2019 NFL MVP Race: Jackson and Prescott in a tight race through two weeks

Week 2 of the NFL season hasn’t disappointed, with several exciting performances from some of the league’s best players. Through two weeks, which players have inserted themselves into the NFL MVP conversation?

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Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson – Cincinnati Bengals Michael Johnson” by Jack Kurzenknabe is licensed under Public Domain

In just two weeks of the NFL season, the NFL MVP race is already a tight one. Although we’ve seen several players have great performances, two players have stuck out in particular. Those two players are quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott.

Through two games, Jackson and Prescott have arguably been the best quarterbacks in the league. We all know MVP is a quarterback award 90% of the time, therefore making Jackson and Prescott the leaders at this point of the season. Let’s take a look at what they’ve been able to do in their first two games.

 

Lamar Jackson

Completion percentage: 71.9%

Passing yards: 596

Touchdown passes: Seven

Interceptions: Zero

Passer rating: 145.2

Rushing yards: 126

Rushing touchdowns: Zero

 

Dak Prescott

Completion percentage: 82.3%

Passing yards: 674

Touchdown passes: Seven

Interceptions: One

Passer rating: 142.9

Rushing yards: 81

Rushing touchdowns: Zero

Now let’s break it down a little bit. Both Prescott and Jackson are two of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the league, yet neither of them have been in the conversation as one of the best quarterbacks in the league during their time in the NFL. Well, here they are in that conversation after dominating performances in the passing game.

Prescott has completed 82.3% of his passes for 674 yards and seven touchdowns, while Jackson has completed 71.9% of his passes for 596 yards and seven touchdowns. Prescott has been the more accurate passer of the two so far, but he has thrown an interception. However, that interception wasn’t his fault. That pass bounced off his receivers hands and into the hands of a Redskins defender. Regardless of who was at fault, an interception is an interception. Still, Prescott has been more accurate, while at the same time throwing for more yards than Jackson.

What Jackson hasn’t done through the air, he’s done on the ground, gaining 126 rushing yards in two games. His 126 is 45 more yards than Prescott’s 81 rushing yards. In total, Prescott has 755 total yards to Jackson’s 722 total yards. Just 33 yards separates these two guys.

Next we’ll look at passer rating, which in all honesty, doesn’t make sense to me, and I’ll tell you why. Both Prescott and Jackson had perfect passer ratings of 158.3 in their opening games. In their second games, Prescott had a passer rating of 123.5 and Jackson had a rating of 104.8. The reason why this doesn’t make sense, is because although Prescott had a better passer rating in his second game than Jackson, Jackson has the better passer rating overall. Not really sure about this one. Regardless, not much separates these two again, with Jackson at a 145.2 rating and Prescott at a 142.9.

 

In total, here’s what separates the two quarterbacks after two weeks.

Completion percentage: 10.4%, advantage Prescott

Passing yards: 78 yards, advantage Prescott

Touchdown passes: Even (Seven)

Interceptions: One for Prescott, advantage Jackson

Passer rating: 2.3, advantage Jackson

Rushing yards: 45, advantage Jackson

Rushing touchdowns: Even (Zero)

Total yards: 33, advantage Prescott

Wins: Even (Two)

As you can see, the race between Prescott and Jackson right now is a tight one. Prescott had the advantage in three categories, Jackson has the advantage in three, and they’re even in the other three. Yes, it’s only been two weeks of the NFL season, but it’s hard to argue against Jackson and Prescott as the two best quarterbacks in league to this point.

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