We’re through the first 10 weeks of the 2021 NFL season, which means it’s time to start the weekly registrations for the MVP race. We’ll be using this space over the next few weeks to measure the temperature of our rotating expert panel, trying to get a feel for who’s leading, who’s in contention, who’s on the fringes, and how the teams are doing. That is changing from week to week.
Each of our experts was asked to submit their top five MVP rankings. Five points are awarded for a first place vote, four points for a second place vote, three points for a third place vote, two points for a fourth place vote and one point for a fourth place vote. voted in fifth place.
Right now, we seem to be in an open race. Not a single player appears on every MVP ballot submitted by our writers. We have 12 different players getting at least one vote, including two pairs of teammates. The leader in voting points is just one point more than the second, and that player is just two points above the third place. In other words, it’s anyone’s game – even if it looks like there’s a candidate pool inside that includes five midfielders who are playing at an extremely high level.
Without further advice, let’s go vote…
Voting board: Jonathan Jones, Will Brinson, Ryan Wilson, Jared Dubin, Tyler Sullivan, Josh Edwards, Jeff Kerr, Jordan Dajani, Bryan DeArdo
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9. Rams QB Matthew Stafford (4)
Votes in first place:
- Tom Brady (3)
- Dak Prescott (2)
- Lamar Jackson (2)
Most votes second:
- Josh Allen (3)
- Kyler Murray (3)
Most votes total:
- Lamar Jackson (8 out of 9)
- Tom Brady (6)
- Kyler Murray (6)
- Dak Prescott (6)
Representative by position:
- QB (8)
- RB (1)
- WR (1)
- DE (1)
- CB (1)
So who will be the winner?
Honestly, it’s anyone’s game. Brady has a slight lead over Murray, Prescott, Jackson and Allen in our poll, but Allen (+250) currently has Best odds is Caesars Sportsbook, followed by Brady (+400), Prescott (+700), Stafford (+900) and Rodgers (+1000).
The only thing that is almost certain is that the prize will go to a midfielder. Each of the eight most recent MVPs is a quarter, and 17 of the 21 MVP awards given out since 2000 have become a quarter. The only exceptions are Marshall Faulk in 2000, Shaun Alexander in 2005, LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006, and Adrian Peterson in 2012.
Yes Derrick Henry continued at his absurd pace and with no quarterback really separating himself from the pitch, maybe Henry snuck in and knocked it down. That’s still pretty unlikely, though, given the relative importance of midfielders to a team’s success. With Henry gone for the foreseeable future, no other comeback has emerged capable of defeating the signal callers. Taylor received just two votes in third place in our poll – not nearly enough to come close to winning.
An important thing to keep an eye on will be the race for the goodbye first round in the respective games. Any quartet that leads his team to the overall No 1 seed and home advantage throughout the knockout stages will have a chance to overtake the other opponents in the race. That’s just the way voters tend to think.
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