Patrick Mahomes’s ankle injury is affecting odds across the board heading into Sunday’s AFC Championship game rematch between the Chiefs and Bengals (6:30 p.m., CBS).
“Kansas City would have opened as a 2-point favorite, however after the injury the game opened as a pick ‘em,” said John Lester of bookmaker.eu
“The public was not deterred by the injury and the line was immediately bet up to -1.5. The Super MVP race between Mahomes and [Eagles quarterback Jalen] Hurts has been neck-and-neck up until Hurts injury. Since then Mahomes has been a 28-1 favorite, and even with the injury it’s unlikely his odds will decrease.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday the team isn’t certain whether they will be able to go with Mahomes or have to use veteran backup Chad Henne at quarterback.
“He’s worked hard in the treatment and is doing OK,” Reid said of Mahomes, who suffered a high ankle sprain in Saturday’s divisional round win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“He mentioned it that he’s going to play. That’s his mindset, and then we’ll just take it day by day and see how he does.”
The Chiefs’ first practice is on Wednesday. Reid said he wasn’t sure whether Mahomes would be available to practice.
Super Bowl MVP odds are incredibly tight, and have been impacted by Mahomes’ injury, as well.
Last week, Mahomes was a +375 favorite for MVP. He’s still favored, but it is extremely close at the top of the board.
In the NFC, the Eagles opened as 3.5-point favorites, but the spread immediately moved to -2.5.
Here are the full odds below:
Super Bowl LVII MVP
Patrick Mahomes +300
Jalen Hurts +350
Joe Burrow +400
Brock Purdy +450
George Kittle +1100
Christian McCaffrey +1200
Travis Kelce +1200
Deebo Samuel +2000
Ja’Maar Chase +2500
AJ Brown +3300
Nick Bosa +3300
Devonta Smith +5000
Super Bowl LVII
Kansas City Chiefs +250
Cincinnati Bengals +255
Philadelphia Eagles +270
San Francisco 49ers +280