By Seth McCaskill
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles- Last week’s stats: 15-of-27, 199 yards, four touchdowns, 118.7 rating
Carson Wentz has broken out in a huge way in 2017 after Dak Prescott overshadowed him in 2016. Wentz struggled through most of his rookie season. This season, he is making his mark as a top-five NFL quarterback. He went off for four touchdown passes during the Eagles’ 51-23 thrashing of the Broncos, continuing to lead arguably the best team in football in their charge toward the playoffs. He leads the NFL in passing touchdowns with 23 compared to only 5 interceptions. It has been a sophomore boom to this point, and he is not looking back.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots- Last week’s stats: Bye week
We did not get to see Tom Brady’s brilliance last week, as the Patriots had their bye week. In a year where there has not been as much hype around the Pats as is expected, they have still played to a 6-2 record despite possessing one of the worst defenses in football. Even though the team has not been quite as dominant, the ageless wonder has been just as good as usual, and anytime a team has someone of his caliber, they always have a chance to win it all. That is the definition of value, when a player can carry his team no matter the talent around him.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs- Last week’s stats: 25-of-34, 263 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 102.9 rating
Although the MVP hype has died down a bit after Alex Smith’s scorching first month, he still finds himself in the thick of the race, thanks in large part to his lack of turnovers. He did not throw his first interception of the season until late in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, which is remarkable. He has led a surprising Kansas City offense this year, which has made up for their defensive deficiencies. He has certainly shaken the title of “game manager” this year and should be a hot commodity when the offseason rolls around.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks- Last week’s stats: 24-of-45, 297 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, 70.3 rating, 10 carries, 77 yards
In another case of a quarterback carrying a team that may be lacking in talent, Russell Wilson has kept the Seahawks afloat despite a completely non-existent running game, and he even led the team in carries against the Redskins. Although he had success in his first few seasons because of a well-balanced offensive attack, he has shown that he is capable of being a volume passer, too, and not many have been better this season. If he can lead the Seahawks to the playoffs, he will have a sterling MVP resume.