Who is going to be NFL MVP?

Ahead of the upcoming NFL season, the question on everyone's lips is who will be league MVP? The obvious choice is Patrick Mahomes but there are a few dark horses who could surprise...

The MVP award is the most prestigious individual honour a player can win. Let us take a look at six names who are among the favourites to receive the accolade this coming season...

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is one of the most talented players in the NFL, able to change any game with his ability to throw players open. Since he came into the league in 2017, Mahomes has dazzled fans and pundits with his no-look throws and throws with his weak hand. He can beat teams with both his arm and his legs, which makes him a nightmare for defenses across the NFL.

In his four seasons in the league, Mahomes has achieved it all and was named Super Bowl MVP when the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV in February 2020.

In 2018, he became only the second player in the history of the NFL after Peyton Manning to throw 50 touchdown passes and 5,000 yards in a single season.

Coming into the 2021 season, Mahomes is in the best position to win the MVP.

Josh Allen

Last season, Josh Allen arrived in the NFL. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career after setting several Buffalo Bills franchise records including most passing yards.

He also led the Bills to their first Divisional title and playoff win since 1995. On a personal note, he set records for most touchdowns, yards thrown and best completion percentage.

He comes into this campaign under pressure to repeat his performances from last season as in the offseason, the Bills rewarded Allen with a mammoth six-year contract extension worth up to $258million.

Allen has the ability to beat teams with both his arm and his legs. In his NFL career so far, Allen has rushed for 25 touchdowns which makes him a huge weapon and is one of the reasons why he is among the favourites for league MVP.

Tom Brady

Despite being the oldest player in the NFL, Brady is still one of the contenders for MVP.

The 44-year-old is a seven-time Super Bowl champion and has shown no sign of stopping. After spending so long with the New England Patriots, many pundits believed that Brady would not be able to play without Bill Belichick. However, Brady proved his doubters wrong, guiding the Buccaneers to their second Super Bowl in his first season in Florida last time out.

There were concerns about Brady's ability to throw the ball due to his age but last season he threw 40 touchdown passes, which was the second most he had thrown in the NFL.

Anytime pundits or fans say he is finished or washed up, he continues to prove them wrong. For Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, Brady is an extra coach that happens to be one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game.

His game management and ability to read defenses make him such a tricky opponent and are why, regardless of his age, he can lead his team to victory against any team in the league.

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford is going to be a player to watch in the 2021 NFL season. In the offseason, he moved from the Detroit Lions to the Los Angeles Rams.

Throughout his career in Detroit, his numbers have been some of the best in the NFL but as Detroit have not been a winning side, he has not received the acclaim his performances deserve. The move to Los Angeles gives him the opportunity to show the league what he can do.

Stafford will be a perfect fit in Sean McVay's offense and will excel in play-action, tight-window throws, deep throws and under pressure. At his disposal will be one of the best wide receivers in the league in Cooper Kupp as well as veteran wideout DeSean Jackson.

Both will be crucial if Stafford is to make a genuine bid for league MVP.

Aaron Donald

The eight previous NFL MVPs have been quarterbacks - in fact, no defensive player has won MVP since Lawrence Taylor in 1986.

So if Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is to win the MVP, he will make history, ending a run of 34 consecutive offensive MVP winners.

In his seven years in the league, Donald has been a force to be reckoned with, recording 85.5 sacks and 357 combined tackles. For some, Donald is the best defensive player to have played in the league, with his ability to cause havoc against any offensive line he faces.

Donald is continually voted to NFL Top 100 players lists and has won three of the last four NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards.

With the league becoming more pass-heavy in recent years, it is increasingly hard for a non-quarterback to win the award but if anyone is going to do it, it's Donald.

Russell Wilson

Lastly, we have Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Ever since Wilson entered the league he has set the world on fire. He set a new record with 26 passing touchdowns as a rookie and was named NFL Rookie of the Year. Wilson continued to dazzle the league in his second season, leading the Seahawks to a maiden Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos in February 2014. 

He has been named to eight pro bowls and has the most wins for a quarterback with 98 in his first nine seasons in the league. Wilson is one of the elite dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL and has 267 passing touchdowns as well as rushing for 21 touchdowns. He operates very well out of the pocket and has the ability to extend plays, allowing his receivers to get open down the field. 

He was voted 12th in last season's top 100 players poll and is an outside bet for MVP, but has the talent and pedigree to win it.

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