With just over a quarter of the season gone, it is time to look at early MVP candidates. When ever you look this early, staying healthy will play a big factor. We have seen some incredible performances so far and hope to see them continue
1. Justin Herbert: Leading the Chargers, in his rookie year this former Oregon standout is putting up college esq numbers. He leads the league with 1,837 passing yards, but that pails in comparison to his 137.8 passer rating and 80% completion mark. If he keeps this up he will set records, and take home hardware.
2. Deshaun Watson: Some thought losing DeAndre Hopkins would hinder Deshauns production this year, those people were wrong. Deshaun is having a career year with 18 touchdown passes in just 5 games. The Texans remain undefeated and if Watson stays hot, look for the Texans to make a run in the playoffs
3. Matthew Stafford: Known for having solid stats but not many wins, Matt looks to buck that trend this year. He has the stats and the wins early in the year. In just 4 games he has 1,501 pass yards and 113.4 passer rating.
4. Tom Brady: The ageless wonder is at it again. He lacks the pass yards as some on the list above him but boats a ridiculous 13-2 td-int ratio. His 131 passer rating is second only to Justin Herbert. If he can pick up some more yards while staying this efficient patriot fans may be upset when Mvp is announced at the end of the year
5. Austin Ekeler: Proving doubters wrong, Austin is excelling in his feature back role. On the ground he has amassed 611 rush yards and 13 touchdowns. If you add in his 162 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, he is on pace for an astounding 3000 yards from scrimmage. He may have to beat his teammate for the award, but if this tandem keeps it up they may have their eyes set on a bigger trophy.
Dark horse candidates Khalil Mack: Defensive players usually don’t make the short list of Mvp candidates, but Mack is the Bears team right now. While struggling on offense Mack leads the league with 8.5 sacks. No one else on his team has more then 1, regularly facing double or triple teams Mack is still on pace to set a single season record for sacks
Jonathan Taylor: Taylor went down early in the first game of the season, but still leads the league in rushing during his rookie campaign. He has to fight for touches in a crowded backfield but looks to be separating himself. With 819 yards on the ground and 190 through the air, look for the Colts to keep feeding their young stud.
Check back in a few weeks to see our updated mid season MVP watch.