NFL MVP Race: Who is the frontrunner?

NFL MVP Race: Who is the frontrunner?

Cole Paganelli
2 years ago
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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is interviewed after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs

The usual suspects have finally gotten gray and old. When it comes to the NFL’s current MVP picture, the players with the best odds are a new generation of players who have started to put some of the old standards -- especially Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers -- in the background. Some of the best young quarters -- like Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow -- are in the mix for a potential postseason award.

Here’s a look at who the current frontrunners for MVP are.

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Josh Allen (+125)

Allen has transformed from a raw talent from the University of Wyoming into a full-fledged superstar. Buffalo is off to a 5-1 start and has one of the NFL’s top offenses. Allen has been the straw that stirs the drink of this offense.

Allen is fifth in the NFL in passing yards and second in the league in touchdown passes. When it comes to consistency, there are few players in the league who can play like Allen. Allen has passed for 300 or more yards in four games so far this season. Barring an injury to Allen, the MVP looks like his award to lose.

Jalen Hurts (+500)

Philadelphia football fans were hoping for improvements this season. But few would have been expecting a 6-0 start with a total transformation by the offense. Hurts had struggled during his first few years in the league, but the Eagles have found a way to take advantage of his strengths.

Hurts has passed for 1,514 yards and six touchdowns against two interceptions. On the ground, Hurts has utilized his legs in a good way. He has scored six touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 293 yards.

Patrick Mahomes (+500)

Mahomes is having a great season, and the 2018 MVP would normally be among the top choices due to his overall excellence. He has passed for 2,159 yards and 20 touchdowns for a Kansas City squad that will be a Super Bowl contender. However, the MVP award is one that includes other factors other than numbers.

Unless the Chiefs do something spectacular team-wise, it will be difficult for Mahomes to win the award. With Kansas City already losing to Buffalo, Mahomes will have to do something to spectacular to grab the attention of voters.

Saquon Barkley (+5000)

Barkley isn’t a frontrunner, but he is a dark horse that is worth taking a shot on. New York has been able to get off to a 6-1 start thanks to Barkley’s resurgence. So far this season, he’s averaged 5.1 yards per carry and has scored four touchdowns. New York hasn’t had much success with passing the ball.

If the Giants can win the NFC East title or challenge for one of the top spots in the NFC, Barkley may be able to grab an MVP.

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