Off the list- Derrick Henry, Dak Prescott, Davante Adams
8- Tom Brady- Down 2 spots from #6, losing to Trevor Siemian will do that. But, Brady is still excellent, even in an “off-game” he still threw for 375 and 4 TD’s. Brady leads the league in pass yards and I don’t need to remind you how old he is.
7- Cooper Kupp- Kupp has had 1 game this season where he brought in less than 90 receiving yards. That was the one game the Rams lost this season. When Kupp goes off, and he often does…an average of 133 yards per game over the last 3…the Rams don’t lose. Kupp is 7-Eleven. Always open!
6- Derek Carr- Carr the beneficiary of a bye week and bad performances around the league. He really did nothing to move up from the 8-spot, I’m just really impressed with the fact that the Raiders are in 1st place in a loaded AFC West. 5-2. With an interim coach. I thought he would stick on the list very long, but hey, here he is. Also, last 2 starts, Carr is completing nearly 80% of his throws!
5- Kyler Murray- Murray slides down from #2 to #5, he’s been a monster this season but last week looked like a mere mortal against the Packers. 22-33, 274 through the air, just 21 on the ground, no TD’s and 2 picks. I feared that defenses would catch the way the did last year. If that happens again, he could find himself off the list rather quickly.
4- Aaron Rodgers- Talk about a sky-rocket! Rodgers wasn’t even on the list last week and now he is all the way up to #4. Rodgers had the single most impressive win of the week 8 slate. I can no longer deny the man access into my exclusive club. A win over an undefeated Cardinals team, on the road, without his top 2 WR’s. Rodgers is playing light out, only 1 INT over the last 7 games.
3- Trevon Diggs- The Cowboys have now won 6 straight, they just won their last game without their star QB…and this is the reason I’ve had Trevon Diggs on my MVP list for the last 3 or 4 weeks and Dak has only appeared once. Dak is great, but this defense is the difference, and Diggs is the straw that stirs the drink. QB’s are completing just south of 50% of their passes against the Cowboys. That’s a massive advantage!
2- Matt Stafford- I have Cooper Kupp on the list, well how about the man who is setting him loose? Stafford has been the clear difference on this team. The Rams were really good last year, now, they’re the best team in the NFL. And he’s not playing game manager either, Stafford is #2 in pass yards, #2 in TD’s, #1 in QB rating among QB’s to make at least 7 starts.
Number 1! Lamar Jackson- Ric Flair said it best: To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man! And well, no one is beating the man. Sure, the last time we saw Lamar he was losing 41-17 to the Bengals (who just lost to the Jets) but everyone is allowed a stinker. Lamar helped the Ravens rattle off 5 straight wins before stumbling, he’s still my MVP if I’m voting today.