Brock Purdy was an MVP afterthought entering 2023, but he's now a top contender for the league's prestigious award.
Before you read any further, chew on this: According to Bet MGM Sportsbook, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance actually had better NFL MVP odds than current Niners starter, Brock Purdy.
It's true. Back in May of this year, Lance was a distant +2500 to take home that prize, whereas Purdy was +3000.
Things have changed, though. A lot.
Lance is now off to the Dallas Cowboys where his prospects for winning an MVP award are no better than they were when he was with San Francisco, given he's still No. 3 on the quarterbacking depth chart.
Purdy, meanwhile, is at the helm of a red-hot and undefeated 49ers squad that's 5-0 and boasts the No. 2 scoring offense in the league. And while the quarterback is assisted by an innovative head coach in Kyle Shanahan and a star-studded offensive cast, the numbers Purdy is putting up beyond the first-quarter mark of the 2023 season are pretty stellar.
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Purdy has gone from Mr. Irrelevant, the final pick of the NFL Draft, to a surprising story his rookie year and now to a top-end starter for a Super Bowl-caliber team.
Could there actually be MVP votes heading his way by the time the season is done?
Brock Purdy is now a top contender for NFL MVP award
Right now, the Niners' best offensive player is All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, who'll likely receive some MVP votes this year, too, although the award has gone to a quarterback each year since 2012.
Purdy is arguably the best quarterback going right now, albeit maybe not the most physically gifted. But, the MVP award is often based on stats anyway, and he's got that going for him right now over last year's MVP, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, at least in terms of passer rating.
Purdy is 123.1. Mahomes is at 96.0.
Still, the oddsmakers over at FanDuel have Mahomes as the betting favorite to win MVP this season at +350.
Purdy, meanwhile, is +650, and the only two other players between him and Mahomes are the Miami Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa (+500) and the Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Hurts (+600).
Some may doubt Purdy as a "system quarterback" who only benefits because of a friendly offense with plenty of playmakers, but other starting quarterbacks like the Las Vegas Raiders' Jimmy Garoppolo have had nearly identical contexts with nowhere near Purdy's success.
Regardless, if the second-year pro keeps up the pace he's at now, it'll be awfully difficult to crown anyone else league MVP over him.
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