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David Johnson has highest non-QB odds to win MVP

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The Arizona Cardinals running back is the highest non-QB MVP candidate according to Las Vegas.

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The expectations David Johnson has set for himself are staggering.

Appearing on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, at the conclusion of the radio interview, he was asked by one of the hosts, “1,500 and 1,000, right?”

Johnson’s response: “That’s the goal.”

Yet, there is certainly a belief he can reach close to them, at least that has to explain why David Johnson, according to Las Vegas odds, is the most likely non-quarterback to win MVP heading into the 2018 season:

MVP Odds

Tom Brady (Patriots) 8/1
Aaron Rodgers (Packers) 8/1
Carson Wentz (Eagles) 12/1
Russell Wilson (Seahawks) 12/1
Matt Ryan (Falcons) 16/1
Drew Brees (Saints) 18/1
Cam Newton (Panthers) 19/1
Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers) 25/1
Deshaun Watson (Texans) 32/1
Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) 35/1
Jared Goff (Rams) 40/1
David Johnson (Cardinals) 40/1

In fact, the closest non-qb to Johnson in terms of odds is another running back in Le’Veon Bell:

Philip Rivers (Chargers) 45/1
Matthew Stafford (Lions) 45/1
Derek Carr (Raiders) 50/1
Le’Veon Bell (Steelers) 55/1

40/1 odds are not great, but to see the disparity of the non-quarterbacks and that Johnson has the best odds of a non-quarterback to win was pretty interesting, especially when you consider he has only the seventh highest odds to lead the NFL in rushing yards:

Most Rushing Yards

Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys) 11/2
Le’Veon Bell (Steelers) 7/1
Leonard Fournette (Jaguars) 9/1
Todd Gurley (Rams) 9/1
Saquon Barkley (Giants) 10/1
Kareem Hunt (Chiefs) 11/1
David Johnson (Cardinals) 12/1

If you are a big believer in Johnson’s comeback tour, a couple hundred bucks could net you a nice bonus come January and February.