Usually, during an NFL season, there’s an MVP that pretty much stands above the rest as the season plays out.
Luckily (?) for us, this seasons MVP race is really coming down to the wire with multiple candidates that may be deserving of the leagues highest individual honor.
And really, you can make cases for 5 guys winning the MVP.
Tom Brady, Ezekiel Elliot, David Johnson, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan all have strong cases and you could see why they would win.
Brady has somehow gotten better with age and he may have taken father-time out back and put him down. Hate him or love him, I love him, you can’t deny his greatness and what he does year-in and year-out without unreal talent around him. Call it scheme, call it whatever you want , the man turns guys like Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan into household names. Despite missing 4 games, Brady has thrown 25 touchdowns to 2 picks, the Pats are 13-2 and he’s had a hurt/out Rob Gronkowski for most of it. The only chink in Brady’s armor is that the Pats were 3-1 without him. Does that really make him the most valuable? The Pats probably would have been fine without Brady, but certainly not the Super Bowl favorite that they are.
Honestly, I feel as if there’s a rookie bias against Zeke that people for some reason can’t get by. Kind of like the old man yelling at the cloud saying, “he should have to EARN his spot in this league after years of trials and tribulations!” The problem is that Zeke has earned it. He’s been the best player on the best team in the NFC, has set rookie rushing records, is over 400 yards ahead of his closest competitor (who is Leveon Bell, who also missed 3 games– he’s awesome) and turned a 4-12 team into this. Now, here’s why I’m sure 100% sold on a Zeke MVP. 1.) Dak might take away some of his votes 2.) he’s in a fantastic situation behind an all-time line. Can the line get some votes?
Aaron Rodgers may not be able to get away from the stigma that haunted the first half of his 2016 season. Remember when all the talking heads were asking what was wrong with Aaron Rodgers? Turns out nothing was really wrong with him, they just expected him to win without a running back and with injuries to his receiving core. Unfortunately, all of the blame fell on Rodgers shoulders. Now, after proclaiming that they were going to win out, Rodgers has been unbelievable; winning every game (so far) without throwing a pick. It’s tough to give a guy an MVP award for 6 really good games, but if you’re looking for MOST VALUABLE it would be hard to argue against Rodgers; take him off of that team and they are down there with the Bears.
Matty Ice has had a really good season, but I can’t see him taking home the MVP award. He’s got one of the best receivers in football, a great running game, a defense that isn’t very good so he’s getting a bunch of chances to juice his stats and playing in a dome 9 times a year also helps. He’s been impressive, but not MVP worthy IMO.
The guy not getting enough credit is Arizona’s, David Johnson. Are you a David Johnson fantasy owner? Do you wish you were? Same. Johnson’s got no chance to win, but good lord is he amazing. Johnson is going to out-gain Zeke from a yards-from-scrimmage standpoint, is playing behind a horrible offensive line and has more touchdowns than Elliot. 2000+ yards-from-scrimmage and 20+ touchdowns in a season is insane and Johnson is the first to do it since L.T back in 2006. Unfortunately, his team stinks and this award usually goes to best player on best team. Maybe take D.J next year to win.
Lastly, can we do away with the MVP and just call it the most outstanding player? If we’re going on most outstanding it’s probably D.J. or Brady or Zeke, but since it’s valuable, shouldn’t it really be Rodgers? I get really hung up on the valuable part and it’s not always rewarding the most outstanding player in the league.
Overall, really compelling NFL MVP race. I would personally go Brady. He’s lost one game and has been the best player on the field since the moment he stepped onto it this season, not just the last 6 games. He’s doing it with injuries to Gronk and his offensive line and at the age of 39. He’s having a dominant season and he should be rewarded for it, unless Roger Goodell gets involved.