Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is almost guaranteed to win the 2023 NFL MVP award.
Jackson has led the Ravens to first place in the AFC, throwing seven touchdown passes and posting an outstanding quarterback rating of 102.7 over the past two Games. The 2019 league MVP has done it again. He played at an elite level and led the team to a chance to win the Super Bowl in February. Despite being the favorite to win his second MVP award after an outstanding 2023 campaign, the numbers suggest that another star will have to take home the award once the season ends. Dallas Cowboys signal caller Dak Prescott.Prescott and the Cowboys finished the season 12-5, won the NFC East and finished second in the NFC playoffs. Prescott has scored 36 touchdowns in 17 games and has 4,516 passing yards against nine picks. The eight-year NFL veteran finished the 2023 season with 4,758 yards, 38 touchdowns, a 69.4 percent completion percentage and a 105.9 grade in the first four. The Cowboys are scoring 29.9 points per game and giving up 18.5 points per game, fifth in the NFL.Instead, the Baltimore Ravens secured the top seed in the AFC next weekend. Jackson’s club won one more game than Prescott’s and played one less game than the Cowboys’ signal caller. Jackson finished the season with 4,499 yards, 29 touchdowns, 13 turnovers (two more than Prescott per game) and a 67 percent completion percentage. Even if Jackson played the same 17-game schedule as Prescott, his touchdown and completion percentage would be way behind and he would already have too many turnovers. The Ravens have the fourth-leading offense while maintaining the league’s best defense in points allowed per game. According to Bleacher Report, Lamar Jackson has -20,000 odds to win the MVP (bet $100, win $100.50), so Jackson is the winner. Prescott’s second best odds are 1800 (bet €100, win €1,900). It’s a shame Prescott’s team isn’t in contention for trophies despite having fewer wins per game and having a better season statistically. Jackson deserves flowers. He played brilliantly and led his team to the best record in football. But he played against the best defense in football. However, the MVP became the fourth most award (4,000) for a quarterback, held by San Francisco 49ers superstar Christian McCaffrey. In a year without a standout performance at quarterback, McCaffrey finished with 2,203 yards and 21 touchdowns, but remains an afterthought for MVP.