1. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson’s MVP candidacy can no longer be ignored. After knocking off Carson Wentz’s Eagles in his typical eye-popping manner, he is the clear cut choice for MVP. He is tied for the most total TDs in the league, accounting for 29 of the Seahawks 30 total TDs. He leads the league in total yards and 4th quarter passer rating. All due respect to the Seahawks, but Russell Wilson is the Seahawks. He is the best and most valuable player in the NFL.
2. Antonio Brown
Most of the WR focus this week has been on Keenan Allen, who became the first WR in NFL history to record at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards, and a TD, in three straight games. Antonio Brown was only two receptions away from that last week, and it was seen as normal. The week before, he made two amazing clutch sideline catches to power the Steelers to victory. With 1,296 receiving yards on the year, he leads the NFL by over 200 yards. He is just that good, all the time.
1. Russell Wilson
82.1 %. That is how much of the Seahawks total yards from scrimmage the Russell Wilson has accounted for. With an injury depleted defense and a nonexistent running game, he has carried the Seahawks with a magical playmaking ability that we’ve yet to see an answer to. Although Seattle’s Wild Card bid took a hit after their loss to the Falcons on MNF, Russell Wilson played lights out and nearly achieved the comeback, which fell short due to . . . a missed Blair Walsh field goal. Sound familiar?
2. Antonio Brown
In an underachieving Steelers offense, Antonio Brown has been consistently productive. On pace for over 1600 receiving yards for the third time in four seasons, his case as the game’s best receiver has only been solidified by Julio Jones’ struggles. His recent showing against the Titans was one of the best games by a wideout this year, as he gashed them to the tune of 144 yards and 3 TDs. While he is clearly on the road to being considered one of the greatest ever, here he is second in the MVP race.
3. Carson Wentz
What MVP list would be complete without Carson Wentz, who has played brilliantly for the Eagles? Carson Wentz has exceeded expectations, leading the league in touchdowns and displaying a playmaking ability similar to none other than Russell Wilson, the leading MVP candidate. Here’s an interesting stat: Every quarterback who has led the league in touchdowns while leading their team to the best regular season record has won the MVP award that year.
4. Tom Brady
When making a list of the best players, it is impossible to leave Tom Brady off. The greatest quarterback of our era – and arguably of all time – has thus far enjoyed the greatest season ever by a 40 year old quarterback. After a slow start in which he seemed uneasy in the pocket, Brady rebounded strongly by leading the league in passing yardage and QBR. Did I mention he has thrown only two interceptions?
5. Ezekiel Elliott
Clearly a long shot to win MVP, Ezekiel Elliott has proven his worth to his team the most when he hasn’t played. Similarly to the way the Giants fell apart after Odell Beckham Jr. was injured, the Cowboys have been absolutely dysfunctional on offense during Zeke’s suspension. Although Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith was believed to be the major reason for the recent failures of Dallas’ offense, he didn’t make much of a difference in his return to an offense that is clearly lacking its motor.