Top Five NFL MVP Candidates After Week 5

Philip Rivers” by Nathan Rupert is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It was another exciting week in the NFL, consisting of more big performances from some of the leagues best players. There’s not much change on my MVP list this week, but there is one new name. Philip Rivers made the list this week. Scroll down to number five to find out why he’s on my MVP list.


1. QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes didn’t have his best game against the Jaguars. In fact, it was actually his worst game of the season. Mahomes didn’t throw any TD passes, but instead threw his first two INTs of the season. Although Mahomes didn’t throw a TD, he did score a rushing TD on his way to a victory over the Jaguars.

Despite having a bad week, Mahomes still gets the number one spot for me. He’s passing every test he’s had thrown at him. This week wasn’t pretty, but his team beat the best defense in the league, so he still passed. Mahomes also still threw for over 300 yards, so there’s another positive for him. It’s going to take more than one subpar performance from Mahomes to move him down the list. Drew Brees is right on his tail though….

2. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Brees continues to be in the number two spot for me. After not having his best game last week, Brees rebounded in a big way against the Redskins last night. Brees led his team to a 43-19 victory over the Redskins. In that victory, Brees threw for 363 yards and 3 TD passes. He only missed on three throws the entire game!

To make this game even bigger for Brees, he became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards. That’s a huge accomplishment! Getting that record shouldn’t have an impact on Brees winning the MVP award this season. It won’t for me at least. Brees is playing at an MVP level this year, which is why he’s in MVP consideration. He’s got the best QB rating (122.3) and the highest completion percentage in the league (77.9%).

3. QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff didn’t have a great this week. It was more of an average game for Goff. He did throw for 321 yards and a TD, but he also threw two INTs. The most important thing though is that Goff led his team to a victory. It wasn’t a blowout victory this time either. The Rams were down in the fourth quarter, but Goff led a drive ending in a field goal to put them ahead.

Despite the average game, Goff is still 2nd in passer rating and completion percentage. He also leads the NFL in passing yards and is tied for 3rd in TD passes. I’d say those numbers are pretty solid.

4. RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

Even though Gurley isn’t putting up massive numbers statistically, I still believe he’s the best player on the Rams. He gets all the attention, yet still produces. Against the Seahawks this week, Gurley ran for 77 yards while adding 36 yards receiving. He also had three rushing TDs.

Gurley ranks 2nd in rushing yards, and now has sole possession of first place for most rushing TDs (7). He also has the most first downs of any running back. While Goff may be getting better numbers, Gurley is still producing well enough to be ranked here. I think him and Goff will be closely ranked in the MVP race throughout the season.

5. QB Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

I feel like Philip Rivers is quietly having an MVP like season. He’s got his team at 3-2 while putting up great numbers. Rivers is ranked 12th in passing yards, 2nd in TD passes,  9th in completion percentage and 3rd in QB rating. I want to point out that even though Rivers is 9th in completion percentage, he’s still completing over 70% of his passes. He’s also only thrown two INTs on the year.

I think it’s going to be tough for Rivers to win MVP this year because of the way Mahomes and Brees are playing. He’s also on the “other” LA team, which means he doesn’t get as much attention, especially when the Rams are this good. Although that may be the case, Rivers does deserve to be in the MVP conversation at this point in the season.


Who’s Off the List?
RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara was only on my MVP list for one week before finding himself off it. The return of Mark Ingram hurt Kamara’s production. Last night against the Redskins, Kamara had only six carries for 24 yards. He added three catches, but they only went for 15 yards. He didn’t score a TD either. Nine touches for 39 yards and no TDs isn’t going to keep you on the MVP list.

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