Off the list: Kyler Murray, TJ Watt, Mac Jones
8- Cooper Kupp- Another monster week from the #1 WR in the NFL. Even after his running mate in Robert Woods went down, and teams knew he was going to be the sole focus for the Rams in the pass game, he is still going nuts. This week 13 catches, 123 yards and a score. The all-time record for receiving yards in a season is 1,946 from Megatron in 2012. That is within reach with Kupp @ 1,489 yards and an extra game to play.
7- Micah Parsons- Parsons is a rookie who has 12 sacks on the season! And really its what he’s done over the last month that has me taking notice. At least 1 sack in 6 straight games, 2 or more in 3 of those games, and 3 forced fumbles over that time. He is on the rise and this Cowboys D is the #1 reason they are atop the NFC East.
6- Tua- 5 straight wins, 77% completion rate from a clean pocket this season, that’s #1 in the NFL. And he’s doing this from PFF’s worst graded offensive line since 2019.
5- Patrick Mahomes- Mahomes had a serious slump, the first of his career, and we wondered if he had just lost it for a minute…well, he did not. Mahomes has been much better. 6 game win streak and he’s only turned the ball over 3x in that span, as opposed to the 9 he had prior.
4- Aaron Rodgers- Talk about a guy playing flawless football right now, 341 yards, 4 TD’s and no INT’s against the Bears on Sunday night football. With the Cardinals falling to the Rams, the Packers take the top spot in the NFC. Rodgers has this team playing at an unreal level.
3- Jonathan Taylor- Taylor didn’t play this weekend but he’s got the Colts in playoff position, they are among the many teams vying for a playoff spot in the AFC. Interestingly, the Colts are favored against the Pats on Saturday, that will be a big test for him- but you have to figure, the oddsmakers are only giving the Colts that level of respect against a team that’s won 7 straight because of JT. (league leader in rushing by over 300 yards)
2- Justin Herbert- Justin Herbert joins Dan Marino as the only QBs in NFL history with 60 passing touchdowns over their first two seasons. Every week he does something that amazes me, I think he’s the most talented QB in the NFL today. His consistency is growing with each week, last 4 games- At least 275 yards in each, 71% comp rate, and 11 TD’s.
Number 1!- Tom Brady- 3 total touchdowns this week, including a game-winning drive in OT, 363 pass yards- he continues to lead the NFL in that statistic. Just broke Drew Brees record for total completions in a career. He has been playing flawlessly, Brady won back in 2017 and it looks like he’s well on his way to his 4th MVP award.