NFL MVP Watch: Cowboy duo turning heads

Ali Guidoum

Sports Blogger



Matt Ryan, quarterback, Atlanta Falcons

After a controversial pass interference that wasn’t called toward the end of the Seahawks and Falcons game Sunday, Atlanta dropped its second loss of the season. Although down early, Ryan rallied his team to three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter and almost came out victorious. Despite the loss, Ryan still leads the league in passing yards with 2,075. Ryan has thrown for 15 touchdowns, while throwing only three interceptions. He’s completed 68 percent of his passes and looks to remain hot as the Falcons host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.


Ezekiel Elliott, running back, Dallas Cowboys

The rookie sensation continues to show up week in and week out. Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys went to Lambeau to take on the No.1 rushing defense in the Green Bay Packers. That didn’t change a thing as Elliott had another monster performance. He’s the first rookie to have four straight 130 rushing yard games in NFL history. Elliott leads the league with 703 rushing yards, which is the second most rushing yards through a player’s first six career games. Elliott also has five rushing touchdowns. Elliott is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and has had only two fumbles on the season. The rookie running back has captivated his team, and if he is consistent throughout the season, Elliott may be on his way to winning the MVP award.


Dallas rookies Dak Prescott (4) and Ezekiel Elliott are quickly earning respect in the NFL. (Josh Jones, Flickr)
Dallas rookies Dak Prescott (4) and Ezekiel Elliott are quickly earning respect in the NFL.
(Josh Jones, Flickr)

Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys

Although already having one star rookie on the MVP watch list, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has made a name for himself as well. After replacing injured Tony Romo at the beginning of the season, Prescott has surprisingly shined on the big stage. Prescott has thrown for 1,486 yards, while adding seven passing touchdowns. Prescott broke Tom Brady’s record for most pass attempts without an interception to start a career with 177. Prescott is completing over 68 percent of his passes and has also rushed for 67 yards and added three rushing touchdowns to his name. The quarterback controversy seems to heat up each week in Dallas, but there is no question that Prescott is playing at an MVP level.


Von Miller, linebacker, Denver Broncos

The Denver defense is still arguably the best in the NFL. After two straight tough losses, the Broncos should not panic. Von Miller has been a monster for them all year long. He has combined for 26 tackles and has 19 solo tackles. Miller also has seven assisted tackles and seven-and-a-half sacks already. Miller has one forced fumble and two pass deflections under his belt as well. He’s been the backbone of the Denver defense and keeps the Broncos in unity. If Miller continues to put up impressive numbers and is able to lead his team to another playoff run, he will definitely be in the MVP conversation.

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