It is fitting that in a year where many NFL teams will be judged in the final game of the playoff season, the MVP race is concluded in a thrilling fashion with late-season heroes ultimately defining who will walk away with the coveted award Can do.
And entering Week 17, the MVP is a new favorite to win. Our panel of nine analysts polled the top 10 players in the MVP race so far, and then we determined our top five candidates using those nine sets of rankings, each using Heisman Trophy-esque scaling for the rankings. Based on the turnout in this final round, we agree with the consensus around the league that it is a toss-up between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. But six of our nine panelists ranked the Packers’ quarterbacks at No. 1.
The 2020 MVP will be decided between two of the league’s best quarterbacks, but there are some others who have made a compelling case. Here’s a look at our final MVP watch rankings.
Note: Our panel consists of Matt Bowen, Mike Clay, Courtney Cronin, Jeremy Fowler, Dan Graziano, Mina Kimes, Jason Reid, Kevin Seifert and Fields Yates. Odds from Kaiser Sportsbook are provided by William Hill.
Top five | just missed
2020 statistics: 4,059 passing yards, 44 TDs, 5 interceptions (plus 145 rising yards and 3 rushing TDs) in 15 games.
First place vote: 8 of 4 | Odds to win MVP: -260
The Rockers put Jordan Love on notice in April after being introduced as MVP front-runner eight months later. Green Bay is on a tear since quarterback Week 12, throwing at least three touchdowns in four of the Packers’ last five wins. Rodgers is now on his way to capture his third MVP award after a dominant prime-time performance against Tennessee on Sunday, where he earned his season-defining win (four touchdowns). It was also his 13th game this season with a 100-plus passer rating, which is tied for the most games in a single season in the Super Bowl era, a feat he accomplished for the first time in which he was the league’s most valuable player. Was named. 2011.
The Rodgers have made more with fewer weapons around them, while leading all league in touchdown passes (44) and passer rating (119.4), finishing second in completion percentage (70.3%) and in passing yards. Sitting in fifth position. With another win against Chicago in Week 17, the Packers will close the NFC’s top seed and first-round by-election. If Rodger hasn’t already cemented himself as the MVP, the Packers will be helped to complete what would be a feat.
While Mahomes may be the league’s most valuable player on a large scale and the face of the NFL, Rodgers is the most important part of his team’s success. So he finishes this season as a potential MVP.
2020 statistics: 4,740 passing yards, 38 TDs, 6 interceptions (plus 308 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs) in 15 matches.
First place vote: 4 of 3 | Odds to win MVP: 210
While the Mahomes have been very successful at quarterbacking the Chiefs to a 14–1 record, there are not many categories where the reigning Super Bowl champions have defeated the Rodgers. Simply put, the Packers quarterback has pushed Mahomes out of the stretch, and a week off for the Chiefs ‘QB’ against the Falcons is linked to the fact that Rodgers exploded in Sunday night football and spilled into the coffin. Can. Mahomes’ three interceptions against Miami in Week 14 do not help his case. Neither did his career-low 5.4 yards per attempt vs. the Saints.
Kansas City QB will need to possibly win the top spot against the Chargers in the Chiefs’ regular-season finale, but it looks like coach Andy Reid is taking some rest before regaining his title . Next month. Of course, none of this is to say that the 25-year-old is emphatic, terrible, or whatever other adjective he might use to describe his play in 2020. Mahomes leads the NFL in passing yardage and regularly pulls wild, head-to-head, playing miracles that leave the rest of the league on his own talent. Rodgers has been slightly better this season.
2020 statistics: 4,320 passing yards, 34 TDs, 9 interceptions (plus 418 rising yards and 8 rushing TDs) in 15 games.
Top Five Votes: 8 of 4 | Odds to win MVP: 1200
According to ESPN Stats and Information, no quarterback has seen a larger increase in total QBR from 2019 (49.4) to 2020 (81.6) than Ellen. It has helped the Bills dominate the AFC East with their first division title since 1995 and sweep the Patriots’ first season in 20 years.
