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The 2020 NFL regular season is just 12.5 percent complete, but we’re already monitoring the league’s top MVP candidates. Here’s a look at the 10 players best aligned for MVP runs based on the first two weeks of the 2020 campaign.
1. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: Wilson is the most pressure quarterback in the NFL, and yet he’s also the league’s highest-rated passer. He has already thrown nine touchdowns to only one interception (that wasn’t his fault), and the Seahawks look like Super Bowl contenders at 2-0.
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Two members of the San Francisco 49ers suffered potentially season-ending injuries in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, and the team seems to know what to blame. © Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports Two members of the San Francisco 49ers suffered potentially season-ending injuries in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, and the tea MetLife Stadium had new synthetic field turf installed during the offseason, and Sunday’s game was the second to be played on it.
2. Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson: The AFC’s highest-rated passer is by far and away the league leader in air yards per pass attempt, and he continues to be a force on the ground as well for a dominant, 2-0 Baltimore team.
3. Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen: The third-year top-10 pick is breaking out before our eyes. The league leader in passing yardage has six touchdown passes to zero picks, and he’s also a threat with his legs for the rolling, 2-0 Bills.
4. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: The two-time MVP looks a lot like his old self so far for a Packers team that has scored 40-plus points in back-to-back games. Rodgers appears to be inspired. Six touchdowns, no picks.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew II: Very little support, no pedigree, no problem. Minshew worked his magic in Week 1 and had a bad Jags team hanging around with a playoff-caliber opponent in Week 2.
Top 2020 NFL MVP candidates
We are now two full weeks through the 2020 NFL season. There’s been some brutal quarterback play in those first two weeks. However, there’s also been some standout signal-callers making major noise. © Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports Patrick Mahomes has started the season right where he left off. Typically, this is the position that dominates the NFL MVP race. We’ve seen it at a near never-ending clip in recent years. In fact, each of the past seven NFL MVP awards have gone to quarterbacks. The last non-quarterback to win the award was Adrian Peterson back in 2012.
6. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: The numbers aren’t there with the top four guys, but Mahomes has still been superb for a team that is perfect.
7. Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray: His passing numbers will still need to improve, but the second-year No. 1 overall pick has been an utter playmaker with three rushing touchdowns for the 2-0 Cards.
8. Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones: It hurts Rodgers’ case a bit that after dominating the Detroit Lions in Week 2, Jones now leads the NFL with 234 rushing yards to go with three touchdowns. That’s a pace that at least gets him on this list.
9. Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins: Same applies to Hopkins, who in his first year with the Cards is on pace to catch an NFL-record 176 passes from Murray.
10. New England Patriots QB Cam Newton: Dude has already scored four rushing touchdowns and has a completion percentage above 70 for a team that looks as though it will contend again in 2020.
Steelers already eyeing Ben Roethlisberger’s successor in 2021 NFL Draft?
In a quarterback-rich class, there is already a belief in the NFL that Pittsburgh might get aggressive in finding its quarterback of the future. “When I talk to teams to get a feel for the quarterback market, the most common team mentioned as needing a quarterback is Pittsburgh,” an NFL agent said, via Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller. “There is a very strong belief that they add a Round 1 quarterback and would be willing to trade up to get one.” © Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers have little choice but to enact a succession plan for Ben Roethlisberger.
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