NFL MVP Watch: Week 9
Almost halfway through the NFL season, the MVP race is getting more and more condensed by the week. Titans running back Derrick Henry broke his foot in Week 8, so he is now out of the MVP race.
Even though a few more players have a shot, here are the top-five favorites, in no specific order, for the prestigious award.
Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals lost their first game of the season in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers, but Murray is still playing the best football of his career.
Murray, who was clearly shaken up in the loss, has the Cardinals in first place in the NFC West. He is second among starting quarterbacks in completion percentage, and has 20 total touchdowns on the year.
Murray was the MVP favorite through the first month of the year, but has since cooled down a little. If the Cardinals can win their division, Murray would get MVP votes.
Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Los Angeles Rams
Matt Stafford has to be pleased with how the first eight weeks with his new team have gone, especially with how bad the Lions have played through that same stretch.
He leads the league in 40+ yard throws, showing the explosiveness that the Rams offense has. His connection with Cooper Kupp has become the best in the league this year, as Kupp is on pace to beat Calvin Johnson’s receiving record.
The Rams have looked like the best team in the league this year, and Stafford is the main reason why. MVP’s typically have great stories, and Stafford’s move to Los Angeles certainly makes for a great story.
Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
One player who has a great story is Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. After missing most of last season, Prescott is back and playing better than ever. He leads the lead in completion percentage, and the Cowboys are sitting at 6-1.
After missing Week 8 with a calf injury, he is scheduled to play this week against the Broncos. Prescott should receive even more MVP attention after the way the Cowboys offense looked without the young superstar.
If he can continue to play great, expect Prescott to be in the conversation the whole year.
Josh Allen, Quarterback, Buffalo Bills
The current MVP favorite, according to oddsshark, is Josh Allen. The Bills are clearly one of the best teams in the AFC, and Allen is playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
The Bills currently sit at 6-2, but with Derrick Henry going down with an injury, the Bills are the clear-cut favorites to win the AFC. Allen has lived up to the lucrative contract he signed during the offseason.
Allen’s stats have been great, as he’s sporting a 17:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio, while running the ball very effectively.
Buffalo has all the tools to win the AFC, and Josh Allen is the main reason why. The current MVP favorite has a great shot to win his first MVP if he stays healthy and plays the way he has been.
Tom Brady, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brady just continues to do it. At 44 years old, he leads the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns, and has the Bucs at 6-2. Even with a rough game against the Saints in Week 8, Brady still is clearly in the MVP mix.
While Brady has the best receiving corps in the league, led by Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and his old teammate, Rob Gronkowski, Brady has played at one of the highest points of his career.
The defending Super Bowl champions have the best roster in the league, but Brady is still clearly in the MVP race.
Jack Dempsky is a first-year majoring in business management. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Contributors