Who is your team’s MVP so far this NFL season?

The NFL league MVP won’t be awarded until the end of the regular season, and only one person will receive the award. Each team no matter the record has their own leader and MVP. In crunch time the team looks for this guy to make plays and lead the team. The NFL season is almost at the mid-way point and we all have had a chance to see what our favorite NFL team has to offer. Some teams have surprised us with their impressive starts to the season, others have greatly disappointed. Either way I decided to put together a list of each teams MVP so far this season. Some players will be obvious picks and some may surprise you.

 

  1. Kyler Murray QB (Arizona Cardinals 7-1) – Kyler Murray has steadily improved since entering the league a few years ago. His improvement should be credit to the talent that he has been surrounded with. Murray has a stable of wideouts to get the ball to while have 2 good running backs in the backfield. The Cardinals are off to the best start in franchise history and Murray looks to continue his great performance. He is my front runner for league MVP because without him the team would struggle to move the ball. Murray does need to cut down on the turnovers in order for the Cardinals to make a playoff run this year.
  2. Cooper Kupp WR (Los Angeles Rams 6-1) – Everyone will say this should be Matthew Stafford and I could not agree more, but I cannot ignore the performance Cooper Kupp has put on thus far. Kupp leads the league in receptions (56), receiving yards (809), and receiving touchdowns (9). Stafford and Kupp have formed a duo that is a force to recon with in the NFL. Teams know Kupp is Stafford’s favorite target, but they seem to still find a way to connect of the field. This is surprising since it is Stafford’s first year with the Rams. Kupp is on pace to break both the NFL single season receiving yards and touchdown records. If he does this, I think it would be an interesting conversation for NFL MVP.
  3. Tom Brady QB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-1) – Well what can you say? Tom Brady continues to show us why he is widely considered the “GOAT” of the NFL. He’s clearly put last season behind him where he only led the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl since 2001 and he won Super Bowl MVP with a tremendous performance. This season Brady is on the mindset of getting back to the Super Bowl to prove last year was no fluke. He has already broke numerous records in just 7 games, and he leads the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns. It won’t be a surprise to see them make another deep playoff run.
  4. Aaron Rodgers QB (Green Bay Packers 7-1) – The reigning NFL MVP is looking to go back-to-back by the way he has started the season. After losing to the New Orleans Saints in week 1, Arron Rodgers has led the Packers to 7 straight victories. He looks more poised then usual making good reads, getting the ball out quick, and keeping the offense on schedule. The Packers offense has started to pick up in the run game which will only benefit Rodgers and make his job easier. This past Thursday, Rodgers was with out top wideout Devante Adams and was still able to find a way to defeat the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals. His numbers weren’t great, but he was efficient. The Packers look to make another deep run in the playoffs with Rodgers playing on an MVP level.
  5. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys 5-1) – Dak Prescott had the biggest target entering on his back entering the 2021 season. He was coming off a career threatening injury, and the Cowboys broke the bank to give him a new contract during the offseason. Prescott is in a situation where he must prove that he is worth the money he was paid. So far the Cowboys are looking like they made the right decision. Prescott is currently battling a calf injury and is a game time decision to play this Sunday. Its going to be interesting to see if he tries tough it out, but the team must think long term and think about if it is worth the risk.
  6. Joe Burrow QB (Cincinnati Bengals 5-2) – Joe Burrow is showing us that he belongs in the NFL after starting the season off on a good foot. Coming off a season ending injury there were a lot of doubts about how Burrow would perform. Now that he has shown that the injury is no issue, Bengals fans can now enjoy their young franchise quarterback with the addition of the human highlight reel rookie wideout Jamar Chase. If Burrow can improve taking care of the ball the Bengals could find themselves making their first playoff appearance since 2015.
  7. Josh Allen QB (Buffalo Bills 4-2) – It’s not a supervise for Josh Allen to be playing well. Allen at times makes his throws look easy and routine hitting his receivers in stride. He has improved a lot with anticipating throws and getting the ball out quickly. Allen has also taken care of the football only throwing 3 interceptions so far this season. The Bills rely heavily on the passing game, so their success is credit to Allen’s incredible performance.
  8. Lamar Jackson QB (Baltimore Ravens 5-2) – Lamar can be somewhat of a gift and a curse, but you take that because of his dynamic skill set. He still has his turnover issues not holding on to the ball and trying to make too much out of a play. Jackson has improved passing the football, but this team thrives on his running ability. If he continues to improve his passing skills the Ravens offense can jump to a different level.
  9. Justin Herbert QB (Los Angeles Chargers 4-2) – Justin Herbert has improved him game from last year as the Chargers hoped he would. Coming off an Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, there was a bit of a hype train coming into this season for Herbert. He has exceeded expectations and help the Chargers become contenders in the AFC. Herbert is no doubt the leader of this team, and now it will come down can he finish the season on a positive note.
