It’s that time again, the half way point. Eight games down (for most), eight to go.
We’re at the business end now, the end that will see play off dreams fulfilled, NFC & AFC champions crowned and if they are lucky, the Cincinnati Bengals may finally get a positive number in the win column.
But, that’s all to come. This is about the past, this is about the incredible nine weeks of football that we have just been treated to and the incredible stand out performances of a few talented individuals along the way. This is about the race for the presitgious NFL MVP award.
Let’s make this clear, this is an opinion piece, these aren’t the official standings, these are my personal views. And don’t get me wrong, there’s a whole lot of football to play and this list could change dramatically in my own mind between now and the new year.
However, having said that, these are four players that I believe are deserved of the non-existent mid-season MVP award.
Russell Wilson is a guy sitting firmly on top of many people’s imaginary ‘player of the season’ list so far and rightly so.
The quarterback, who has been part of the Seahawks franchise since 2012, has already thrown for over 2,500 yards and led his side to an impressive 7-2 record to date.
Wilson has always been an exceptional QB but his game seems to have taken itself to new heights this season and by doing so, has firmly put himself among the running for this year’s MVP award.
If he carries this vain of form into the second half of the season he could be looking at a staggering figure of 5,000+ passing yards and he may well have to do just that if he is to dethrone the undefeated San Fransisco 49ers and fend off the current NFC champions in the Los Angeles Rams.
I know I know, he’s not a quarterback, but Dalvin Cook is one of two running backs who I fully believe deserve to be in the running this year and not just because he’s been an absolute fantasy football God for me.
As of week nine, Cook sits firmly at the top of the rushing yards leaderboard and truth be told I am absolutely dreading his bye week.
The 24-year-old has rushed for an incredible 894 yards and helped himself to nine touchdowns along the way. Not too shabby for a second round pick.
If Cook keeps his form up into the second half of the season he will not only put himself in the running for MVP but also cement himself among the elite running backs of the NFL.
By far the most difficult decision I had when compiling this list was whether to include Lamar Jackson or Desean Watson as my second quarterback but I believe Jackson edges it, just.
The 2018 first rounder has come on leaps and bounds in just one season and now exemplifies to the highest degree, the perfect quarterback in 2019.
Jackson not only has the perfect eye for a pass but also has a running game better than 90% of the NFL’s backs and he’s only 22 years of age.
The Ravens quarterback has led his side to the number one spot in the AFC North and most recently and maybe most impressively, helped his side to knock off the current Superbowl champions, the New England Patriots.
If a running back is to win the MVP award this year, I think Christian McCaffrey will be that said running back.
McCaffrey has been the main man so far in a pretty sub standard campaign for the Carolina Panthers and without his outstanding performances it really doesn’t bare to think about where the Panthers could stand.
The 23-year-old’s third season has been by far his most explosive and he currently sits second in the rushing leaderboard only a mere 18 yards behind the previously mentioned Dalvin Cook and having played a game fewer.
If you add McCaffrey’s ability to be a pretty decent receiver on top of his ridiculously impressive rushing plays, then it for me, pushes him to the front of the queue in that respect.