Allen (+1400), the Bills’ QB, was the MVP pick on 18.5% of tickets, more than any other player, per BetMGM (online in NJ).
He also had 13.7% of the handle. Bucs’ QB Tom Brady (+1400) was first among players in handle at 26.7%.
Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes (+600) is the MVP favorite (9.8% ticket, 14.7% handle).
Allen nearly won NFL MVP in 2020
Last season, Allen finished runner-up for MVP to Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers. The 25-year-old broke out in his third year under center, leading the Bills to a 13-3 record.
Allen threw for 4,544 yards and 37 TDs while completing 69.2% of his passes. He also finished third in ESPN’s Total QBR behind only Rodgers and Mahomes.
Allen has received plenty of MVP buzz among NFL executives, according to ESPN. He also received a massive six-year, $258 million extension this offseason ($150 million guaranteed).
Allen benefited immediately from the acquisition of star wideout Stefon Diggs in 2020. The duo connected 127 times for 1,535 yards and eight TDs.
Allen has also had the same offensive coordinator in Brian Daboll since he was a rookie in 2018.
Continuity, supporting talent, and his star skill-set have made Allen a very popular pick among bettors.
The pressure will be on him to live up to his massive contract, and prove last year’s success will be the norm going forward.
Bills are a favorite to reach the Super Bowl
The Bills (+1100) find themselves behind just the Chiefs (+450) and the defending champion Bucs (+700) in terms of Super Bowl odds at BetMGM.
Buffalo will be looking to avenge its loss to Kansas City in the 2020 AFC championship game.
The majority of bets are on the Bills to go over 11 wins (-120), with 82% of tickets and 76% of the handle leading in that direction. Under 11 wins (+100) is at 18% of tickets and 24% of the handle.
The Bills open their 2021 season on Sunday at home against the Steelers. Buffalo is a 6.5-point favorite at -110.
New York is hopeful to have legal online sports betting up and running by the Super Bowl on Feb. 13, 2022. The NY State Gaming Commission could begin to hear oral presentations from bidders as of last Wednesday, Sept. 1.
It would certainly be a bonus if the Bills are in it.