NFL MVP watch 2021 – Ranking the top candidates, eight quarterbacks in contention and who is rising


The NFL’s Most Valuable Player race is starting to come together five weeks into the 2021 season, with a host of quarterbacks emerging on the short list of MVP candidates. The leader of the league’s only remaining undefeated team is tied for the best Vegas odds and, unsurprisingly, has the most first-place votes from our panel. Those jockeying for the front-runner spot have 13 more weeks to make their case.

We asked a group of analysts — Stephania Bell, Matt Bowen, Mike Clay, Courtney Cronin, Jeremy Fowler, Domonique Foxworth, Kevin Seifert, Field Yates and Seth Walder — to vote on the top players in the MVP race right now. Then we used those nine sets of rankings to give our top five candidates overall, using Heisman Trophy-esque scaling for each ranking, to determine how the field stacks up to this point.

We’ll also look at a few players who have seen their MVP stock either spike or plummet in the early going. And finally, ESPN analytics writer Seth Walder weighs in on an under-the-radar MVP-caliber player, and ESPN Chalk analyst Doug Kezirian identifies his top value bet for MVP through five weeks. But first, here are the players off to an MVP-caliber start.

Note: All odds are via Caesars Sportsbook.

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2021 stats: 1,512 passing yards, 110 rushing yards, 13 total TDs, 4 INTs, 68.4 Total QBR

Murray has made life difficult for opposing defenses with his quick throws and ability to escape the pocket, and it has paid off in the form of a 5-0 start for the Cardinals, the franchise’s first such start since 1974. Murray’s MVP campaign is bolstered by his becoming the third player in NFL history with 1,500 passing yards and a 75% completion percentage in the first five games of a season, on top of the fact that he has the Cardinals sitting atop a loaded NFC West.

The Arizona QB might be the front-runner entering Week 6, but he’ll have to get his team back to its early-season form after failing…

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