Ever since the first week of the season, I’ve been ranking the top five NFL MVP candidates. This week is different. This week I’ve cut my list down to three candidates for MVP. The reason why I’ve cut down the list, is because I feel like there are only three players who really have a shot at winning this award with three weeks left in the season. So, the rest of the way we’ll be looking at the top three rather than top five NFL MVP rankings.
Which three players are still in contention for the award? Let’s find out who makes the cut!
1. QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes had another spectacular performance against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Mahomes completed 66% of his passes for 377 yards, two TDs and one INT. That performance came against the number one ranked defense in points per game, the Baltimore Ravens.
While Mahomes put up good numbers, his numbers weren’t the most impressive part about this performance. Mahomes was able to lead a comeback victory over the Ravens, tying the game with less than a minute left and then putting his team in position for a FG in OT. Then there was the insane no look pass Mahomes threw! If you didn’t see that one, go watch the replay. I don’t know how this guy does it. With only three weeks left in the season, Mahomes seems to have a choke hold on the MVP award.
2. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees was able to bounce back nicely against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a terrible game against the Dallas Cowboys the week before. Brees completed 77.4 of his passes for 201 yards, one TD and one INT. While Brees was able to get his team the win and put up decent numbers, I feel like he’s losing more and more ground every week in the MVP race.
After throwing just one INT through 11 weeks of the season, Brees has now thrown an INT in three straight games. That, combined with a lack of big numbers, has him losing ground with little time left.
3. QB Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers was able to lead the Chargers to a 26-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. With how much the Bengals are banged up right now, I thought the Chargers would have put up more points, but they got the win and that’s what really matters.
In that win, Rivers threw for 220 yards and one TD on 65.5% completions. Not incredible numbers, but not bad. Rivers may not have done anything last week to help his MVP case, but he also didn’t do anything to hurt it. That’s why he remains third in my MVP rankings.
Who’s off the list?
QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson was ranked fourth on the list last week, but I couldn’t put him in the top three after his bad performance last night against the Vikings. His team got the win, but he only completed 50% of his passes for 72 yards and one INT. That one INT may have been the worst INT I’ve ever seen. It was that bad.
QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff was ranked fifth on my list last week. With a terrible performance against the Chicago Bears, there was no way I could put him in the top three. Goff completed just 45.5% of his passes for 180 yards and no TDs. He also threw four INTs. How bad was Goff really? His passer rating was 19.1. 19.1! That’s just embarrassing. If there was any chance for Goff to be the NFL MVP this season, it’s gone now.