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  • David PurdumESPN Staff Writer

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    • Joined ESPN in 2014
    • Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008

Heading into Week 17, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a commanding favorite to win the NFL regular-season MVP award after a dramatic shift in the odds at U.S. sportsbooks.

Rodgers was a +450 underdog to win the award before last week’s games, behind Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had been the favorite since mid-November. But after Rodgers finished torching the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night in the snow, he moved past Mahomes to become the MVP favorite for the first time this season.

Rodgers is a -260 favorite at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, followed by Mahomes, whose odds drifted from -400 to +210 after Week 16.

Rodgers completed 21 of 25 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers’ 40-14 triumph within the Titans on Sunday. He also leads the NFL with 44 passing touchdowns and has a meaningful street game this weekend against the Chicago Bears. Mahomes along with the Chiefs, on the other hand, have already locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs and could possibly rest their franchise quarterback in Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Packers can secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a win over the Bears on Sunday.

At FanDuel, Rodgers’ MVP odds had improved to -370 as of Tuesday. A FanDuel spokesperson told ESPN that the move was based on a combination of Rodgers’ recent performance and some gambling interest in the Green Bay quarterback over the past two days.

DraftKings, in which Rodgers was listed as the -335 favored, stated its odds motion on the MVP market was primarily fueled by his recent performance.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is 12-1 in Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, followed by Titans running back Derrick Henry in +5,000, Packers receiver Davante Adams at +7,500 and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at +10,000.

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