MVP Watch: Week 4
To the surprise of just about everyone, we are officially four weeks into the 2020 NFL season, which means it’s time to start our MVP Award watch. All of this is subject to change, of course, Russell Wilson was the Front Runner last year until Lamar Jackson quite literally ran away with it. In a season like this where points are being scored at a premium, all it takes is one off day to see yourself moved down the list.
1. Russell Wilson
Pete Carroll must have been following Fantasy Football Twitter this year and decided to actually #LetRussCook. The Seahawks offense looks absolutely unstoppable, as Wilson is slinging touchdowns to people we’ve never heard of before. With 16 touchdowns so far this year already and an eye-popping 75.2 percent completion percentage Wilson is on an absolutely ridiculous pace for this season. To compare, Tom Brady had 11 through four games in his 50 touchdown year in 07, Peyton Manning also had 16 through four games in his record-setting 55 touchdown season in 2013, and that included a 7 touchdown game to start the season.
2. Aaron Rodgers
The fact that Rodgers could start this season the way that he has is a testament to how lights out Wilson is playing, and how explosive offenses seem to be in General this year. Maybe Rodgers is fired up after the Jordan Love pick, or maybe he and Matt Lafleur are really in sync, whatever it is the Greenbay offense looks as good as it’s looked in years. With Davante Adams missing a couple of games already, and now the Allen Lazard injury, The Pack hasn’t missed a beat. Rodgers so far has completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards with 13 touchdowns and NO interceptions. Making him our second guy who could potentially throw for 50 touchdowns this season.
3. Josh Allen
What a world we are living in where I have to finally admit to Josh Allen being an MVP candidate. Typing that sentence was one of the most painful things I’ve ever done, and I’ve cracked a rib before. The addition of Stefon Diggs to that offense has been crucial, but the MVP award does not go to receivers. That’s not to say Allen hasn’t been great so far because he has, completing 70 percent of his passes for 1326 yards, 12 touchdowns, and just one interception to this point. He’ll have to not only keep it up but likely still have to step it up to win the award this year but he has shown major improvement.
4. Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes and Allen’s places were swapped going into last night's game, but I had to knock Mahomes back after he struggled last night against the Patriots. I know they won 26-10 but the Chiefs offense only managed 6 points for 2.5 quarters of play, and he threw several passes that should have been intercepted. These rankings week by week, game by game, play by play. I’d expect him to be higher on this list by the next Rankings.
5. Tom Brady
Shut the hell up about the Pick Six, and for the love of god stop saying the man can’t throw deep. The Bucs went down several scores early, then Brady punched one in to end the half and if you’re a borderline insane New Englander who can read his facial expressions, you knew what was coming in the second half. Missing Chris Godwin and with a washed-up WWE champ playing tight end, Brady finished with 369 yards, 5 touchdowns, and the one interception. With 11 touchdowns already, Brady is technically on his 2007 pace, but 4 interceptions and a couple of lackluster games by the Bucs so far keeps him back on this list. Consistency is key, you’d think the old man would know that by now.
On The Edge
The Ravens have looked good, but in a year when quarterbacks are lighting up the scoreboard, Lamar has just 769 yards passing and 7 touchdowns. You can add his 235 yards rushing and 1 touchdown and he still barely cracks a thousand yards of offense. Defenses aren’t going to let Lamar run wild again this year, he‘s going to have to consistently make throws to be a true MVP candidate again.
Dak is slinging it this year, and the Cowboys are still 1-3. With 1,690 yards already he is going to throw for over 5000 yards this year, and if they’d finished the comeback against the Browns on Sunday I would have put him in my top 5. I know you cant blame the losses on him, but quarterbacks of 8-8 teams don‘t win MVP. Unless Dallas rights the ship quickly, Dak is not a candidate.
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