  10. Derrick Henry RB (Tennessee Titans 5-2) – What else is there to say about Derrick Henry? He is simply the most phenomenal offensive weapon in the game today. It does not matter if he faces a crowded box, the Titans will run the ball down your throat until they get tired. Henry is on track to gain another 2,000 rushing yards this season and reign supreme as the NFL rushing king. If only he can get help from AJ Brown and Juilo Jones.
  11. Derek Carr QB (Las Vegas Raiders 5-2) – After all the Jon Gruden nonsense, Interim Head Coach Rich Bisaccia and Derek Carr were able to lead this team to two straight wins. Carr has stepped up his play from last season. He is taking more shots down field and trusting his receiver more to catch the ball.
  12. Alvin Kamara RB (New Orleans Saints 4-2) – It is no secret that the Saints offense runs through Alvin Kamara. He is the unspoken leader of this team and always keeps the team first. With the retirement of Drew Brees, Jameis Winston is now the starting quarterback for the Saints. He has had some good moments during games showing how much he’s improved since arriving in New Orleans. Kamara is no question his main target. So far this season Kamara shown he is ready to take on whatever workload is thrown his way. He leads the team in rushing yards (419) while also leading the team in targets (33), receptions (25), and receiving touchdowns (4). If Kamara keep continues to perform this way, he could help the Saints compete for a division title.
  13. Myles Garrett DE Cleveland Browns 4-3) – Garrett is the most dominant edge defender in the NFL today. He wins most of his matchups with his power, aggressiveness, speed, and determination. So far this season, Garrett has gotten off to a fast start recording 9.5 sacks, 9 tackles for a loss in only 7 games. Both stats sit at the top of the NFL. The offense has struggled to move the ball lately due to the inconsistency of Baker Mayfield. This has left the defense on the field a lot and puts pressure on them to stop the opposing offense every possession. Garrett will most likely be in the running for Defensive Player of the Year by seasons end, but it won’t mean anything to him if the team is not in the playoffs.
  14. Kirk Cousins QB (Minnesota Vikings 3-3) – There are times where Kirk Cousins looks like an elite quarterback in this league, then there are times where he looks like an undrafted rookie making his first NFL start. Most of the time its hard to know which guy he’s going to be each game. This season he has pulled out some tough victories coming from behind multiple times. He has improved at taking care of the football only committing 2 turnovers so far this season.
  15. Matt Ryan QB (Atlanta Falcons 3-3) – Matt Ryan has surprisingly played well this season despite the lack of offensive weapons around him. He has started to gain more chemistry with rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, and he has made the most out of Cordarrelle Patterson. The Falcons are still trying to find its identity on offense and the defense is improving as the season progresses. Ryan will need to keep up his impressive performance for the Falcons to remain relevant in the NFC Wildcard race.
  16. T.J Watt DE (Pittsburgh Steelers 3-3) – Watt is dominant force on the defensive side of the ball, and he is making a case for another DPOY award. He started the season off with a huge performance against the Buffalo Bills in week 1 recording 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble. Watt has missed one game this season due to injury, but it has not slowed down his production. If he is not of the field, the Steelers defense is not the same. He is 3rd in the NFL in both sacks (7) and forced fumbles (3).
  17. Jonathan Taylor RB (Indianapolis Colts 3-4) – Jonathan Taylor is quickly turning into one of the top running backs in the NFL. He has carried the load on offense for the Colts this season while being without his All-Pro offensive linemen Quinton Nelson for a few games. This season Taylor is 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards (579) behind Derrick Henry. His receiving skills have also been on display as he is 3rd on the team in targets (21), receptions (18), and receiving yards (213). If Taylor continues this pace, he could find himself in the Offensive Player of the Year discussion as well as making the Pro Bowl.
  18. Tyreek Hill WR (Kansas City Chiefs 3-4) – Patrick Mahomes has disappointed a lot of fans and spectators this season with his poor performance. The only person who has saved him from complete turmoil is his favorite deep target Tyreek Hill. Hill has been getting open consistently this season trying to make life easier for Mahomes. He is averaging around ninety-one receiving yards per game while leading the Chiefs in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. I expect the Chiefs to turn things around sooner rather then later which means Mahomes will improve, and Hill’s numbers will on get better.
  19. J.C Jackson CB (New England Patriots 3-4) – Some may think Mac Jones or Damien Harris belongs here, but both have had subpar seasons so far. Jackson has become one of the top corners in the league this season. He has defended 10 passes while recording 3 interceptions. The Patriots offense has had its ups and downs this season so the defense must help keep the games close to keep the team in a winning position towards the end. Jackson will possibly be a pro bowler by seasons end.
  20. Courtland Sutton WR (Denver Broncos 3-4) – Sutton is coming off a ACL injury that cut his season short last season. Coming into 2021 season, Sutton was thought of as the number 2 wide receiver behind 2nd year standout Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy suffered an injury during the first game and was placed on Injured Reserve. Sutton took this as an opportunity to reclaim himself as the number 1 wide receiver of the Broncos and did not look back. Since opening day, Sutton has proven to be a reliable target catching sixty-five percent of the passes thrown his way. He also leads the Broncos in targets (58), receptions (38), and receiving yards (539). If Teddy Bridgewater can be more consistent the offense will take a major step forward to being a playoff team.
