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The 2018-19 NFL season has given us outstanding performances from athletes of veteran status and the rookies. The season began with many high expectations for the LA Rams after their productive offseason snagging key players like Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, and Ndamukong Suh. Just within the first five games, we could see a bright future for the Rams offense with MVP caliber players, like Jared Goff at quarterback and Todd Gurley at running back. Jared Goff stands strong with a passing completion percentage 66.4% for 27 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. In my opinion, my MVP vote would go for Todd Gurley… only if his offensive line wasn’t so good. Nevertheless, he awes the league with 233 carries for 1,175 yards and 15 TDs, and from the air, 46 catches, 474 receiving yards, and 4 TDs. He would also be the first running back to win MVP since Adrian Peterson in 2012 (Siegel).

However, as the season progressed, the New Orleans Saints stole the show after winning ten straight and Drew Brees having the season of a lifetime, even for future-Hall of Fame standards. Drew Brees broke his own record, and league record, for completion percentage in a season, 75.5%, and for passer rating in a season, 123.3. Also, he didn’t even throw two interceptions until Week 8. Without a doubt, this has been a long time coming for the veteran quarterback, and with a season like this, it is hard to find anyone else with a better resume… except one (Siegel).

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has been lights out this season, dominating the quarterback position with 4,300 passing yards on the season and a completion percentage of 66.9%. The 23-year-old continues to stun the league, especially after his performance last night, adding to his already stacked resume. With a relatively easy schedule left, the former Texas Tech quarterback could break Peyton Manning’s record for touchdown passes in a single season (55), he is already at 48 (Kezirian). But, the main question is, who will be our new MVP. Now that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are having off years, the race for MVP has become a true competition, with record-breaking stats from players around the league. I certainly can’t wait to see how it all pans out.

Sources:

Kezirian, Doug. “Patrick Mahomes Supplants Drew Brees as Betting Favorite for MVP.” ESPN, ESPN Internet Ventures, 13 Dec. 2018, www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/25526590/patrick-mahomes-kansas-city-chiefs-again-betting-favorite-nfl-mvp.

Siegel, Alan. “2018 NFL MVP Race: Ranking the Seven Best Candidates.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 7 Dec. 2018, touchdownwire.usatoday.com/2018/12/07/ranking-nfl-mvp-candidates/.

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