The NFL MVP 2016 race is starting to get interesting. To say Matt Stafford and Dak Prescott are having MVP-type years is an understatement. Without either of these two quarterbacks, it is safe to say that their respective teams would be nowhere near where they are now – but is it good enough to earn one of them the 2016 NFL MVP?
Heading into Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season schedule, one thing is for sure, Tom Brady is aging backwards. This guy has to be the real life Benjamin Button. At this rate, Brady could play until he is 40-45 years-old, easily.
For Brady to even be mentioned for a possible MVP award heading into Week 13 is just unheard of, considering he missed the first four games of the season.
“Tom Terrific,” as he is known by when it comes to his faithful fans, has thrown for over 2,000 yards, 18 touchdowns and only one interception so far in 2016. Those numbers are staggering considering he didn’t take a single snap until Week 5. Can Brady win the MVP even though he missed the first-quarter of the season?
According to Oddsshark he certainly can.
Brady is now listed as the favorite to win the 2016 NFL MVP at +275, and if he continues to lead the 9-2 Patriots to more wins, it is possible that the three-time Super Bowl MVP could take home his third regular season MVP this year.
While Brady is once again defying age, two other quarterbacks are also turning heads in 2016 – Detroit’s Matt Stafford and Dallas’ Dak Prescott.
Stafford has the Lions all alone in first place in the NFC North with a 7-4 record, and all seven wins have been in dramatic come-from-behind fashion. When the Lions learned that All-Pro wideout Calvin Johnson was calling it a career at the end of last season, many experts were skeptical on how things would go for Detroit on offense.
The running game is virtually non-existent for the Lions as they rank near the bottom in the league with a dismal 80 yards per game average, which makes what Stafford is doing all that more impressive.
Stafford’s completion percentage is nearing 70 percent (67) and he should surpass 3,000 passing yards this upcoming weekend when the Lions face the Saints. He has tossed 19 touchdowns and thrown only five interceptions. While those numbers don’t blow many people away, it is the little things Stafford has done that make him MVP material.
Stafford has earned the name “Captain Comeback” this season as he has provided game tying and or game winning drives in every Lions victory this season.
Stafford is currently listed at +1600 in the current NFL MVP race.
Now on to Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott.
While Ezekiel Elliott is getting a lot of hype right now, and deserving so, how about the man who is leading the Cowboys behind center?
Prescott was thrust into action after Tony Romo was injured in the preseason and boy oh boy, it’s safe to say that Dak is making the best of his opportunity.
The Cowboys are the best team in football record wise at 10-1, and Prescott has looked more like a seasoned veteran than a wide-eyed rookie. Prescott’s numbers are also MVP-like. Eighteen touchdowns, only two interceptions and 2,835 yards would be incredible stats for any rookie season, but those are Prescott’s stats heading into Week 13. Prescott should hit the 4,000 yard mark and possibly toss 25-30 touchdowns before season’s end.
If Prescott doesn’t win the 2016 NFL MVP, he should be a shoe-in for the NFL rookie of the Year award. Well, that is if he can out do his teammate Ezekiel Elliott. The NFL MVP will be announced the day before the Super Bowl.
Here is a look at the current leaders to win the 2016 NFL MVP award.
- Tom Brady (NE) +275
- Russell Wilson (SEA) +350
- Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) +450
- Matt Ryan (ATL) +600
- Derek Carr (OAK) +900
- Dak Prescott (DAL) +1400
- Matthew Stafford (DET) +1600
- Drew Brees (NO) +3300
- Julio Jones (ATL) +3300
- Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) +3300
- Kirk Cousins (WSH) +3300
- Andrew Luck (IND) +5000
- David Johnson (ARZ) +5000
- Aaron Rodgers (GB) +6600
- Eli Manning (NYG) +6600
- Cam Newton (CAR) +6600
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