  21. Roquan Smith LB (Chicago Bears 3-4) – Roquan Smith is not only the leader of the Bears’ defense, but he is the leader of the whole team. His voice echoes throughout the locker room as he demands the very best out of each teammate. Smith makes plays on each level of the defense. He shows his versatility off each play quickly finding his way to the football. He leads the team in tackles while also contributing as a pass rusher and pass defender. So far this season Smith has recorded 2 sacks,3 tackles for a loss, 3 pass deflections, and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. With the offense being led by rookie quarterback Justin Fields, the defense will be leaned on heavily to keep the Bears in games.
  22. D.J. Moore WR (Carolina Panthers 3-4) – D.J. Moore could have better numbers, but Sam Darnold has regressed since the Panthers 3-0 start this season. Moore has become Darnold’s favorite target since Christian McCaffrey’s injury and has not let him down. He is tough for any defensive back to guard with his speed, acceleration, and willingness to make contested catches. Moore leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. His consistency is the only thing keeping the Panthers offense afloat.
  23. Debo Samuel WR (San Francisco 49ers 2-4) – Debo Samuel has been the 49ers most consistent playmaker this season on offense. He’s contributed to both the run and pass game. On the ground Samuel has averaged around 3.7 yards per carry. As a receiver he leads the team in targets (63), receptions (38), receiving yards (648), and receiving touchdowns (4). Whoever the starting quarterback is, Samuel will be their favorite target to throw to. The 49ers will try to put the ball in his hands anyway they can try to keep their offense productive.
  24. Bobby Wagner LB (Seattle Seahawks 2-5) – Bobby Wagner continues to be a staple on this defense as he has been for the last decade. At age 31, Wagner is second in the NFL in tackles (79) and still moves as if he were in his early twenties. This season has been tuff for the Seahawks losing their franchise quarterback Russell Wilson to a broken figure and having to play with back up QB Geno Smith. With the offense not at its strongest, its up to Wagner and the defense to help keep the team in games.
  25. Daniel Jones (New York Giants 2-5) – Jones has shown some improvement trying his best to make plays for the Giants offense. He just cannot overcome the mistakes he makes late in games. Jones is facing a lot of pressure this season as the Giants did not pick up his 5th year option and his future with the team is up in the air.
  26. Javon Hargrave DT (Philadelphia Eagles 2-5) – The former South Carolina State standout Hargrave has been the lone bright spot on the Eagles defense this season. He has terrorized offensive linemen with his power and quickness off the ball while making life difficult for opposing quarterbacks. Hargrave has recorded 6 sacks this season followed by 7 tackles for a loss. His continuous pressure on the quarterback has benefited the secondary as they have recorded 6 interceptions which is tied for 6th in the NFL.
  27. Terry McLaurin WR (Washington Football Team 2-5) – So far Terry McLaurin has solidified himself as Washington’s number 1 offensive treat this season. He leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Taylor Heinicke has done his best to keep Washington’s offense viable and competitive in games this season. Heinicke has made McLaurin his safety blanket anytime he needs to complete a pass.
  28. Trevor Lawrence QB (Jacksonville Jaguars 1-5) – Trevor Lawrence is having an up and down season as I expected to see from the number 1 overall draft pick. He has shown some flashes of how good he can be in the NFL while showing he also has room to grow. Lawrence is guilty of missing some throws, forcing balls to receivers when covered, and not knowing when to take sacks. These things are fixable with more experience as the season goes along. I expect Lawrence to improve his performance and finish the season as the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
  29. Corey Davis WR (New York Jets 1-5) – Davis has stepped in a made himself a number 1 wide out in this league. Even though he has not gotten any consistent play from his rookie quarterback in Zach Wilson, Davis has made the most out of his opportunities. He currently leads the Jets in targets (42), receptions (24), receiving yards (349), and receiving touchdowns (4). Davis will need to continue his impressive start to the season for the Jets to be any type of threat on offense.
  30. Mike Gesicki TE (Miami Dolphins 1-6) – Gesicki has been the Dolphins most consistent target on the team. He can get open and make plays after the catch and he blocks in the run game when needed to. He has become the safety blanket for any of the starting quarterbacks on the team.
  31. Jonathan Greenard DE (Houston Texans 1-6) – Greenard is having a good season so far. He’s top 10 in the league in both sacks (6) and tackles for loss (7). Greenard also has one pass deflection on his stat line. He’s been in the oppenents backfield a lot this season. Along with fellow teammate Christian Kirksey, Greenard has been the most impact player on the Texans’ defense.
  32. DeAndre Swift RB (Detriot Lions 0-7) – Swift has been the Lions only consistent offensive threat so far this season. He may average 3.4 yards per carry, but he also he contributes in the passing game. He currently leads the team in receptions (43) and receiving yards (391). Swift takes advantage of his touches and helps the Lions offense stay somewhat balanced. He will be the reason the Lions eventually get their first win.