Brock Purdy entered Monday night’s primetime showdown against the Ravens as the prohibitive favorite to win the league’s MVP award. In the eyes of Vegas bettors, he’s not even the most valuable player on his own team.
The 49ers quarterback ranked as a -190 MVP favorite in the week leading up to San Francisco’s heavyweight matchup on Christmas Day. Against the AFC’s top seed, the 23-year-old had his worst game as a professional, throwing four interceptions as Baltimore eliminated the 49ers, 33-19.
According to Fanduel Sportsbook, Purdy now has a +1,300 chance to win the MVP award. He is behind Lamar Jackson (-170) of the Ravens, who sliced San Francisco at Levi’s Stadium to become the favorite; 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (+470) and Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (+900). Purdy also has the same chance to win the MVP as Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he is confident his young quarterback will be able to bounce back from his clunker. But even Purdy looked a little shocked after the game.
“I have to ask myself, ‘Who are you?’ » said Purdy. “‘What do you advocate? Who are you when things are going well? Who are you when things don’t go your way? It’s easy to get complacent and think you’re the man who wins matches and you really don’t have a lot of adversity in some matches.
Purdy still leads the NFL in QB Rating and QBR, statistics that measure passing efficiency. Even after the four-interception game, Purdy has 29 passing touchdowns — one shy of Dak Prescott’s league lead — and just seven picks.
Jackson moved into first place on the betting chart by totaling 295 yards of offense plus two touchdowns against San Francisco. He did most of his damage outside the pocket, getting away from passers and finding receivers downfield.
On the year, Jackson has 10 fewer touchdown passes than Purdy and ranks eighth in QB rating. But he also rushed for the 18th most yards (786) and five touchdowns, making him the most dangerous dual-threat quarterback in the league. The 2019 MVP led Baltimore to the NFL’s best record with two games remaining.
With the Jets’ Aaron Rodgers sidelined and Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes not having a dominant season, the MVP award is more uncertain. Ratings fluctuated rapidly throughout the season. But after Monday night, it appears Purdy missed his chance to go from Mr. Irrelevant to MVP.
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