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Russell Wilson leads NFL MVP race through Week 3

Russell Wilson has emerged as the favorite to win the NFL 2020 MVP Award.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson stands outside the locker room before kickoff against the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field.  Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

We’re almost through Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season, and there’s a talented group of quarterbacks among the frontrunners for the NFL’s MVP award. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes have taken a back seat to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson so far. Let’s go over how some of the favorites fared in Week 3.

Jackson and Mahomes haven’t played yet in Week 3, but entered the weekend deadlocked at +500. Only Wilson had better odds. Jackson and Mahomes are set to face off in a Monday Night Football matchup, and the winning quarterback will likely get an odds boost and move a step closer to Wilson. Neither signal caller has put up quite the eye-popping stats yet this season, but the two former MVPs will get chances to duke it out and improve their chances under the lights.

Wilson was favored at +300 before Week 3 games kicked off and his odds should get a boost after the amazing performance he had against the Dallas Cowboys. Wilson threw for 315 yards and five scores against the Cowboys and has a league-leading 14 touchdown passes with one interception on the year. He became the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least four touchdowns in each of his first three games. The Seahawks are 3-0, and Wilson has three dominant performances under his belt.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is also turning heads. He entered Week 3 with the fifth best odds at +2000 and led his team to a 3-0 record by topping the Los Angeles Rams 35-32. Allen threw for 311 yard sand four scores with one interception. The third-year quarterback ranks second in the NFL with 1,038 passing yards. Only the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott, who also entered Week 3 at +2000, has more passing yards (1,188).

Kyler Murray had a slight edge on Allen at +1300 before his Week 3 game against the Detroit Lions, but his team feel short 26-23. Murray threw for 270 yards and two scores, but also tallied two interceptions in the loss. Murray has been one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL with 786 passing yards and four rushing touchdowns, but his five interceptions and Week 3 loss will hurt his case for MVP.

Here’s my list of top five MVP candidates heading into Week 3 Monday Night Football.

1. Russell Wilson

2. Josh Allen

3. Patrick Mahomes

4. Lamar Jackson

5. Dak Prescott