*Author’s Note: Stats Will Be Updated Weekly Throughout The Season
The NFL MVP race looks like it is wide open this year. With no one single player seen as the favorite through 12 weeks, the MVP can come down to the final game. Here are a few candidates to look out for.
Here are three stat lines for three different quarterbacks:
Quarterback A: 3,554 passing yards, 67.4 completion percentage, 28 touchdowns, two interceptions, 112.2 passer rating
Quarterback B: 3,667 passing yards, 67.8 completion percentage, 23 touchdowns, four interceptions, 104.9 passer rating
Quarterback C: 4,944 passing yards, 69.9 completion percentage, 38 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 117.1 rating
Quarterback D: 3,937 passing yards, 63.8 completion percentage, 28 touchdowns, six interceptions, 96.7 passer rating
Quarterback E: 4,327 passing yards, 65.3 completion percentage, 24 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 93.3 passer rating
Quarterback F: 4,428 passing yards, 65.7 completion percentage 40 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 104.2 passer rating
Which one do you think is having the best season?
New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady
Season Stats: 3,554 passing yards, 67.4 completion percentage, 28 touchdowns, two interceptions, 112.2 passer rating
Betting Odds: +900
We all knew Brady was going to come out guns blazing after his Deflategate suspension, and that is exactly what he’s done. The Pats have looked unstoppable since Brady’s return, going 9-1 in his return. We can only imagine what Brady’s stats will look like if he played in the first four games, but that wouldn’t be fair to add hypothetical numbers to his statline.
Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott
Season Stats: 3,630 passing yards, 68.1 completion percentage, 23 touchdowns, four interceptions, 105.7 passer rating
Betting Odds: +5000
The rookie quarterback is having a season for the record books, as him and fellow rookie teammate Ezekiel Elliott are carrying the Cowboys franchise back to the promise land. Prescott seized the starting job after a Tony Romo injury and forced the Cowboys to make him the full-time starter for the rest of the season. The only player to win MVP in his rookie season is the great Jim Brown all the way back in 1957.
Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan
Season Stats: 4,944 passing yards, 69.9 completion percentage, 38 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 117.1 rating
Betting Odds: -1000
We may be taking for granted of Ryan’s stats because they seem normal for him, but he is having an incredible year. Ryan’s stats are usually paired with a disappointing Falcons’ season, but now with the Falcons locked into the #2 seed, Ryan is seriously in the hunt for the MVP.
Oakland Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr
Season Stats: 3,933 passing yards, 63.7 completion percentage, 28 touchdowns, six interceptions, 96.7 passer rating
The feel-good story of the season belongs to Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders. They are having their best season in what seems like forever and the arm of Derek Carr as a lot to do with that. The Raiders and Carr’s momentum has halted with Carr not putting up great games and also suffering a season-ending leg injury. Carr will still get MVP votes, but probably not much first place votes.
Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Season Stats: 4,428 passing yards, 65.7 completion percentage 40 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 104.2 passer rating
Betting Odds: +500
Aaron Rodgers dug the Packers out of a 4-6 hole and led the team to a seven-game winning streak to carry them to the NFC North crown. Rodgers was a machine and got into a zone that we haven’t seen much of out of a quarterback recently. As usual, Rodgers was well worth the price for Packers tickets.
Dallas Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott
Season Stats: 1,631 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns, 5.1 yards per carry, 363 receiving yards, one touchdown
Betting Odds: +3300
Zeke has been a rookie sensation and has been the story of the league this season. If he beats Eric Dickerson’s rookie record of 1,808 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, as well as leading the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC, Elliott is deserving of both Rookie of the Year and MVP awards.