low but no way does he best McVay.
Field: +2000 -- Uhh, not to get all Cher Horowitz, but hello? Why is Mike Zimmer apparently not in the mix for Coach of the Year? He only went 13-3 with his third-string quarterback and claimed the NFC North two weeks before Christmas. Take $20 out of your pocket, bet it on the field and you have a semi-decent shot walking away $400 richer.