It's a large week for the MVP ballot. Two of the most sensible 3 applicants performed every different on Sunday night time, when one outplayed the different. And whilst there is a alternate at the most sensible as a outcome, nor is our new No. 1.
It has been Carson Wentz at the most sensible of our ballot since we began it at midseason, however Tom Brady has been proper at the back of him the complete time. And whilst it was once Russell Wilson who helped finish Wentz's win streak, he wasn't the person who zoomed previous the Eagles quarterback for the most sensible spot in our ballot.
With 4 weeks to play, the MVP chief is a dude who has received it two times earlier than. Can Brady hang on? Is it truthful to knock it clear of Wentz after one down week? And how a lot hole-remaining do the Seahawks want to do in the standings to place Wilson in the lead with all he is doing for them?
These and different questions are mentioned at some period on this week's version of our MVP ballot.
Methodology: Our panel of 12 professionals nominated their most sensible 5 applicants. First-place votes are price 5 issues, 2nd-position votes price 4, 3rd-position votes price 3, fourth-position votes price two and 5th-position votes price one. The most sensible 5 finishers are highlighted in the following graphic. Full effects will also be discovered at the backside.
Regular-season passing: 300-for-438 (68.five %); three,632 yards; 26 TDs; four INT; 74.1 Total QBR
The case for Brady: The Patriots' 10-2 document is tied with Philadelphia and Minnesota for the league's perfect, and as we stay announcing right here, the quarterback on the crew with the perfect document is at all times a candidate for MVP. Brady leads the league in passing yards via 330 and ranks 2nd in yards consistent with strive, fourth in QBR, 2nd in of entirety proportion and 2nd in landing passes with 26 to simply 4 interceptions. We would possibly by no means know what he was once yelling at offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels about on the sideline closing week, however we do know Brady is unstoppable even at age 40.
The case towards Brady: Well, Wentz has Brady in landing passes and QBR, however no longer via a lot. And as we're going to speak about beneath, Wilson is shouldering extra of his crew's offensive load than any participant in the league. But the ones are the circumstances for the ones guys. There's no actual case towards Brady at this time.
Regular-season passing: 242-for-399 (60.7 %); three,005 yards; 29 TDs; 6 INT; 73.6 Total QBR
The case for Wentz: The Eagles also are 10-2, and Wentz has extra landing passes (via 3) and slightly upper QBR than Brady. Even in defeat on Sunday night time, Wentz controlled to turn flashes of what has made him so fantastic. He's finishing 66.four % of his passes on 3rd down for a league-perfect reasonable of nine.48 yards consistent with strive, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Dominating on 3rd down and maintaining drives alive is a method to rip out warring parties' hearts. Wentz can do it along with his hands or his legs, and is aware of when to do which.
The case towards Wentz: A large number of Wentz's most sensible-line numbers simply are not elite. He's 26th in of entirety proportion, 10th in passing yards and 10th in yards consistent with strive. This is clearly nitpicking, however we are speaking about the most sensible finish of an overly crowded MVP box. When this many guys are taking part in this neatly, the handiest method to type them out is to nitpick. Wentz gained two of the 4 first-position votes Brady did not get this week, plus 5 2nd-position votes and 5 thirds.
Regular-season passing: 276-for-442 (62.four %); three,256 yards; 26 TDs; eight INT; 62.eight Total QBR
The case for Wilson: Did you watch Sunday night time? Wilson does the whole lot. Running again Mike Davis had 64 yards on 16 carries, which qualifies as a monster day via a Seahawks working again in 2017. Wilson leads his crew in speeding via 224 yards and ranks 6th in the league in passing yards. With no line, no working recreation and a protection that is dropping guys to harm each and every week, Wilson is most certainly -- via strict definition of the phrase -- as precious as any participant in the league this 12 months.
The case towards Wilson: Seattle's eight-four document is ok, however it is two video games worse than New England, Philly and Minnesota, and a recreation worse than the Rams' document in the Seahawks' personal department. Seattle is preventing for a playoff spot, and gamers on non-playoff groups do not have a tendency to win this award. It says the whole lot about Wilson's efficiency thus far that he has two first-position votes, 4 seconds and 5 thirds on this week's ballot. He has an arrow pointing up.
Regular-season passing: 291-for-407 (71.five %); three,298 yards; 17 TDs; five INT; 58.eight Total QBR
The case for Brees: Leading the league in of entirety proportion at 71.five whilst additionally rating a decent fourth in yards consistent with strive with eight.10. To put that during viewpoint: Minnesota's Sam Bradford set the NFL document closing 12 months for unmarried-season of entirety proportion at 71.6, and he averaged handiest 7.02 yards consistent with strive.
The case towards Brees: Is he even the Most worthy participant on his personal crew? You may make the case for working backs Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara, or cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Brees is doing not anything incorrect, and he is taking part in the maximum necessary place on one in every of the league's perfect groups. But he ranks 11th in QBR and 17th in landing passes. Are the ones MVP-caliber numbers?
Regular-season passing: 243-for-360 (67.five %); 2,703 yards; 16 TDs; five INT; 77.2 Total QBR
The case for Keenum: Well, it might be difficult to place the quarterbacks of the different two 10-2 groups on right here and no longer Keenum, would it? Keenum is 8th in passer ranking, 5th in of entirety proportion and 2nd in QBR, at the back of handiest the injured Deshaun Watson. He did not get started the first recreation of the season as a result of the Vikings deliberate to head with Bradford. But he has stuffed in brilliantly and held former first-spherical select Teddy Bridgewater's go back at bay.
The case towards Keenum: Again, the stats. Keenum is solely 14th in passing yards, 16th in landing passes and 12th in yards consistent with strive -- no longer elite numbers on par with what Brady and Wentz are doing. That takes not anything clear of Keenum's good fortune or that of the Vikings, and it might be that they want much less from their quarterback than, say, the Seahawks do from theirs. But that is an MVP race, and a just right one, and Keenum's numbers simply do not stack all the method up.