Rodgers now MVP favorite, Chase back as ROY ‘chalk’

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has overtaken Tom Brady as the favorite to win NFL MVP honors.

Several teams clinched playoff spots in Week 17, but there are still some spots up for grabs in Week 18.

Pittsburgh kept its playoff hopes alive with a win over Cleveland on Monday night, but the Steelers are still longshots to make the postseason. They need a win over Baltimore and an Indianapolis loss to Jacksonville—along with the Chargers-Raiders game not ending in a tie—to make the playoffs.

DraftKings has Pittsburgh listed at +1400, which is twice as long as its odds were going into Week 17 (+700). Baltimore needs even more drama to occur—the Ravens need a win, a Chargers loss, a Colts loss and a Dolphins loss or tie. They are slated at 40/1, giving them the worst odds of any of the seven teams that are still fighting for a spot.

Elsewhere in the AFC, Indianapolis is expected to lock up one of the remaining two spots with a win over Jacksonville. The Colts are -1200 to clinch a playoff berth, as there are several other scenarios that would result in a berth as well. This week’s Sunday Night Football game features the Chargers and Raiders, who are expected to be fighting for the final spot in the AFC.

An Indianapolis loss to Jacksonville earlier in the day could result in a wacky scenario where both the Chargers and Raiders would need just a tie in order to make the playoffs. There would be no motivation for either team to do anything other than run the clock with kneel downs, although that is unlikely to happen.

One DraftKings bettor is hoping that scenario unfolds, placing a $4 wager on a parlay that includes a Colts loss and a draw in all four quarters of Sunday night’s game.

The NFC is not nearly as complicated, with just two teams still alive heading into Week 18. San Francisco is a -145 favorite to make the playoffs, as it needs a win or tie OR a New Orleans loss or tie to clinch its spot. The Saints need a win and a San Francisco loss, which puts them at +110.

Green Bay clinched the top seed in the NFC with its win over Minnesota, which in turn put the Packers (+400) at the top of the Super Bowl betting market. Tennessee has a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win at Houston in Week 18, but the Titans are still 12/1 to win the Super Bowl.

Kansas City—which is priced at +500—is the favorite to come out of the AFC. The Bills (+750), Rams (+850) and Buccaneers (+900) have the next-shortest Super Bowl odds.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers swapped placed with Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady at the top of the MVP market. Rodgers, who was +550 to win the award three weeks ago, is now a -400 favorite. Brady has flipped from -175 to +500.

There has also been a reversal in the Offensive Rookie of the Year market. Cincinnati wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (-250) has overtaken New England quarterback Mac Jones (+190).

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor is the +150 ‘chalk’ to win Coach of the Year. Green Bay’s Matt Lafleur (+175) and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel (+350) are both in the discussion as well.

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