Hello Smash fans and welcome back! Today we have a great article for you. In this week’s installment, we’re going to be talking about my preseason MVP ladder for this NFL season. Without further due, let’s get right into it.
5. Patrick Mahomes
Now, I do have the Kansas City Chiefs as the number one overall seed in this year‘s playoffs, however, I think there’s a sort of voter fatigue with Patrick Mahomes. I don’t believe that Patrick Mahomes is going to get the recognition he deserves until he wins another championship. So for now, I see him being passed over by most people for MVP. I think KC’d dominance will propel them into the top five but no further.
4. Alvin Kamara
I see Alvin Kamara as the most valuable person on the Saints. I think that New Orleans is going to be solid next year. I don’t know if they’ll make the playoffs, I don’t think they will make the playoffs, however, it doesn’t change the fact that I think they’re going to finish around 9 and 8 or 8 and 9. If this does happen, which I believe it will, it’s going to be on the back of Alvin Kamara. This alone is going to get him MVP recognition and propel him into the MVP conversation. However, as I said above, I don’t believe that the Saints are going to be in playoff contention come January. This fact is going to hurt Kamara’s chances at MVP and hold him to a fourth place finish.
3. Josh Allen
John Allen is a great talent. I think last year was his coming out party, and I think he’s going to be able to sustain this level of greatness moving forward. Additionally, I really like the roster around Josh Allen. This culminates in me believing the Bills are going to be the third best team in the AFC. With all this in mind, I believe it’s going to propel Allen into serious MVP conversation. However, the fact remains that he hasn’t been a superstar quarterback for long enough for me to believe he’s going to win MVP this season. Yes, there’s been cases where someone has won MVP their first year being dominant. However, that’s usually because that person did something we haven’t seen before. That’s not gonna be the case with Josh Allen. Josh Allen is going to be your prototypical great quarterback. This means it is going to take him another year of greatness before he can win the award. The only way I see him being able to overtake the other two people on my list is if they end up capturing the one seed in the AFC and Allen is dominant while doing it.
2. Russell Wilson
Every year feels like Russell Wilson’s year. Every year he starts off red hot, and then after a little while, he cools off. He comes back to earth as some people say. However, if Russell Wilson is able to sustain even 75% of the greatness that he displays in the first half of the year, he will win MVP. It’s just the fact that I don’t know if he can do it. I haven’t yet seen him be able to sustain that level of greatness throughout an entire season. However, he has been a superstar quarterback for a long time which means, if he is able to sustain a prolonged level of the amount of greatness he shows in the beginning of the year, he will win MVP. I’ll give it about a 30% chance of happening. And if it does happen, he jumps up to the number one spot.
1. Lamar Jackson
Yes, that’s right, I have Lamar Jackson as my MVP coming into the season. Every single year, Lamar has gotten better. Every single year he’s becoming a more mature more complete version of himself. This year I believe that Lamar Jackson will not only be able to rush for 1000 yards, but he will also be able to pass for almost, if not over, 4000. If Lamar is able to do that, it will be something that no one has ever done in the history of the NFL. I think that with the progression of Hollywood, the progression of Devin Duvernay, the addition of Sammy Watkins, and the elite level tight end play, the Raven’s will be able to help Jackson achieve such a feat. If Jackson really does live up to these expectations, there’s no way you can’t give him the MVP. History is history, and that would be history.
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