Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes favored for Super Bowl I rematch in L.A.
Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes dominated the NFL news cycle this season.
Rodgers weathered a stormy offseason with the Green Bay Packers only to become a central figure of the COVID-19 vaccination debate. Still, he has been a steady captain, producing another outstanding passing campaign.
Mahomes labored through the most erratic and ineffective portion of his career yet, only to rally his Kansas City Chiefs to an eight-game winning streak.
Now, with two games remaining in the regular season, Rodgers and Mahomes have their teams positioned as the top seeds in the NFC and AFC, respectively.
Beyond that, they have emerged as betting favorites for the most treasured team and individual accolades of the season.
According to Tipico Sportsbook, Rodgers, 38, seized control of the race for NFL MVP, standing as a -180 favorite over Tom Brady (+600), Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (+600), Mahomes (+1000) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (+1200).
With 33 touchdowns and four interceptions, three-time MVP Rodgers has thrown for 3,689 yards.
While nine players — led by 44-year-old, seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady (4,580 yards) — have compiled more yards, Rodgers' efficiency and league-best 110.8 quarterback rating paced the Packers to a 12-3 record that includes a 7-0 showing at Lambeau Field as they move toward clinching home-field advantage for the playoffs.
Their remaining games are at home against the Minnesota Vikings (7-8) and on the road against the Detroit Lions (2-12-1).
Meanwhile, Mahomes raised the Chiefs to a favored position in pursuit of another Super Bowl title.
The 2018 MVP has directed Kansas City to the last two Super Bowls, defeating the San Francisco 49ers two years before getting blown out by Brady and the Buccaneers last season.
Tipico lists the Chiefs a +380 favorite to win the championship, with Rodgers and the Packers close behind at +425.
The Buccaneers (+650), the Los Angeles Rams (+900), the Bills (+900), the NFC East-champion Dallas Cowboys (+1000) and the New England Patriots (+1500) follow, while the Tennessee Titans, the Colts and the Arizona Cardinals are each at +2000.
The NFC West-leading Rams would enjoy a Super Bowl home game with it being played this year at SoFi Stadium.
Of course, that would likely require a victory in Green Bay, and with Rodgers and Mahomes presiding over their comfortable top-seeded spots, Super Bowl LVI could fittingly produce the same matchup the NFL offered in its first Super Bowl in 1967:
Kansas City vs. Green Bay in Los Angeles.
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