by Grant Patterson
After week 5 of the NFL season, there are several front runners for winning the NFL MVP award. Running back Christian McCaffrey, and quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, and last years MVP Patrick Mahomes. These past few weeks it has become clear that McCaffrey is a nightmare for apposing defenses racking up 587 rushing yards, 279 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. He is basically carrying the Panthers on his back considering their quarterback Cam Newton is out with an injury. No team has been able to stop any part of McCaffrey’s game and it has single handedly won the Panthers games like the win against the Texans, where he got 37 touches and put up 179 yards. I do not see any signs of McCaffrey slowing down and I believe he could be the first running back to win the MVP since Adrian Peterson won back in 2012.
The 30 year old QB Russell Wilson has lit up defenses over the past few weeks proving himself to be a potential MVP. He is off to possibly the best start of his career and has the third best QBR behind Mahomes and Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. He has also yet to throw an interception this season giving him a 12-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The Seahawks have only recorded one loss this season to a solid New Orleans Saints team but more importantly the team beat a Super Bowl contending Rams squad last Thursday night. If Wilson keeps it up, he could win his first ever NFL MVP award in 2019.
A player that we probably did not expect to be in this discussion before the season started, is Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson. Watson is clearly a talented player but what NFL fans have seen from him this season has been outstanding. With a few hiccups here and there, the young quarterback has been shredding secondaries week after week. Last Sunday Watson went 28/33 with 426 yards and 5 touchdowns versus the Falcons, giving him an almost perfect QBR for the game. These kinds of numbers are pretty much unheard off and the impact Watson has on his team is almost second to none. It would be a stretch to expect him to win MVP considering his odds are +750 but keep an eye out for this guy because he is truly something special.
Lastly, Patrick Mahomes has looked extremely confident and comfortable this season, and his relationship with coach Andy Reid continues to thrive. The 24 year old has proven that he is no “one hit wonder” and he continues to wow us with his no look passes, across body throws and pocket escaping ability to extend plays. A quarterback has won the last six NFL MVP awards and I would not be surprised to see Mahomes win back-to-back to join Brett Farve, Joe Montana, and Peyton Manning in that special club. If Mahomes stays consistent and leads the Chiefs to a win in the AFC Championship game or Super Bowl, I believe he will be the NFL’s MVP for the second time.