This year’s NFL MVP race will prove to be one of the more exciting in the history of the NFL. While this year’s race has a lot of already well-known players, there seem to be a few players who weren’t expected to be in this position before this season.
Among these lesser-known players are Ram’s defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Viking’s quarterback Case Keenum. Some of the expected candidates include Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Todd Gurley and Russell Wilson.
As of now, the leader in most MVP polls is Tom Brady who leads the NFL in completions, passing yards, and yards per attempt. Brady is 40 years old and still taking the NFL by storm with his leadership and playmaking abilities. With Brady at the helm, the Patriots have secured home-field advantage throughout all of the playoffs and have done so with an injury-plagued offense. Many analysts have been saying that while Brady is playing very well, he isn’t playing as well as he has in the past. However, Brady led the Patriots to a 12-3 record without his #1 receiver and this says a lot about him as a competitor.
While Brady is heading most polls, most polls have Todd Gurley as being only slightly behind him in votes. Gurley has been the catalyst behind the Ram’s #1 ranked offense through week 16. He has rushed for over 2000 yards and has racked up a total of 19 touchdowns. Gurley is the driving force that has transformed the Ram’s offense from being mediocre to almost unstoppable.
Although there isn’t much variability among the top two spots, the next three spots seem to be up for grabs amongst the remaining MVP candidates.
Amongst Brady and Gurley, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Donald, and Drew Brees have also largely been securing the 3-5 spots on most analysts top 5 candidates lists.