While we're in week 13 of the NFL season, we look who could emerge as the MVP candidates for the 2018-2019 season.
Mahomes continues to wheel and deal, slinging TDs left and right and racking up passing yards. He leads the league in both categories. However, he’s thrown seven interceptions in his past five games. He's currently on pace for over 5,00 yards and 50 touchdowns. Safe to say the odds are in his favor.
After beating the undefeated Rams at home, Drew Brees’ MVP stock is on the rise big time. Against the Rams, he finished just shy of 350 passing yards with four TD passes and no interceptions. Brees has been remarkable on the year with just one interception. It’s amazing that Brees has never won an MVP.
The Saints have a tougher schedule than the Chiefs down the stretch which means it’s going to be tough for Brees to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark, but if New Orleans can remain unscathed through its difficult season-ending schedule, MVP voters could opt to reward him with the trophy for it.
An MVP candidate a year ago, Todd Gurley is having an even better season — unfortunately, he just happens to be doing so in perhaps the greatest quarterback year in NFL history.
The Rams are no longer undefeated and Gurley was very mediocre, as far as Gurley goes. Getting just 19 touches in the loss against the Saints in Week 9. Gurley managed only 79 total yards and one measly touchdown. However, that game for Gurley was going to sooner rather than later just due regression.
The Rams’ offense revolves around Gurley. Coach Sean McVay forces defenses to respond to Gurley’s ability to run and catch the football. Gurley leads the NFL with 868 rushing yards while adding 37 catches for 362 yards. Gurley has 16 total touchdowns, as the centerpiece of an offense that is nearly impossible to stop.
Here's what's interesting Gurley's efficiency; his 4.7 yards per rush and 11.3 yards per catch. He’s the league’s best downhill runner and is a weapon in the passing game, both out of the backfield and, to a certain degree lately, when split out.
This one is more honorable mention unless the Patriots earn home-field advantage. The former league MVP was bound to see regression at age 41. Some of the throws he would make two or three years ago might not be there.
Tom Brady has always done less with more and its no secret this season. Julian Edelman missed the first four games with a suspension, Gronk has been in and out of the lineup. The Patriots had to trade for Josh Gordon and now Brady has him recording 100-yard receiving games.
Sunday night’s win over Rodgers and the Packers was the classic example of what Brady means to the Patriots. He does enough to win. Brady is completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,494 yards and 17 touchdowns.