Lamar Jackson won the NFL Most Valuable Player award last season after his fantastic displays for the Baltimore Ravens, but who will win the award this season? Check out my top 10 NFL MVP candidates for the 2020-21 campaign.
1. Russell Wilson
The Future Hall of Famer is entering his 9th season in the NFL and with the Seattle Seahawks and has never won the MVP. Shocking, I know right? Wilson is always in the conversation but has never won it. In the last few seasons, Wilson has become a victim of his own greatness. How so? Wilson does less with talent that would not get much playing time in other teams. He has taken what his receivers do best and made them into the top 100 players according to his peers around the NFL. Those receivers being D.K Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Now that he will have Tight End Greg Olsen and a retuning Chris Carson at running back, Wilson and the Seahawks not only have a chance to make the playoffs but to compete for a second Lombardi Trophy.
Last Season Stats: 4,110 Passing Yards, 31 Passing TD’s, 5 INT’s, 342 Rushing Yards, and 3 Rushing TD’s.
2. Patrick Mahomes
Patrick is entering his fourth season in the NFL and third as a starter. Although just 24 years young the Chiefs one in a lifetime quarterback already has a regular-season MVP, Super Bowl championship, and a Super Bowl MVP under his belt not to mention the most expensive contract in the history of professional sports valued a little over half a billion, yes billion. With all his major weapons returning and adding a first-round running back Mahomes and the Chiefs look to remain the best offense in the NFL and re-peat as champions. He will also try to capture his second league MVP award in the process.
Last Season Stats: 4,031 Passing Yards, 26 Passing TD’s, 5 INT’s, 218 Rushing Yards, and 2 Rushing TD’s.
3. DeShaun Watson
If you are making a list of the best players to not win an MVP yet Watson might top the list. The former Clemson Tiger and the national champion has dominated the NFL and has done all he can to elevate his team to the playoffs year in and year out despite his head coach how always looks for ways to make it harder for his young Mega-Star QB. The coach did it again by trading away arguably the best WR in the NFL to the Arizona Cardinals for a bag of chips. This will make winning more difficult but if Watson can lead this team to 12 wins in the weak AFC South and put up similar stats as he did last year he will run away with the MVP award in just his fourth season after signing a massive 4-year contract extension that will make him the second-highest player in the NFL.
Last Season Stats: 3,852 Passing Yards, 26 Passing TD’s, 413 Rushing Yards, 7 Rushing TD’s, and 1 Receiving TD.
4. Tom Brady
The greatest NFL player ever for the first time in his great career will be wearing a new uniform but is still going strong at age 43 also found the way into my top 10 NFL MVP candidates list. Now in Tampa and with the best offensive personnel ever he will be looking to become the oldest athlete in the history of major sports to win an MVP and lead his team to another championship. On paper, Tom Brady will be leading the greatest offensive team ever put together in the history of the NFL. Now Brady will have to lead that group on the field and not only win games but also put up great numbers while doing so. Anything under 4,500 passing yards and 40 passing touchdowns would be a disappointment for the Buccaneers’ new signal-caller.
Last Season Stats: 4,057 Passing Yards, 24 Passing TD’s, 34 Rushing Yards, and 3 Rushing TD’s.
5. Dak Prescott
Dak has all the makings for winning the MVP, whys he’s a great pick to win the award. What are these things you ask? Dak has a high-powered offense that is returning two 1 thousand wideouts, one of the best running backs in the NFL, a top-five O-Line, a pass-happy offense, an emerging pass-catching TE, a first-round pick at WR, several prime-time games, and a very weak division. May I say more? Dak is coming off his best individual season in where he nearly threw for a majestic 5,000 yards, if Dak can duplicate that yardage, add about 10 passing touchdowns, and lead his Cowboys to another division-tittle. Dak can well be on his way to winning his first MVP.
