My NFL MVP rankings have a slight shift after Week 10. A new player has taken the top spot from Patrick Mahomes, with another new player kicking one of the best QBs of all-time off the list. Who are the top five NFL MVP candidates after Week 10? Where do they rank? Let’s find out, starting with the new number one!
1. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees and the Saints put a beat down on the Cincinnati Bengals by beating them 51-14. In this game, Drew Brees completed 22 of his 25 passes (88%) for 265 yards and three TDs. Those stats helped him finish with a passer rating of 150.4.
The three TDs Brees threw helped him move into second place on the all-time TD pass list (509). That doesn’t have an impact on his MVP rank for this season, but it’s an incredible accomplishment.
After ranking Drew Brees behind Patrick Mahomes for most of the season and then putting them in a tie for first last week, I realized something this week. I realized that if there’s one QB I’d take for any game right now, it’d be Drew Brees. If there’s one guy I’d take going into the playoffs, it’d be Drew Brees.
Patrick Mahomes has been great this year, but he’s young and doesn’t have the playoff experience Drew Brees has. While Mahomes may be the NFL leader in passing yards and TD passes right now, Brees is the NFL leader in passer rating, completion percentage and least amount of INTs thrown. Drew Brees for NFL MVP!
2. QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Although Patrick Mahomes played very well against the Cardinals, the 26-14 victory wasn’t the offensive output I was expecting. I expected the Chiefs to put up at least 40, but maybe my expectations were a little too high.
Still, Patrick Mahomes completed 21 of his 28 passes (75%) for 249 yards and two TDs. That led him to a passer rating of 125.4. Although I moved Patrick Mahomes down to second in my Week 10 MVP rankings, I still believe there’s a tight race between he and Drew Brees.
I wouldn’t blame you if you’d take Mahomes over Brees. Mahomes leads the NFL in passing yards and TD passes. He’s also second to Drew Brees in passer rating. I’m taking Drew Brees for NFL MVP right now, but Mahomes is right there with him.
3. RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
After a mediocre game last week, Todd Gurley put on a show for the Los Angeles Rams once again. In what was a tightly contested game for the most part, Gurley ran for 120 yards and one TD on 16 carries (7.5 yard average). Gurley also added 40 receiving yards on three receptions.
This game marked the 13th straight game where Gurley scored a TD. 13th straight game! Gurley remains firmly in the lead for the NFL’s rushing title with 988 rushing yards. He also remains the NFL’s leader in rushing TDs with 13. I personally don’t think Gurley will win NFL MVP this season, but as long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll be in the conversation.
4. QB Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers and the Chargers didn’t have the most convincing win over the Raiders, but they did get the win. That’s all that matters. In a 20-6 victory over the Raiders, Rivers completed 18 of his 26 passes (69%) for 223 yards and two TDs. He did throw an INT, but in the long run, it didn’t hurt them. Despite the INT, Rivers had a passer rating of 105.1.
With the Chargers sitting at 7-2, Rivers is leading one of the best teams in the NFL. The Chargers still haven’t been able to tie or take over the top spot in the AFC West, but Rivers is doing everything in his power to not let his team fall behind even more. One slip up from Mahomes and the Chiefs, and the Chargers are right there.
5. QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger is the new addition to my NFL MVP list this week, making his first appearance of the season. Amongst all the talk about Le’Veon Bell, not very many people have noticed how well Big Ben has been playing lately.
Roethlisberger is tied for fourth in TD passes with Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. He’s also fourth in passing yards. Perhaps the most important thing, is the fact that he has the Steelers sitting at 6-2-1. That currently puts them in position for the second seed in the playoffs.
What makes the 6-2-1 record look even better, is the fact that the Steelers started the season 1-2-1. Big Ben has them on a five game winning streak. He most recently led them to a 52-21 beat down of the Carolina Panthers. This spot may go back and fourth between Roethlisberger and Brady, but right now I’d give the edge to Big Ben.
Who’s off the list?
QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
I feel like the Patriots may have been exposed by the Tennessee Titans in their 34-10 loss. Tom Brady completed just 21 of his 41 passes (51.2%) for 254 yards and no TDs. The Titans also held the Patriots to 40 total rushing yards.
This was not an MVP worthy type game for Tom Brady, who was outshined by Marcus Mariota (16 of 24 for 228 yards and two TDs). Brady falls off my list for this bad performance, but also because Ben Roethlisberger is playing at such a high level right now.