Kyler Murray Surges in MVP Oddsboards As Cardinals Open Season With Big Win

Kyler Murray With Cardinals Background

  • The Arizona Cardinals upset the Tennessee Titans as +3 point betting underdogs on Sunday night.
  • Kyle Murray threw four TD passes and rushed in for a score to lead the Cardinals to victory.
  • Murray’s MVP odds surged in the best NFL sportsbooks with BetMGM now listing him as second behind Patrick Mahomes at +1000.

Kyler Murray’s five touchdowns led the Arizona Cardinals to a strong opening game win over the Tennessee Titans.

Entering the game as +3 point underdogs, the Cardinals not only covered the spread or won outright but they obliterated the Titans 38-13 on Sunday night.

Murray completed 21 of 32 passes for 289 passing yards with four passing touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for 20 yards with one rushing touchdown. With Chandler Jones also producing five sacks on the other end of the field, Arizona did not resemble a team that is a -225 betting favorite to miss the playoffs.

Murray’s MVP Odds Surge

Murray had never thrown four touchdowns in a game with former QB Carson Palmer the last to do so in 2015 against the Bengals. With 50 career touchdown passes and 16 rushing touchdowns, Murray also joined Daunte Culpepper as the only player in the history of the NFL to throw 50 passing TDs and rush for at least 15 TD in their first 33 games.

With his electrifying performance, the 24-year old former two-sport superstar from Oklahoma University significantly moved to +1000 from +2500 at BetMGM with only Patrick Mahomes having better odds to win MVP than him at +450. Tom Brady is third at +1000 while Josh Allen, Matthew Stafford, and Russell Wilson are listed at +1600 at BetMGM.

At PointsBet, Murray (+1800 to +1200) had the second most significant change in MVP odds after Jameis Winston who went from +4000 to +2800. Russell Wilson also made progress from +1400 to +1100 on a day when Josh Allen and Aaron Rodgers faded from +900 to +1400 and +1000 to +1600, respectively. Titans’ QB Ryan Tannehill also saw his MVP odds drop from +2500 to +3000 after Sunday’s games.

First Cardinals Game Since Sports Betting Was Launched

Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans was the first Cardinals game since the launch of legal sports betting in Arizona last September 9th and it wasn’t a surprise why the sportsbooks were busy.

There was plenty of betting action on the game as it had the second most number of betting tickets for all games in the NFL’s Sunday schedule. The Titans also had the second-highest betting handle at BetMGM at -3 while the Cardinals were third at +3. At the Caesars sportsbook, the Cardinals vs Titans game was the 5th most bet game of the schedule with 8% of the total betting handle, with Tennessee at -2.5 at that sportsbook getting 67% of the spread betting tickets and 66% of the total dollars wagered at the spread line.

But it wasn’t just the bettors who came and didn’t disappoint. The Cardinals too showed up and looked like a Super Bowl Contender against a 2020 playoff team. Likewise, Kyler Murray balled and has put his name in the early MVP conversation.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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