When the New York Jets written Zach Wilson with the second choice of the 2021 NFL Draft, Jets fans have been waiting for the former BYU quarterback to be Joe Namath’s second coming.
Jets backers and players are now betting on Wilson to play at a Namath-like level this coming season.
Let’s see how the young quarterback became a popular MVP bet, with odds via FOX Bet.
ZACH WILSON’S ODDS ON FOX BET*
To win NFL MVP: +6600 (bet $10 to win $670 in total)
To win Offensive Player of the Year: +12,500 (bet $10 to win $1,260 total)
The Jets make the playoffs
Yes: +550 (bet $10 to win $65 in total)
No: -1,000 (bet $10 to win $11 in total)
* odds as of 07/14/2022
The Jets finished last in the AFC East last season with a 4-13 record (five games behind the third-placed Miami Dolphins).
Wilson finished 33rd among NFL quarterbacks with a passer rating of 69.7 (Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay led the NFL at 111.9). Wilson passed 213 of 383 (55.6%) for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
So why is he getting so much love for winning the Betting MVP award in his second season?
Kyle Newman, Public Relations Associate at oddschecker.comsaid Wilson has received 31.7% of MVP bets over the past seven days.
“Zach Wilson wasn’t even in the top 10 most bet on. Then Wilson went viral on social media due to a feud with his ex-girlfriend and former best friend Dax Milne,” explained Newman. “Since then bettors have been hammering Wilson for the prize. Over the past seven days, Wilson is now OddsChecker’s Most Supported MVP Market Player.
“Combine that with recent betting showing the Jets as the second most important bet to winning the Super Bowl, and it’s clear that betting confidence in the Jets is at an all-time high.”
Caesars Sportsbook content writer Max Meyer said Wilson tied for 11th in betting this month. But, the young QB has recently gotten more MVP bets than other big-name quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers.
BetMGM data analyst John Ewing said Wilson’s ticket percentage had recently risen from 0.7% to 1.3%, taking him from 23rd to 19th most wagered player to win the prize. His MVP odds were also reduced to +10,000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total) from +15,000 (bet $10 to win $1,510 total).
“BetMGM sees movement on Wilson, but his odds and the number of bets on him indicate he’s not a true MVP candidate,” Ewing said.
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Zach Wilson has impressed for the New York Jets this preseason and the rest of the NFL is taking notice. Tony Romo said Wilson was going to be very quickly in the discussion as one of the top three to five quarterbacks in the league, and even said the rookie had Patrick Mahomes-like potential.
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Wilson’s MVP ratings haven’t changed at DraftKings Sportsbook, but he’s gone from 26th to 17th in total management and 29th to 19th in betting last week, according to a DraftKings spokesperson.
Zach Wilson Fever hasn’t quite caught on in other sportsbooks,
“We haven’t seen any moves or many bets on Wilson for MVP on our side,” said FOX Bet trader Daniel Montanari.
To get an idea of how difficult it was to win the award, Jets Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath was the American Football League (AFL) MVP in 1968 and 1969, throwing for most yards and touchdowns (3,147/15 in 1968, 2734 /19 in 1969) than Wilson. And Namath won Super Bowl III!
“The only question that remains is whether this confidence is the result of a passing joke or if it is real,” Newman summed up.
Fun Wilson betting stats via FOX Sports research:
– The Jets were 5-8 ATS (ATS) and 3-10 straight (SU) when Wilson started last season
– The Jets went 1-3 ATS and 1-3 SU in games Wilson didn’t start or play last season
– In his three seasons at BYU (2018-20), Wilson was 16-11-1 ATS and 19-9 SU as a starter.
– Wilson was 2-1 ATS and 2-1 SU as a starter in bowl games.
So what do you think of all the hype surrounding Wilson and the Jets? Go to FOX Bet for all your bets.
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