THE MIDSEASON FRONTRUNNERS FOR NFL MVP

2022-11-06 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
Josh Allen of Buffalo Bills and Jalen Hurts of Philadelphia Eagles

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We have passed the midway point of the 2022 NFL season, and while there is still a lot that can happen, we have seen numerous players stand out and help their teams succeed.
A quarterback has won the MVP trophy in the previous nine seasons, so it should be no surprise that a trio of QBs, for my money, have the inside track on the award so far in 2022.
Only one player on my list has ever won the award before, and they are all worthy candidates who have been dominant for their respective clubs.
Here are my top-five candidates for league MVP right now.
5. Tyreek Hill- Miami Dolphins
The former Chiefs receiver has lived up to his billing since arriving in South Beach and may have already exceeded what we thought he could do with this offence.
Hill has already put up over 160 yards receiving in four games and has been equally as productive when Tua Tagovialoa was out injured.
Heading into Sunday’s action, he led the league with 961 yards through the air and is currently on pace for a record-breaking 2,042-yard campaign.
4. Micah Parsons- Dallas Cowboys
No defensive player has won this award since Lawrence Taylor with the New York Giants in 1986, but this season, the Cowboys linebacker deserves some love for his play.
He may be the premier defensive player in this league, with eight sacks, 14 quarterback hits and nine tackles for losses before their game on Sunday versus Green Bay.
Those are some impressive numbers, but his versatility is remarkable as Parsons has thrived in pass coverage and is always willing to take on the NFL’s most prominent and fastest running backs.
3. Patrick Mahomes- NFL MVP
The 2018 winner of this award has put together another stellar campaign, as the KC pivot is never short on magical plays.
Heading into their Sunday encounter, Mahomes had 20 TD passes to lead the NFL in an offence stripped of perhaps its deadliest weapon when Tyreek Hill went to Miami.
Mahomes has quickly developed chemistry with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, while Travis Kelce has been dependable, as you would expect.
Before their game, on Sunday, the Chiefs’ league-leading 31.9 points per game was nearly a field goal better than perhaps their biggest AFC adversaries, the Buffalo Bills (29.0).
2. Jalen Hurts- Philadelphia Eagles
In the City of Brotherly Love, no Eagles player deserves more love than quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The Eagles pivot has been sensational in 2022, becoming the first QB in Philly’s 90-season history to win 11 consecutive regular-season starts before Sunday.
Hurts has long been regarded as a raw passer in this league, but he has shown some real Moxy, along with pinpoint accuracy, posting an NFC-leading 107.8 passer rating to go along with 18TDs through his first eight games this year.
1. Josh Allen- Buffalo Bills
Second-best is an all too familiar feeling when you represent the Buffalo Bills, who lost four consecutive Super Bowls in the 90s. At the same time, Allen finished second to Aaron Rodgers in MVP voting a year ago.
While it remains to be seen if the Bills can break their Super Bowl curse, Josh Allen, for me, is the best player in the NFL right now.
Through the first eight weeks of the season, he was averaging 314 passing yards a game, giving him a legitimate shot at beating the single-season passing yards record set by Peyton Manning (5,477).
In addition to that, Allen has accounted for 21 TDs before their Sunday game (19 passing, two rushings).
He averaged 43.7 rushing yards a game through the opening eight weeks, helping the Bills to their best regular-season start since their AFC championship-winning teams of the 1990s.
As things stand right now, I believe he is the player to catch in the race for the MVP title.
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