Last Season Stats: 4,902 Passing Yards, 30 Passing TD’s, 277 Rushing Yards, and 3 Rushing TD’s.
6. Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray looks to continue the trend of second-year Quarter Back’s winning the MVP Award following the footsteps of Patrick Mahomes and the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson. Kyler turned the Cardinals offense into a fun and intriguing offense as a rookie as he went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Look for Kyler and this talented Cardinals team to make a playoff push led by their superstar QB. Adding DeAndre Hopkins will only help the QB achieve greatness. Look for Kyler to have a Jackson like season which will lead him into the MVP conversation and if things fall his way an MVP trophy.
Last Season Stats: 3,722 Passing Yards, 20 Passing TD’s, 544 Rushing Yards, and 4 Rushing TD’s.
7. Lamar Jackson
Does this really need an explanation? Lamar Jackson won the MVP Award in just his second season and was also voted the #1 player in the NFL by his peers. The dude led the NFL in passing touchdown thrown last season and also ran for over 1200 yards (an NFL record for a QB in one season). Lamar is low in this list due to the unlikeliness of him improving much on what he did last season in just 15 games. Then why is he 7th on this list? Because I will never doubt Lamar Demeatrice Jackson.
Last Season Stats: 3,127Passing Yards, 36 Passing TD’s, 1,206 Rushing Yards, and 7 Rushing TD’s.
8. Christian McCaffrey
One of the top 10 NFL MVP candidates is without a doubt Christian McCaffrey. The modern version of a legendary running back Barry Sanders has had an amazing carrier thus far. He will try and become the first none QB to win the MVP award since the future hall of famer Adrian Peterson. Dude to the obligation Christian will have to carry on this talentless Panthers team he has a good chance of winning the MVP award. To win the award Christian will have to lead this team to the playoffs in the NFC and most likely run for over 1600 yards, catch over 100 passes for over 1000 receiving yards, and over 25 total touchdowns. A tall feat for the tailback but one that will for sure win him the award and place him in the pantheon of NFL greats. To him, I say, “Good Luck”.
Last Season Stats: 1,387 Rushing Yards, 15 Rushing TD’s, 116 Receptions, 1,005 Receiving Yards, and 4 Receiving TD’s.
9. Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas and not Drew Brees? Yes, and here’s why. Michael Thomas is going into a season where he has a legit shot at becoming the first receiver ever to catch for over two-thousand yards. With that achievement and a good winning record along the lines of 13-3 from this loaded New Orleans Saints team, MT has a great chance of becoming the first wide receiver to ever win the MVP Award. If a receiver is ever going to win the award Michael Thomas seems like the best candidate to win it. If he does you heard it here first.
Last Season Stats: 149 Receptions for 1,725 Receiving Yards and 9 receiving Yards.
10. Cameron Newton
Cam oh Cam.The last time the 2015 MVP was seen healthy in 2018 he was playing at an MVP and was in the contention to win his second MVP for the Carolina Panthers until a shoulder injury ended his season early. Fast-forward to the next season a foot injury kept Cam on the bench for all but two games. Now Cam finds himself on the New England Patriots. It makes for a great story can the former MVP lead the greatest dynasty in the history of sports into the playoffs and the future after their golden child left them for Tampa Bay? Cam will have a chance to start and prove his haters wrong. If Cam can lead the depleted Patriots into the playoffs, throw for over 4000 yards to a receiving corps made of no names, run for about 500 yards, and limit his turnovers he will get a lot of consideration for the award due to the narrative that has built over the off-season.
Last Season Stats: He played 2 games. There are no stats.
Honorable Mentions: Drew Brees, Carson Wentz, Aaron Rodgers, Julio Jones, Saquon Barkley, Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger, Derrick Henry, Jarred Goff, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Arron Donald.
This is my list of top 10 NFL MVP candidates for the 2020-21 season, feel free to give your voice in the comment section. Also, subscribe to our page and follow us on social networks for more NFL news.