If NFL Week 9 proved anything, it’s that there are more contenders for the MVP than Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes. Most of the MVP choices from Week 8 are in the running while a perennial contender, a player who has never won the award before, stepped it up and threw his helmet in the ring. Check out updates on the top contenders so you can go ahead and make your bets against their odds to win the NFL MPV Regular Season Award!
NFL MVP Award Update: Rodgers and Mahomes Back in the Race
2020 NFL MVP Announcement
In the running
Wilson takes backward step with performance versus the Bills opening the door for Patrick Mahomes
Russell played well enough to maintain his lead, but he didn’t play well enough to keep the others from putting a chink in his armor. Wilson through for 390 yards. That was terrific. He also threw two interceptions.
The two interceptions were costly and one of the reasons the Buffalo Bills beat the Seattle Seahawks 44-34. The Bills are now 7-2 while the Seahawks drop to 6-2. The Hawks are now a game ahead of the Cardinals and Rams. Because Seattle plays Los Angeles next Sunday, Russell will have a great chance to prove his performance versus Buffalo was an anomaly.
Russell’s struggles against Buffalo opened the door for preseason favorite Patrick Mahomes. Patrick is right on Wilson’s heels after a 372 yards 4 TD performance. For the season, Patrick has thrown 25 touchdowns, for 2687 yards, and just 1 interception. The single interception is impressive.
Rodgers and Jackson step it up and Kyler drops out
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers dominated the down on their luck San Francisco 49ers in this week’s Thursday game. Rodgers threw 4 touchdown passes and for 305 yards. Although he performed great, the Pack did play against the San Francisco 49ers, a team with more key injuries than we can count.
Lamar Jackson’s team beat the Indianapolis Colts. For that, Lamar gets some credit. The bulk of the credit, though, goes to the defense, which picked off Philip Rivers and held the Colts to 10 points.
Neither Lamar nor Aaron will sway voters with their performances in Week 9, but they won’t drop out of the race. Kyler Murray may have, though. Even though Murray’s team didn’t lose because of anything he did, Kyler has 7 interceptions and only 10 touchdown throws this season. Neither is good enough to win NFL MVP.
Drew Brees dominates the Buccaneers while Terrific Tom struggles
Although Drew Brees hasn’t thrown a ton of touchdown passes, just 17, he’s completing 74% of. That’s ridiculous. More importantly? With his performance on Sunday night, 222 yards, an 81.3 completion percentage, and 4 touchdown passes, the Saints went to 6-2 and are not only leading the NFC South but are also tied with Seattle for the best record in the conference.
While Brees led his team to a victory, Tom Brady struggled in the same game. New Orleans’ defense picked Tom off three times. They held him to 209 yards while the Bucs scored a horrendous 3 points in the 3 to 38 loss.
Brees becomes a contender, albeit a longshot contender, even though he’s light on touchdown passes. Brady drops out of the race.
Have a great week!
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