Kyler Murray among favorites for NFL MVP after Arizona Cardinals' hot start to 2021 season

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is off to an impressive start to the 2021 NFL season.

That impressive start has him now among the favorites to win the NFL MVP Award, according to recent odds.

Tipico Sportsbook currently has Murray at +700 to be the MVP, third in its list of odds for the award.

Only Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (+550) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (+650) are above him.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is fourth (+900), while Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (+1000) rounds out the Top 5 in Tipico's odds to be the Most Valuable Player in the NFL this season.

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Murray is off to a sizzling start for the Cardinals, who are 2-0 on the season entering Week 3's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He has seven touchdown passes, which is tied for second in the league and has thrown for 689 yards, also second in the league.

He has completed 73.5% of his passes.

Murray has also rushed for two touchdowns.

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) scrambles out of the pocket against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter in Glendale, Ariz. Sept. 19, 2021.

People have noticed his play through the season's first two games.

Fox News' Ryan Gaydos wrote that Murray is off to one of the "greatest starts in NFL history," noting that Murray is the first player with at least three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in the first two games of the NFL season.

Bleacher Report's Brad Gagnon wrote about how Murray is emerging as an NFL superstar and 2021 MVP candidate.

He wrote: "It's early, but Murray—not preseason MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs—leads the league in 'How the hell did he do that?' moments. Moments like those are a large part of why Mahomes was MVP in 2018 and why Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson won the award in 2019. Both did so as sophomores, but neither faced the circumstances Murray had to deal with early in his career, so it feels as though Murray's at about the same point in his NFL run."

Fansided's Adam Patrick wrote about how Murray is now a legit MVP candidate.

He wrote: "Before the season started, Murray was viewed by most as a dark horse MVP candidate. With the way he’s performed so far this year, this is no longer the case.  Murray is a legitimate candidate to be named the NFL MVP this season, and if he does end up winning the award, the Cardinals are going to benefit greatly from his excellence out on the field."

Yahoo Sports' Pete Truszkowski wrote about how Murray winning the MVP isn't that outlandish.

He wrote: "Murray might just be the most exciting player in football. He's electric with the ball in his hands and he's more than capable as a passer. He improved statistically from his rookie season to his sophomore campaign. The Cardinals invested in improving the team around Murray with upgrades to the offensive line (Rodney Hudson) and his weapons (A.J. Green, Rondale Moore, James Conner)."

Several writers and sites have praised Murray on social media.

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