Another week in the books for the NFL. We are now a quarter through the season. Let’s take a look at the updated rankings for MVP and Rookie of the Year.
1 Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes is by far the leader in MVP so far this season. Denver looked like they had slowed him down but he worked his magic yet again. In his first start on Monday night Football, he led the Chiefs to a comeback win on the road in Denver. His next test will be against Jalen Ramsey and the Jacksonville defense.
2 Drew Brees, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints
It’s amazing the career that Drew Brees has had up to this point.After setting the new completion record, Brees needs only 201 yards until he becomes the NFL’s All-Time leader in passing yards. He’s been great this year and the Saints are 3-1 as a result.
3 Jared Goff, Quarterback, Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff lit up the Vikings defense on Thursday night football and has landed on my rankings for this week. The Rams look like the best team in the NFL and it doesn’t appear to be close. With their high powered offense and stout defense, it will be interesting to see what team actually beats them as they are really really good!
4 Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Chicago Bears
Khalil Mack has had an incredible impact on the Chicago Bears defense. A unit that was already pretty talented without Mack. Outside of Mahomes, no other player in the NFL has had a bigger impact to their team than Khalil Mack.
5 Alvin Kamara, Running back, New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara has been very dynamic in the Saints offense. He has been quite the weapon for Brees totaling numbers of 275 rushing with five touchdowns and 336 yards receiving with one touchdown.
Rookie of the Year
1 Calvin Ridley, Wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons
Ridley has found the endzone five times in the past two games. The rookie out of Alabama has become a big play threat for an Atlanta team looking to regain their form from 2016.
2 Saquon Barkley, Running back, New York Giants
Saquon Barkely comes in at number two this week. He’s been solid but performances tend to go up and down as the Giants offense struggles week to week with finding consistency.
3 Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
The Brown lost in a shootout to Oakland in an offensive explosion this past week 42-45. I had to check back to see the last time the Brown scored 40+ points in a game and according to Pro Football reference, the Browns scored 51 in a game against the Bengals back in 2007! Baker Mayfield is here to stay and the Browns looked to be in good shape!
1. Denzel Ward, Corner back, Cleveland Browns
Denzel Ward continues to be my top defensive rookie but others are starting to gain ground on him. He just has the look of an All-Pro corner and has performed well through four games for Cleveland.
2. Derwin James, Safety, Los Angeles Chargers
The defensive unit for the Los Angeles Chargers has been slowing finding a rhythm and it’s nice to see their first round pick, Derwin James contribute right away. Through four games, James has three sacks and one interception.
3 Darius Leonard, Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts
Darius Leonard has dropped a spot and may not play in their game tonight against the Patriots after suffering an ankle injury. The rookie out of South Carolina state will be missed if he does not suit up.