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New favourite to win NFL MVP award following Aaron Rodgers' injury

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The Green Bay Packers were dealt a huge blow this past Sunday during their game against the Minnesota Vikings as their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers went down early in the game with a possible season-ending injury.

The Packers superstar was hit hard and was buried into the turf by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr midway through the first quarter. His right shoulder was immediately in pain and he was taken to the injury tent on the sideline before eventually being taken to the locker room on a cart.

Green Bay later confirmed that he had broken his collarbone and that it would require surgery, effectively ending his season and any hopes Rodgers had of winning the third NFL MVP award of his career after winning it twice before in 2011 and in 2014.

Rodgers was the favourite to claim the award this season before Sunday's game, but due to his injury, a new favourite for the prestigious prize has emerged. It's still a player who plays in the quarterback position, but not who you'd expect.

Many would believe Tom Brady would be the favourite for the award after Rodgers' injury, as he is always in contention for the award each season, but until he turns around his team's mediocre start to the NFL season, he won't be the odds-on favourite.

The honour of being the new odds-on favourite for the NFL MVP award this season has actually gone to Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to OddsShark.

The second-year quarterback has led his Eagles to an incredible 5-1 start to the 2017 season (the joint best record in the NFL), and he has an amazing stat line of 1,584 yards (fifth most), 13 touchdowns (joint second most), and three interceptions off 207 attempts with a quarterback rating of 99.6.

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OddsShark has given Wentz odds of +175 to be named as the NFL's MVP this season, higher than Tom Brady, Alex Smith, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Dak Prescott. There's still a lot of the season left to be played, however, so these odds could change.

Whether or not Wentz will be able to keep this run of form up remains to be seen. Eagles fans will certainly love it if he does, as it could mean they'll qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season.

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