Two QBs on my top five NFL MVP rankings list had a bye this past week, meaning there wasn’t a lot of movement after Week 12. However, there is one new name on the list. That means someone got kicked off. Who is this new name? I’ll give you a hint. He hasn’t been on this list before.
Need another hint? Okay, I’ll give you one. He’s a QB. Think you might know who it is? Let’s find out if you guessed it right!
1. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Another dominating performance by Drew Brees and the Saints continues to earn Brees the number one spot on my NFL MVP rankings. Brees didn’t have big numbers in this one, throwing for only 171 yards. He also threw an INT, but it was just his second of the season.
However, Brees threw four TD passes in a 31-17 win over the Falcons. That was his third game in the last four weeks throwing four TD passes. Brees continues to have the best completion percentage and best passer rating, all while leading the NFL’s best team.
2. QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
I couldn’t move Patrick Mahomes up or down this week because he had a bye. I can’t say anything about his performance this week, so I’ll have to restate what he’s done over the course of the season. Mahomes has his team as the best in the AFC at 9-2. He leads the NFL in passing TDs, is third in passing yards and is second in passer rating. Pretty dang good stats if you ask me.
3. QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Like Mahomes, Goff had a bye this week, so I couldn’t knock him or move him up. He’s the QB of a team tied for the best record in the NFL. He’s got the fourth best passer rating, fourth most yards and fourth most TDs. He’s having a great year, having come through in the clutch multiple times.
4. QB Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
After a subpar performance and loss against the Denver Broncos, Philip Rivers bounced back in a huge way against the Arizona Cardinals! Rivers completed 28 of his 29 passes, completing his first 25. That tied the most consecutive completions ever. He also set the record for most completions to start a game. Rivers also set the record for best completion rate, completing 96.55% of his passes.
Talk about an MVP performance. That alone looks great, and I hadn’t even mentioned he threw for 259 yards and three TDs! Congrats to Rivers on his record setting day, getting the victory and keeping himself very much alive in the MVP conversation.
5. QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
A first timer on my NFL MVP rankings this season, Andrew Luck has been on fire over the last five games. After the Colts started 1-5, Luck has led them to five straight wins and a 6-5 record, very much so keeping them alive in the playoff conversation.
Though Luck did throw two INTs against the Dolphins, he completed 81.1% of his passes for 343 yards and three TDs. What’s most impressive about that, is the fact that Luck led the Colts to a victory after being down 10 points in the fourth quarter. Luck played his best when his team needed him most, earning him the number five spot on my NFL MVP rankings.
Who’s off the list?
RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Although I didn’t knock Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff for having a bye, I did knock Todd Gurley. It wasn’t so much because he had a bye, but rather because he’s a RB. I don’t doubt Todd Gurley will win offensive player of the year, but MVP has become a QB award. There are too many QBs playing at a high level right now for a RB to be named MVP.
Too add to that, Gurley is no longer the NFL’s rushing leader. Ezekiel Elliott has been running wild lately and has taken over that title for now. There’s a good chance Zeke will finish the season as the rushing leader, because he’s the guy Dallas goes through every game. For Gurley to win MVP, he’d have to put up ridiculous rushing numbers. His TDs are great, but the rushing yards aren’t something we’ve never seen before.