Brock Purdy isn't just flirting with the MVP discussion. After he beat Jalen Hurts and the Eagles, Purdy is now squarely in the thick of the award, and the odds prove it.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has long since moved beyond the realm of being a "cool" story after he was selected with the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.
No longer Mr. Irrelevant, a very relevant Purdy has put his name into accolade lists and onto record books with others who are Hall of Famers. Case in point, Purdy is now one of only three Niners quarterbacks to have tossed a perfect 158.3 passer rating in a game, the other two being Joe Montana and Steve Young.
A simple Google search will reveal more records Purdy has broken or reached during his brief two years in the NFL.
And what he's doing so far this season has been, well... unequalled in many ways:
A long shot to even sniff such an accolade prior to the regular season beginning, Purdy's latest victory over quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles potentially makes San Francisco's signal-caller an MVP favorite.
At least damned close, and the odds prove it.
Brock Purdy now tied for 2nd best NFL MVP odds after beating Jalen Hurts, Eagles
Perhaps words are best used by ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, who argued that Purdy doesn't just deserve to be in the MVP discussion, but rather he's owning it:
Those words were in the wake of Purdy going 19-of-27 for 314 yards with four touchdowns against zero interceptions for a 148.8 passer rating in the 42-19 one-sided win over Philly. And that was after he entered Week 13 with a league-leading 70.2 completion percentage and 112.3 passer rating
Hurts, another MVP front-runner, was good in the game, too. But it was Purdy who led the show.
In the wake of Purdy's performance, it's only understandable to react to where he sits in the NFL MVP discussion.
Hint: It's high.
The oddsmakers over at FanDuel revised their betting odds for NFL MVP after the game, and Purdy is now tied with Hurts, long considered to be a favorite, at +350.
The top six are as follows:
- QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (+300)
- QB Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (+350)
- QB Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers (+350)
- QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (+600)
- QB Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (+800)
- QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (+800)
Prescott, too, has been putting up eyebrow-raising numbers this season, yet even he fell victim to Purdy and the Niners back in Week 5 by a score of 42-10.
While head-to-head contests don't necessarily decide MVP races, it might help Purdy's case to know that both Hurts and Prescott were both wholly outshined by Purdy when playing against San Francisco.
Maybe that'll be what tips the balance in favor of Mr. Irrelevant.
Betting odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.