MVP: Manning, Rodgers and ... Kaepernick?
August, 20, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Reigning MVP Adrian Peterson is a longer shot than San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in award handicapping for the upcoming season.
Those curious to know where Kaepernick's NFC West rival, Russell Wilson, ranks in oddsmakers' eyes, can check out the chart.
Peyton Manning leads the way at 5-1 odds to win NFL MVP honors, followed by Aaron Rodgers (13-2), Kaepernick (10-1) and Drew Brees (10-1).
Wilson is tied for eighth at 18-1.
Bovada.lv, among the companies providing NFL odds to ESPN.com, distributed its MVP odds Tuesday.
Sam Bradford (75-1) was the only St. Louis Rams player listed. There were no Arizona Cardinals listed. NFC West alums Steven Jackson (66-1) and Alex Smith (75-1) were among the notables. Marshawn Lynch was at 50-1.
Kaepernick is a viable choice based on projected stats. His pace through 10 starts last season (three in the playoffs) would project to better than 3,800 yards passing and 800 yards rushing over a 16-game schedule. Becoming the first player with 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing would certainly put Kaepernick in the discussion.