In 2020, Josh Allen placed second in MVP voting with four votes, 40 behind Aaron Rodgers. Two years later, Allen has emerged as the favorite to win MVP with 7/1 odds, according to BetMGM. With expectations heightened and an upgraded supporting cast, have the stars finally aligned for Allen? Will he win the NFL MVP Award in 2022?
Upgraded Supporting Cast
This may be the best roster Brandon Beane has put together for Allen. With Gabe Davis as his WR2, along with the additions of TE O.J. Howard, WR Jamison Crowder, and OG Roger Saffold in free agency and RB James Cook in the draft, his offensive weapons/protection is the best he’s ever had. And that’s saying a lot considering the type of production Bills fans have seen him put up the last couple of seasons.
Adding a tight end like Howard to pair with Dawson Knox can only help, as Howard had some pretty solid seasons when he wasn’t stuck behind Rob Gronkowski. In 2018, he totaled 565 yards and five TDs. With the Bills expected to use more two tight end sets this season under new OC Ken Dorsey, having Howard and Knox wreaking havoc on short and intermediate routes will only free up other receivers, getting the offense in a groove.
In 2020, when Allen placed second in voting, he totaled 4,544 yards, 37 TDs, 10 INTs, and a 69.2 completion percentage as well as 421 rushing yards and eight rushing TDs. That was with Stefon Diggs, John Brown, and Cole Beasley as his primary weapons. With the upgraded wide receiver and running back rooms, the sky is the limit for Allen and the Bills offense. Once the running game finds its groove, and Allen can rely on Devin Singletary and James Cook out of the backfield, we should see production from this offense that most Bills fans haven’t seen in three decades.
How His Stats Stack Up
Let’s compare Allen’s 2020 stats to some previous MVP winners:
|Player Name (Year)||Passing Yards||Passing TDs||INTs||Completion %||Rushing Yards||Rushing TDs|
|Josh Allen (2020)||4,544||37||10||69.2||421||8|
|Aaron Rodgers (2021)||4,115||37||4||68.9||101||3|
|Lamar Jackson (2019)||3,127||36||6||66.1||1,206||7|
|Patrick Mahomes (2018)||5,097||50||12||66.0||272||2|
Allen has been putting up MVP caliber numbers the past two seasons and is capable of doing so again.
With Mahomes losing Tyreek Hill, his odds to win MVP went down to 8/1. Aaron Rodgers’ odds fell to 9/1 after the departure of Davante Adams. This leaves Josh Allen as the favorite to win MVP, and the Bills the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
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