NFL Odds

Ryan Tannehill is a Dark Horse MVP Candidate

Donnavan Smoot
Jun 8, 2021, 4:01 PM EDT
Ryan Tannehill could shock the league and have an MVP season.
Ryan Tannehill could shock the league and have an MVP season. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Titans have been the talk of the NFL world since trading for Julio Jones. The offensive potential of Jones, A.J. Brown, and Derrick Henry is as good as almost any trio in the NFL. Yet the offense has to be driven by somebody, and for the Titans, that somebody is MVP dark horse candidate Ryan Tannehill.

On a team with three of the best playmakers in the league, Tannehill could be the one taking home the hardware this season. 

WynnBET has Tannehill’s MVP odds set at +2500, good for 12th-shortest in the league. He comes in right behind Justin Herbert, whose odds are set at +2000.

Part of the confidence in Tannehill is the fact he has an abundance of weapons, but his play also speaks for itself. 

Last season, Tannehill finished in the top five in QBR (78.3) and passer rating (106.5). He also threw just as many touchdown passes as Ben Roethlisberger, and accounted for one fewer touchdown than Russell Wilson. 

Due to the amount of work the Titans give Henry, Tannehill is sometimes seen as a game manager. However, Tannehill is doing everything the other elite quarterbacks are doing week in and week out. With the addition of Jones, his ceiling can only get higher. 

The MVP has also become an award for quarterbacks, which gives Tannehill another leg up. The last time a non-QB was named NFL MVP was in 2012, when Adrian Peterson won it for the Minnesota Vikings.

If the Titans are as potent as they look on paper, it would take a lot to for Tannehill not to get a substantial amount of the credit, making him a smart pick for a dark horse.