It’s another NFL season and another quarterback is likely to be crowned the 2020 Most Valuable Player. Nothing new there, as the last non-quarterback to win the award was LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006. Quarterback has always been the most important position and this season there is a good group of candidates to choose from for the award. At one point in the season, it looked as if one QB was running away with the award and now he may not even be top two. Candidates for this award can be volatile at times and it changes practically on a weekly basis. In this article, we look at the Top 3 NFL MVP candidates through Week 10 of the season.
Patrick Mahomes – QB – Kansas City Chiefs
Overall, Mahomes is the most solid quarterback in the league and is coming off a Super Bowl victory season that was preceded by an MVP season in 2018. Mahomes has a legitimate chance to capture the second MVP Trophy of his young career if he can continue his current pace. Mahomes ranks fifth in passing yards, third in touchdowns (25) and has thrown only one interception. He’s second in passer rating (115.9) and has also added 171 yards rushing and two scores on the ground. His Chiefs have 1 loss and are Super Bowl favorites. Mahomes looks unstoppable in 90 percent of the games he plays. If there is one guy in the league that any general manager would want to start a team with, it is Mahomes. So why wouldn’t he be the MVP?
Aaron Rodgers – QB – Green Bay Packers
Rodgers is having one of the ultimate comeback seasons in recent NFL history. Although he hasn’t played poorly in the past few years, Rodgers is performing like he did in 2011 and 2014 when he won the MVP Award each season. Rodgers has thrown 26 touchdowns to just three interceptions, that’s second best in touchdowns and third fewest interceptions. He leads the league with a passer rating of 116.4. Rodgers psyche had to deal with the team drafting a QB of the future in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft and that has fueled Rodgers to put up big numbers so far. If he can keep it up, he will battle the other two through Week 17 for the award.
Russell Wilson – QB – Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is the quarterback referred to in the opening paragraph. He was on an untouchable pace at one point this season and it looked like he’d already wrapped up the award. However, Wilson has turned the ball over seven times in the last two games alone and his team has lost three of their last four games. Wilson ranks second in passing yards, first in touchdowns (28) and is tied for the third most interceptions with 10. He also fits into the dual-threat mold as he has rushed for 325 yards with one rushing touchdown. Wilson has more weapons than ever before with guys like DK Metcalf, Chris Carson and Tyler Lockett, but if he can’t fix the errors and begin winning more games quickly, he can kiss his early season favorite status goodbye.