The most impressive offensive showing this week was from the Miami Dolphins, putting up 36 points in their victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Tua Tagovailoa was the star of the show, throwing for 466 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Tagovailoa’s 466 passing yards are now tied for the fourth-most in a season-opening game in NFL history, behind Norm Van Brocklin, Tom Brady, and Dan Marino. It was just three yards shy of his career high of 469 passing yards in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens last season.
After Tagovailoa’s impressive outing in the victory against the Chargers, was there a shakeup at the top of the leaderboard for the 2023 NFL MVP odds?
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2023 NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa the New Co-Favorite
Entering Week 1, Patrick Mahomes was the sole MVP favorite at +700. After the Kansas City Chiefs’ disappointing loss against the Detroit Lions, his odds remain the same, but he now has a co-favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the award.
The 2023 NFL MVP odds for Tagovailoa were +2200 going into this week. After having one of the best games of his career, Tagovailoa’s odds moved all the way down to +700, now tied with Mahomes as the favorite at DraftKings.
This is a massive jump after one game. Obviously, the biggest concern with Tagovailoa is always health, and his odds going into the season factored that in. If durability was never a concern for him, his odds would’ve been significantly shorter than +2200, especially in this offense with Tyreek Hill (who had 215 receiving yards today) and Jaylen Waddle at wide receiver.
Another excellent game next week could solidify Tagovailoa’s early MVP candidacy even further. The Dolphins have a divisional matchup on prime time in Week 2, playing the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday Night Football. That will give Tagovailoa a national stage to continue to prove himself as a legitimate MVP contender.