Way too Early NFL MVP Race
10 of the last 11 MVPs have come from the quarterback position, so that’s a good place to start.
35 year old Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is taking advantage of his time as the starter. He leads the NFL in passing yards and has three straight 400 yard passing games. He’s second in the NFL with 11 touchdown passes. He got off to a slow start last week against Pittsburgh and finished the game with three interceptions against three touchdowns.
Ageless wonder Drew Brees shows little sign of slowing down. The 39 year old Saints quarterback has eight touchdowns against zero interceptions. He’s competing passes at a ridiculous 80.6 percent. At 359 yards per game, Brees ranks third in passing yards.
Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins is long shot over the course of the season, but he’s led the Dolphins to a 3-0 record with seven touchdowns, including five against zero interceptions in his last two games over the Jets and Raiders. Tannehill is fourth in passing efficiency at 121.8. He’s also the only quarterback in the Top 5 in efficiency with more than 70 yards rushing.
Considering six of the last 11 MVP trophies have either gone to Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, including last year, we’d be remiss to not look at Brady. Brady and the Patriots have gotten off to a slow start at 1-2, and Brady had 133 yards and an interception in a 26-10 loss to the Lions last week. Never count Brady and the Patriots out, but it might be time for some new blood.
Speaking of new blood… Each of the other four quarterbacks is over 30. Enter 23 year old Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. Mahomes is leading the NFL in efficiency with a whopping 137.4. By comparison, Brady’s best season was the 16-0 2007 campaign when he had a 117.2 rating, and the first of his three MVPs. Mahomes has thrown for an incredible 13 touchdowns in three games against zero interceptions. He torched the Steelers in week two on 23 of 28 passing for 326 yards and six touchdowns. Mahomes and the Chiefs face the 22nd ranked passing defense of the Denver Broncos this weekend.
There’s no way Mahomes can keep up this pace, but he’s definitely leading the Way too Early MVP Race.