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February 9, 2024

Many major storylines came out of last night’s NFL Honors awards show, including Lamar Jackson winning his second MVP and Damar Hamlin surprisingly not being named Comeback Player of the Year.

There was one under-the-radar storyline, though, that may give bettors some insight into SB 🏆 MVP voting on Sunday.

Jackson finished with 493 points in the MVP tally thanks to coming away with 49 of 50 first-place votes. Dak Prescott was second with 152 points, followed by 49ers… RUNNING BACK Christian McCaffrey at 147. Brock Purdy came in fourth with 97 points.

McCaffrey racked up 17 second-place votes, 12 third-place votes and 44 votes overall (voters picked first through fifth) while Purdy had nine second-place votes, five third-place votes and 39 votes overall.

So why is this noteworthy? Award markets are nuanced because you have to take into account voters’ subjectivity. More voters thought McCaffrey was more important to San Francisco’s regular season success 👀 despite Purdy leading all NFL QBs in categories such as yards per throw and QB rating.

Quarterbacks clearly have the easiest path to being named MVP. But after the votes last night for regular season MVP, are we sure there should be a gap as big as Purdy at +210 and McCaffrey at +425 for SB MVP?