As much as people are betting against the Arizona Cardinals, two players make the board of 41 players plus the field for futures betting at Caesars Entertainment
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that two of the Arizona Cardinals projected top players in 2019 have made the futures board for NFL MVP at Caesars. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray and running back David Johnson make the list.
With Johnson an established veteran you’d think he’d have better odds at winning the MVP. Nope, Johnson comes in at 100/1 odds while the rookie, yet to play a single down in the NFL, comes in at 75/1.
The leader in the clubhouse is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes at 7/2. That does not come as a surprise.
The worst odds on the board are at 150/1. Five players, including Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans, New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, and Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones, are listed with those odds.
The field comes in at 30/1. The entire list is comprised of quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers. There is not a single defensive player on the board. The certainly could change once the season begins.
Certainly we’d all love to see Murray and Johnson put together a campaign worthy of MVP consideration in 2019. The most important thing is they learn how to win together.
Murray, despite all the reports that he is way ahead of the learning curve and grasping the offense, still needs to be given time to succeed. That doesn’t mean he can’t but let’s not rush things as much as we all want the winning to return to Arizona immediately.
As far as Johnson goes, nothing would be greater than to see him return to his 2015 and 2016 form. He was an MVP candidate in 2016 but after missing most of 2017, his 2018 didn’t exactly spell comeback.