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Week 3 MVP Favorites

The NFL season is a long, cruel mistress and the entire landscape is likely to change by January. For example, after week 3 of last season the Miami Dolphins had a 2 game lead in the AFC East at 3-0 while the Houston Texans were left for dead at 0-3. The Dolphins finished the year at a lowly 7-9 while the Texans ripped through the rest of their schedule to finish 11-5. Moral of the story is you just don’t know shit at this point.

HOWEVER! I have a blog and therefore know everything, including this season’s sure-fire MVP. So buckle up buttercup and let’s discuss the finalists first.

2nd Runner Up- Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Cook is leading the NFL in rushing through 3 weeks with 375 yards. That’s 125 yards per game! Cook also leads in yards per rush (6.6) and is second in rushing TDs (4). Cook has so good that the Twin Cities Press described Kirk Cousins as at his best when “he just hands it off to Cook.” The Vikings offense literally runs through Cook and the early returns have been overwhelmingly positive.

1st Runner Up- Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Lets do a quick blind resume.

Player A – 106 attempts for 911 yards, 67.9%, 8.6 YPA, 7 TD, 0 INT, 116.5 Rating

Player B – 100 attempts for 863 yards, 63.0%, 8.6 YPA, 7 TD, 0 INT, 113.9 Rating

Those look like very similar passers. Identical yards per attempt, touchdown, and interception stats show a couple of quarterbacks making smart decisions while driving the ball down the field. Player A just happens to be the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. Player B is Lamar Jackson, who regularly gets accused of being a running back. Add in Jackson’s 172 rushing yards, and you very quietly have elite level production. Plus, he can do this.

MVP – Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

The champion defends his title. Nobody has even been in Mahomes’ stratosphere this season. Through 3 games, Mahomes has 1,195 yards, 10 TDs, and 0 INTs. Stretch that over a full 16 game season and you have 6,373 yards, 53 TDs, and 0 INTs. You can’t even scratch those kind of numbers in Madden on Rookie mode. Just because he’s the simplest choice doesn’t mean he’s the wrong choice.

Nobody in the world is having more fun than Mahomes. They way he changes his arm angle and the no look passes bring back memories of playing ball in our backyards, but instead of little Timmy from down the street, Mahomes is doing this to professionals. It’s his world and we are just living in it.


Photo: SB Nation

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