With two weeks of the NFL season in the books, it’s the perfect time to tee up the debate for NFL MVP.
Two of the most surprising players so far – Ryan Fitzpatrick (33/1) and Patrick Mahomes (8/1) – figure to be the front-runners in the early goings.
Both are quarterbacks, which provides an inside track to winning an MVP, but one may have a much easier time winning over voters when award time comes.
Mahomes is the young gun, a former first-round pick who has absolutely destroyed defenses in his first two games of 2018. After tossing six touchdowns against the Steelers in Week 2, Mahomes claimed the NFL record for most touchdown passes through his team’s first two games with 10. That record used to belong to Peyton Manning. And that may be just the first of the touchdowns-through-number-of-games records Mahomes takes this season.
While Mahomes is winning over hearts, Fitzpatrick is delivering a welcomed site that thrills the minds. Throughout his long NFL career, the Harvard graduate has shown flashes of solid play at several stops. While the Fitz-Magic show is great to see, just like real magic shows it can sour as time goes on or the secrets are discovered. With Jameis Winston returning from suspension after Week 3 and everyone waiting on the career backup version of Fitzpatrick to show up, the bearded thrower may have to put together one of the most magical seasons in NFL history to not only keep the starting job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but also to win over MVP voters. At least he’s on his way with back-to-back 400-yard four-touchdown games to open the season.
Other signal-callers who figure to be in the race throughout the season include Tom Brady (10/1) of course, Aaron Rodgers (3.5/1) who is currently the fav after pulling off an amazing comeback on one-leg in Week 1, and Kirk Cousins (25/1) who is torching defenses after signing with the Vikings.
Could a running back claim the MVP this season?
The last rusher to do so was Adrian Peterson in 2012 and LaDainian Tomlinson before that in 2006. Wait … 2006, 2012 … 2018? Maybe a running back is due to win the award this season.
The front-runners are the obvious choices: Todd Gurley (8/1) four touchdowns in his first two games, and Alvin Kamara (25/1) who is taking the league by storm with his on and off the field swag.
Let’s look at the case for Alvin Kamara’s MVP candidacy.
In the first two games of the season, Kamara has 240 total yards and 3 of the Saint’s 7 TDs . Everyone has seen how bad the Saints look. So, if the team turns things around behind Kamara tearing up defenses, it will easily increase his chances of earning MVP honors.
There’s also his skill set. With the Saints struggling tremendously on Defense, Kamara will need to be heavily involved in the passing game for them to find success. This could lead to a Marshall Faulk-like season with Kamara recording more than 1,000 rushing yards as well as more than 1,000 receiving yards. Throw in about 15 to 20 touchdowns while the Saints sneak into the playoffs as a wild card and you have an MVP.
For the below average bettor, the payout could be worth the risk. I plan to save $50 by drinking only Natty Lights for a week or two, then turn that $50 into $1,250!
My Future MVP Pick: Alvin Kamara (25/1)