Derrick Henry updated MVP odds following first month of 2021

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

You don’t need to tell the Tennessee Titans how good Derrick Henry is. The sixth-year running back has won more games for the Titans than the Avengers have saved the world (and given the never-ending plots and sub-plots of the Marvel franchise, that’s a lot of times).

According to WynnBET, Derrick Henry’s odds of winning league MVP are +5000. That ties him with Baker Mayfield. Ahead of Henry are your usual quarterback suspects: Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, Russell Wilson. At the very top, Patrick Mahomes has been knocked off his perch with Justin Herbert and Kyler Murray tied at +450 odds to win the league’s most coveted title.

As Jets fans will be quick to point out, Henry wasn’t good enough to lead his team to victory in Week 4. Falling to the previously winless Jets, Henry recorded only respectable numbers — compared to his nuclear explosion against the Seahawks, this was more like tiny sputtering firecrackers.

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry has the team’s best odds of winning MVP.

Henry posted 157 rushing yards on 33 carries and added one touchdown with a long of 22. In a Titans’ offense without A.J. Brown or Julio Jones, Henry was expected to dominate the rushing game, and on any other night, 150+ rushing yards might have led to a team victory.

To be clear: Henry did not have a bad game. His number carries tied the third-highest total of his career, and his yardage ranked 11th-best in his career.

Heading into Week 4, Tennessee was 15-0 when Henry ran the ball at least 24 times. That record has since been dunked in the trash bin, but it may be a good thing that the Titans finally lost despite Henry’s rushing dominance.

Tennessee has far too long depended on Henry in the running game and needs to develop a more multi-pronged attack to beat competitive teams. Maybe they thought Henry would steamroll the entire Jets defense to claim an easy win, but they didn’t consider the grave possibility that Henry’s performance wouldn’t be enough.

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Henry’s current total rushing yardage in 2021 is *already* at 510. And it’s only been a month of NFL action. Henry looks ready to equal his 2,000-yard rushing season from last year, and that monster feat might be enough to win him MVP.

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