NFL MVP Watch: Week 5

Story posted October 1, 2021 in CommRadio, Sports by Ethan Ellis

Week 3 of the NFL has concluded, and five players are making a strong case for the title of NFL MVP.
These players are not ranked in order of who is most likely to win, rather just five players who could take home the award this season.

Tom Brady, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

At 44, Brady is once again having an MVP worthy season.

The quarterback, who is proving once again why he’s an ageless wonder, is currently second in the NFL in passing yards with 1087 and has ten touchdowns. If Brady can keep these stats up, it is very likely that he will win his third league MVP award.

Derek Carr, Quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders

Carr is undoubtedly having one of his best seasons ever so far in the NFL.

He leads the league in passing yards with 1203 and has led the Raiders to a 3-0 start. With targets like Henry Ruggs III and Darren Waller, it’s no wonder that he’s having such a good season. If this dominance continues out of Carr and the Raiders, don’t be surprised to see him win his first league MVP.

Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals

It may seem like this list is almost a mirror of the current passing yards rankings, but Kyler Murray is having one of the best seasons of his young career.

Murray has continued to impress week in and week out with amazing passes that have helped his team go to 3-0. But if he wants to earn his first MVP title, the 24-year-old quarterback may have to boost his passing yards as he’s currently third with 1005 yards.

Derrick Henry, Running back, Tennessee Titans

Henry is once again proving why he’s the best running back in the league.

After a disappointing Week 1 that only saw him rush for 58 yards against the Cardinals, Henry has rebounded to lead the league in rushing yards once again. The Titans don’t seem to have as good of a team this year, however, so only time will tell if the running back will be able to win MVP.

Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Las Angeles Rams

Stafford has a fresh start this season with a brand-new team. After being traded to the Rams, Stafford is showing what he can do when he is a part of a franchise that is capable of winning games.

However, Stafford is a bit of a dark horse for MVP at the moment as he is further down the passing yards list than others as he’s in fifth with 942 yards. But on the other hand, he does have the second most passing touchdowns in the league with nine and the second-best completion percentage of all the quarterbacks on this list.

If he continues down the path he’s on right now, he’ll definitely be in the talk for the award come February.


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