There are three strong candidates for league MVP but Josh Allen may have the best case.
As the regular season comes to a close and NFL fans gear up for the commencement of the playoffs, the conversation around the NFL’s MVP has increased ten-fold. At the forefront of the talks about who should be crowned the league’s most valuable player are three gunslingers from very different times: Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen.
Rodgers, 37, is arguably playing the best football of his 15-year career, throwing for a career-high 48 touchdowns. Due to the Packers selecting Nevada’s Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft, there were some who thought that the writing was on the wall for Rodgers, that his time in Green Bay was coming to an end. This, in fact, has played out entirely opposite of that narrative as Rodgers has led the 13-3 Packers to the NFC’s one-seed and poise to make a deep playoff run. Perhaps even a Super Bowl appearance.
On the opposite side of the MVP conversation is Patrick Mahomes. The 25-year old defending Super Bowl Champion and MVP from 2018 has yet again had a remarkable season. Throwing for 4,740 yards and leading an electric Kansas City Chiefs team to the AFC’s one-seed, the defending MVP has made a competitive bid for a second title.
Deep in the subtweets of Twitter and national media talk shows is another name that has been gaining traction in weeks prior: Josh Allen.
The 24-year old has had a fairy tail season with the Buffalo Bills so far this year. Capturing the team’s first AFC East title in over two decades, sweeping the AFC East for the first time in franchise history, and breaking records in the process has swiftly generated his name as one to consider for MVP. Throwing for a career and franchise-best 4,544 yards with 46 total touchdowns, Allen’s 2020 play is most certainly MVP worthy.
With three very strong season-long bids for the MVP from three very worthy candidates, the determining factor will have to come down to the name of the trophy: MVP.
When thinking about what the term “Most Valuable Player” means relative to the game of football, minds are drawn to someone who is automatic. All season long, Josh Allen has been that. With a QBR rate of 107.2 and a red zone passing numbers that surpass Mahomes and nearing Rodgers is just the tip of the iceberg.
In addition to his drastically improved play, he has led a Bills team without a Pro Bowl talent at running back and offensive line. Instead, Allen has had to play with a makeshift offensive line nearly all season and a young running tandem in second-year back Devin Singletary and rookie Zack Moss.
It is without a shadow of a doubt that Allen has one of, if not the most, impressive Buffalo Bills seasons in franchise history. Whether that will result in him getting the accolades fans know he is deserving of will be up to the voters.