In the midst of what is already turning out to be a thrilling NFL season, several teams are already staking their claim as potential candidates to reach Super Bowl LV, set to be held at the Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021.
While the team effort for winning the NFL Championship is rewarded with the iconic Vince Lombardi Trophy, which every group of players wants to hold, some of the very best performing stars will have their sights firmly set on individual honors. But who are the leading candidates to win the next National Football League Most Valuable Player award?
No stranger to awards and trophies, 43-year-old Tom Brady is practically an institution in the NFL. The 6x Super Bowl champion, 4x Super Bowl MVP and 3x NFL MVP is genuinely tipped amongst the contenders again this year, having earned his last NFL MVP award in 2017 with the New England Patriots.
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After switching to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, some people dared to compare Brady to an ageing thoroughbred racehorse, being put out to pasture before trotting off into the sunset of his career. He certainly doesn’t see things that way and the Bucs have had a great start to the regular season considering the amount of upheaval. The recent rout by the New Orelans Saints has affected his price in the latest NFL odds on bet365 for the MVP futures significantly as he is now priced at +2800. However, expect him to use that loss to come with an extra level of determination in a push to take his team to a home Super Bowl.
Brady is amongst the top five players in the overall NFL performance metrics this year, having played a key role in helping them make a solid start.
2018 NFL MVP winner Patrick Mahomes knows a thing or two about being the best, becoming the very first Kansas City Chiefs player to win the award. The 25-year-old quarterback has demolished records along every step of his amazing career, and there’s absolutely no doubt he was the driving force as the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV and he was named the game’s MVP.
Taking nothing away from Lamar Jackson and his outstanding 2019 NFL MVP award victory, but had Mahomes not missed a couple of games last year, he might well have been claiming back-to-back award titles. Nevertheless, he’s amongst the frontrunners this season, in the midst of what could be another spectacular season for the player and his team.
The Chiefs have made a powerful start to their campaign, comfortably topping the AFC West, while Mahomes has once again shown just how influential he is, with some fans even writing his name on presidential election ballots in Kansas.
31-year-old Russell Wilson has often been recognized as one of the best quarterbacks around, as the NFL passer rating leader in 2015, NFL passing touchdowns leader in 2017, not to mention the 7x Pro Bowl selections during his extensive and illustrious career. However, the biggest individual NFL player award has always remained just beyond his talented reach.
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That could all change this season, given the Seattle Seahawks have made an excellent start to the 2020/2021 NFL campaign, largely due to the magnificent performances of Wilson himself. All the leading sportsbooks consider him to be the leading 2020 NFL MVP candidate right now.
Poise, precision, and power have made Wilson the man to watch this season, and if his exceptional form continues, the Seahawks could well become genuine Super Bowl LV contenders, if performances by team and their star quarterback can be maintained.
Any one of this magnificent trio would be worthy 2020 NFL MVP winners, which makes the race for that honor all the more exciting over the coming weeks.