By Joel Devick
If there is only one team left by Week 5 of the NFL season that is undefeated, it is probably safe to assume there is a player for that team that should be in the running for the league’s most valuable player. Not only do they have one, the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs have two that are proving to be MVP-caliber players.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have started to look dominant against their opposition. Alex Smith is the biggest reason why. Smith, pulling the strings and tossing the ball at a 76.6 percent completion rate, has allowed Kansas City to put up more than 33 points a game. The Chiefs have a tough set of games coming up in the next few weeks, so it will be great proving ground for Smith to see whether he is a true contender for the league MVP.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
It is still hard to believe what Kareem Hunt has done in his first five games as a pro. Hunt still leads the NFL in rushing yards with 609 and has been a four-down threat with his pass-catching ability out of the backfield. Hunt still hasn’t had a game with less than 100 yards from scrimmage, and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
After leading the drive of 75 yards in the final minute of the game to put the dagger in the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers got all the headlines, and deservedly so. Rodgers has flown under the radar up until now because of the perfection that is sometimes expected of him, but he has been his usual self this season. Rodgers has the most passing touchdowns in the league through five games with 13 and has thrown for 1,367 yards. If he keeps up what he did against the Cowboys, he will get his third MVP award.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Tom Brady was yet again good but not great for the Patriots in their Thursday night game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady threw his first interception against the Bucs but had a 75-percent completion rate and leads the league in passing yards with 1,702. A 17-year NFL veteran, Brady knows exactly what it takes to win and with two MVP awards, he knows how to get the individual accolades as well.