After finishing the first quarter in the 2019 NFL season, it’s time to see who’s currently in the running to be named as the MVP.
5: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
The two-time MVP has been on a run to start the 2019 season. Rodgers has recorded 1,069 passing yards, 6 TD, and 1 INT. In 2011, an MVP year for Rodgers, the Packers won the Super Bowl over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Packers are 3-1 to start the season, and their upcoming game against the Dallas Cowboys will be a true test. The offense will be without WR Davante Adams, who was responsible for a career-high 180 receiving yards in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
4: Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Cook is having an astronomical year for the Vikings this season. Between 14 games in 2017 and 2018, he found the end zone on 6 occasions. In four games in 2019, that number is already at 5.
Minnesota is 2-2 going into Week 5, but still have time to turn things around. A running back hasn’t won the MVP award since Adrian Peterson in 2012, so the bar is awfully high at the moment.
3: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
After a Week 5 win over the Los Angeles Rams, Wilson has been established as an MVP candidate. Wilson has recorded 1,409 passing yards, 12 TD, and 0 INT. Despite changes to the roster over the years, he has remained consistent.
Wilson’s QB rating sits at 101.5; 2nd all-time behind Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. This season, he is playing consistently enough to be considered an MVP threat.
2: Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Even without a new contract, Prescott has been showing his worth on the field. His success in the NFL so far hasn’t resulted in an MVP award, but he’s been apart of the conversation before.
This year, Prescott has totaled 1,143 passing yards, 9 TD, 3 INT, and has posted a QBR of 113.7. With the MVP race wide open currently, Prescott has the opportunity to take advantage. He has been in the MVP race before, but has never taken home the award. With the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles as two of the team’s next three opponents, they will be key matchups to put on his resume.
1: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Among the elite talent in the NFL, Mahomes may have the best case to repeat as the MVP. This year, he already has 1,510 passing yards, 10 TD, and 0 INT. His hot start already has him on track for another 5,000+ yards and 40+ TD.
The Chiefs are one of three remaining teams without a loss so far, and even without Tyreek Hill, the offense has been impressive. If Mahomes wins the MVP for a second straight year, he will be the first back-to-back award winner since Peyton Manning, who did so in 2008 and 2009.
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