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The MVP Race
MVP Relevant Games
Week 8 Week 9
Seahawks vs 49ers Seahawks at Bills
Ravens vs Steelers Chiefs vs Panthers
Chiefs vs Jets Packers at 49ers (Thursday)
Packers vs Vikings Cardinals vs Dolphins
Buccaneers at Giants (Monday Night) Steelers at Cowboys
Titans at Bengals Buccaneers vs Saints (Sunday Night)
Browns vs Raiders Titans vs Bears
Bills vs Patriots Ravens at Colts
The MVP Contenders
Russell Wilson (+100 DraftKings, FanDuel, Fox Bet): Wilson’s Seahawks lost their first game in Arizona last Sunday Night in overtime. Wilson had three interceptions in that contest, but he also had 388 yards passing and 84 rushing while his team scored 34 points. So, he lost very little ground in the MVP race despite not really playing all that well on a national stage. On the season, Wilson is first in passing touchdowns while already having his bye in the books, he’s eighth in QBR which is pretty surprising, he’s first in rating, and his Seahawks are now 5-1.