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The race for the NFL MVP award this season has been nothing short of bizarre. Every week, the front-runner seems to fall and chaos ensues. Jalen Hurts was initially predicted as the winner, but there are now plenty of candidates in other positions.
Adrian Peterson's all-time 2012 season was the last time the award went to a non-QB, and it's high time that changes. Three players receiving buzz for the honor that do not play under-center are Christian McCaffrey, Tyreek Hill, and Myles Garrett. All three have made their cases worthy of the award, and surely the award will head to one of them.
Tyreek Hill has been a standout player this season, with 1,222 yards in 10 games, the quickest a player has made that milestone since the Super Bowl era was formed. Hill now has six games where he has put over 100 yards and is easily the league's best receiver this season.
Christian McCaffrey has been nothing short of a sensation since the 49ers moved for him last year. CMC has 14 touchdowns this season, shared between the ground and the air. His 1,189 all-purpose yards are one of the best joint outpoints any running back has had through the first 10 games in recent memory. McCaffrey has a good chance at a 2,500+ yard season and the Most Valuable Player award.
Which others names are in the mix?
As far as defensive candidates for MVP, there is only one possible option - Myles Garrett. Garrett has 13 sacks this season and is the leader of one of the league's meanest defenses. The Browns have seven wins, despite several QB injuries, which will help Garrett's case.
However, Vegasinsider has 10 quarterbacks ranked higher in their MVP odds than Christian McCaffrey in 11th, who represents the rest of the pack. Jalen Hurts, Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes ran up the top-three favorites. Mahomes is the current reigning Most Valuable Player and a two-time holder of the award. Lamar Jackson has also won the award once.
It's quite frankly disrespectful to brush aside other players in the league for a quarterback for MVP awards. Cooper Kupp, who had arguably the greatest WR season of all time, was snubbed for Aaron Rodgers who won his fourth award in 2021. Jerry Rice picked up 22 touchdowns in 12 games because of the strike in 1987, yet the award ended up with John Elway.