By Seth McCaskill
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Last week’s stats: 23-of-36, 227 yards, 3 touchdowns, 109.4 rating
Another week, another dominant win for Carson Wentz and the Eagles, as they handled the Bears 31-3 a week after relatively clinching the NFC East in a win against the Cowboys. He continues to lead the league with 28 touchdowns to five interceptions. He has done everything possible to prove he is the real deal, and he is looking like a legitimate MVP candidate.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Last week’s stats: 18-of-28, 227 yards, four touchdowns, one interception, 114.1 rating
In what had begun to feel like somewhat of a down year for the Patriots, they have gotten their record up to 9-2, and Tom Brady is showing no signs of slowing down at 40. He leads the league in yards and passer rating by a wide margin. Brady has carried his team to another likely playoff appearance despite not getting a lot of help from his defense. The MVP seems like a two-horse race at this point, with Brady still having just as good a shot as ever.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Last week’s stats: 22-of-32, 246 yards, one touchdown, 101.8 rating
Drew Brees has quietly had another incredible season at the helm of the Saints. Although his running backs have overshadowed him, he deserves as much credit for their entrance into the NFL’s elite. He leads the NFL with a 71.6 completion percentage, which would tie Sam Bradford’s record from last season, and is easily top-five in many other categories, such as yards and passer rating. Despite his impressive stats, he does not have a great shot at winning, thanks to his aforementioned teammates stealing value from him, but he is certainly proving to his doubters the past few years that he still has plenty left in the tank.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Last week’s stats: 12 targets, 10 catches, 169 yards, two touchdowns
It feels kind of silly to have a wide receiver on this list, as running backs and quarterbacks have much more positional value, but watching Antonio Brown play is simply unbelievable. He is tied for the league lead in catches of 20 or more yards and has a comfortable lead in catches and yards, as per usual. The amount of highlight reel catches he makes on a weekly basis is simply staggering. Although a receiver has never won the MVP, he would be easily the most deserving candidate to do it