Ellen is far behind winning the MVP with Rodgers and Mahomes, but he is no less qualified in conversation after his remarkable turnaround, completing 68% of his passes for more than 4,000 yards and winning his most single-season win to the Buffalo Since 1993 to help. Allen put up an exclamation point in his terrible 2020 throwing for 320 yards and four touchdowns in a dominant all-time victory over the Patriots, which earned him the eighth 300-yard passing game of the season. His 34 passing touchdowns also set a single-season franchise record.
2020 statistics: 1,777 rushing yards in 15 games, 15 TDs (plus 114 receiving yards)
Top Five Votes: 6 of 5 | Odds to win MVP: +5000
Henry is capturing his second straight rushing title and is 223 yards away from becoming the eighth player to join the 2,000-yard running club. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry in the month of December, tied for the most in NFL history among players with at least 300 rushing attempts. And what is perhaps most impressive is that despite his workload, Henry has stumbled only once this season.
The Titans are 10-5 to block the bid for the AFC South and the playoffs, as Henry has told every game they played in 2020. He has at least 75 rushing yards in 12 of his 15 matches. , And he has run for less than 60 just once.
2020 statistics: 4,031 passing yards, 38 TDs, 13 interceptions (plus 484 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs) in 15 games.
Top Five Votes: 6 of 5 | Odds to win MVP: 10,000
Wilson did not return his early-season MVP form to beat the Rams and capture the NFC West, but he did not let Aaron Donald ruin the Seahawks’ game plan and play well enough to stay in the conversation. . Seattle’s defense has put Wilson in some tough situations where he needs to win late, and this should be borne in mind when he is asked to take over in 2020. 13 interceptions, tied for third most in the NFL.
Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams: Donald tried his best to keep Wilson uneasy in Week 16, noting eight pressures and one sack. His 13.5 sack rank after TJ Watt (15), the only player to stand in the way of Donald’s third Defensive Player of the Year award since 2017. Donald is one of the best defenders in the league and an anchor for Ram. Defense that ranked in the top three in efficiency.
Alvin Kamra, RB, New Orleans Saints: Henry gets the love of it all, but let’s not forget about the season Kamara finished with 1,688 yards (third most) and 21 total TDs (six compared to the Titans’ MVP candidate). Without three of their top four receivers, the Saints ran everything through Kamra in their Christmas day victory, and, the boy delivered him. Kamra raced for six TDs against Minnesota, breaking the NFL’s single game record. And in the process, he set New Orleans’ franchise record for touchdowns in a season.
Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Currently 150-1 odds to win the MVP, Brady reached one of the lofty expectations set before him before he signed with Tampa Bay in March. For the first time since 2007, the Breeds tied the playoffs after setting up 348 first-half passing yards in a boundary of the Lions. After hitting a wall in November, and questions were raised about the viability of the Bucs’ offense in the postseason, Brady corrected the ship and his team would play in January.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chief: To help Kansas City shut down the No. 1 seeds in the AFC playoffs in Week 16, Kelce caught seven passes for 98 yards. He is the first tight end to have two 100-catch seasons, and holds the single-season yardage record for a tight end with 1,467 through 15 games.
Kylar Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals are in an aggressive slope with their season in the line and could miss the playoffs if they are not able to go to the play 17s. He will not be the first player in the 17th week. And the crowd for 1,000, but his influence on Arizona’s success – especially with his feet – has been felt throughout 2020. The Cardinals are 0–5 when Murray runs seven or fewer times in a game and 8–2 when he scores eight or more times.
Getting votes too
These players received at least one top-10 vote from our nine experts. Keep in mind that those votes came out of the top five in most cases.
Ben Rothlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
TJ Watt, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Stephen Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Deshawn Watson, QB, Houston Texas
Jaylen Ramsey, CB, Los Angeles Rams
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Xavian Howard, CB, Miami Dolphins