As we head into the final stretch of the NFL season, quarterbacks continue to dominate the MVP conversation. Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers are leading the charge – all making a convincing case that they deserve the league’s top honor. But most recently, Kyler Murray has generated a considerable amount of buzz as he turns heads with not only his exceptional arm talent, but his ability tuck it and run. Let’s take a look and each of these star-studded quarterback’s cases to take home the hardware this year.
Let’s be clear. This is Mahomes’ award to lose. He had yet another MVP moment in Kansas City’s 35-31 victory over Las Vegas this week, leading his team on a game-winning drive with under two minutes to play. The only real knock against Mahomes is that he’s been so consistently good for so long, that excellence is the expectation. After leading Kansas City to a Super Bowl victory, the reigning Super Bowl MVP is putting together another flawless season. Through week 11, Mahomes has thrown for 3,035 yards and 27 touchdowns against only two interceptions. He continues to make jaw-dropping throws with ease and has led his team to a 9-1 start. Mahomes is not only the best quarterback in the league, he’s the best player in the league right now. It’s going to take an insane final stretch from one of these other quarterbacks to dethrone him.
Through the first quarter of the season, it looked like Wilson was finally going to get the recognition he deserves as one of the best quarterbacks, if not the best, of the last half-decade. The #LetRussCook campaign jumpstarted his MVP buzz, as Seattle let him throw the ball at an exceptional clip and take more chances per game. However, he’s tossed seven interceptions over the last five games, in which Seattle posted a measly 2-3 record. Through week 11, Wilson still has impressive numbers. He’s thrown for 2,986 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions so far. He’s also added 367 yards on the ground. But unfortunately, Wilson is going to have to replicate the insane start he had to the season to have any chance of taking home his first MVP award this year.
Death. Taxes. Aaron Rodgers in MVP consideration. The high-profile quarterback is putting together one of the most efficient seasons of his career while about to turn 37 years old. After Green Bay drafted his heir apparent Jordan Love in the first round of this year’s draft, Rodgers is proving to the organization that he’s got quite a bit left in the tank. Rodgers has put up 2,889 passing yards and 29 touchdowns against only four interceptions through week 11. His completion percentage is up four percent from his career average and he’s constantly making great reads to find the open man game after game. Unfortunately for the savvy vet, his dud of a game against Tampa Bay is keeping him just behind Mahomes and Wilson in the MVP odds. He’s going to have to pull off some of that quintessential Rodgers magic to make up the ground he’s lost and win the 2020 MVP award.
Every MVP race needs a dark horse candidate, and Murray has filled those shoes nicely. The second-year, dual-threat quarterback is making a name for himself by shattering expectations and producing with both his arms and his legs this year. He’s put up 2,644 passing yards, 619 rushing yards, and 29 total touchdowns while only turning the ball over 12 times. Murray has been an electric playmaker so far this season and still has room to improve, but he needs to become a more efficient passer to have a realistic shot at winning MVP honors.
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