WHY did you do this to us football gods? You had already taken the fun out of the season by throwing J.J. Watt, Odell Beckham and Aaron Rodgers under an injury cloud. But, Carson Wentz? That’s a whole different level of cruel. With the Philadelphia phenom done for the season (and maybe beyond) with an ACL tear, not all hope is lost for the Eagles claiming the SuperBowl, but it definitely won’t be as fun. While Philly can still be ok, the MVP award won’t be handed to their 2nd-year star now, leaving the race for the league’s highest individual crown wide open.
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Tom Brady, Patriots QB
YAWN. Brady is probably going to take the trophy home let’s be honest. But, that might not be a good thing for the Pats. The 2x MVP in ’07 and ’10 failed to finish the job and win it all in both of those seasons so New England may wish for Brady to finish runner-up. Looking at their schedule ahead the only way he won’t win is if one of their division rivals upsets them, they lose to the Steelers and one of the other candidates below goes bonkers.
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Case Keenum, Vikings QB
I think that Keenum was really unlucky to lose in Carolina over the weekend with his teammates uncharacteristically dropping very catchable passes. At times though, Keenum was dodging potential sacks and looked calm under pressure as the Panthers defense closed in on him. If he can put up efficient numbers against the Bengals, Packers (with a potential healthy Rodgers) and Bears, and guide Minnesota to a top two seed in the NFC, he can mount a case to win the league’s highest individual award.
Antonio Brown, Steelers WR
THIS one’s my favourite. I love it when a non-QB is in the MVP discussion and Brown is in the discussion. Currently Brown is hauling in over 115 receiving yards a game, putting him on track to chalk up 1,850+ by seasons end. Doing so would give him the third most receiving yards in a single season, and his averages over the last month (over 156 receiving yards a game) could see him flirt with the most air yardage in one year we have ever seen. Dare to dream.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks QB
IF you want to talk about a team’s most valuable player then Russell Wilson fits the definition to a tee. The media’s darling after Seattle’s win over Philly came crashing back to Earth this weekend. Despite three turnovers, Wilson wasn’t the reason to blame for the Seahawks loss to Jacksonville though with the dual-threat star throwing for over 270 yards and three scores with 50 rushing yards as well. His MVP chances rest solely on his shoulders as he faces decent opposition that could halt not only his trophy chances, but the Seahawks chances of making the playoffs too. If he can help his squad conquer the next three games it would be hard to overlook him as the league’s best and fairest for season 2017.
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