Through three weeks of the NFL season, there have been a handful of players that have taken over the MVP conversation.
With the MVP mostly being a QB award, it would make sense that these three options are all quarterbacks.
But, could this be the year a non-QB takes home the game’s top individual award?
There are still so many games to be played in the regular season, that the MVP discussion seems foolish this early.
Nevertheless, here are three players that have played like an MVP so far.
Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
The 2019 MVP, has returned to his elite form through three weeks of this season.
Jackson has been the best player in the league by far this year.
He leads the NFL in total touchdowns and is top five in the league in rushing yards.
Lamar Jackson, enough said 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/miSiDfokhR
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 28, 2022
The Ravens have a 2-1 record and Jackson is set up to battle with another MVP candidate in Week 4.
Baltimore will host Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in what might be the game of the day.
What makes the former first-round pick special is his dual-threat ability.
Jackson can take over the game unlike any player since Michael Vick.
Also, the 25-year-old is an impending free agent.
So this year he bet on himself to play his very best and has delivered.
If Jackson can lead the Ravens back to the playoffs he has a great chance at NFL MVP.
Josh Allen, Quarterback, Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills’ star QB has been trending towards a league MVP for years now.
It appears through three games that he will be on the short-list to win the award this year.
Through three games, Allen leads the NFL in passing yards and is second in passing TDs.
Allen continues to develop into one of the best passers in the NFL.
But, he can also use his legs which help him evade the rush and pick up key first downs.
Two players have 9 passing TD and 100 rushing yards through 3 games of a season in NFL history:
Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen pic.twitter.com/4LqseNIr0I
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 30, 2022
The Bills look like one of the top 2-3 teams in the league and that will help Allen’s MVP case.
The Buffalo offense relies so much on Allen because they do not run the ball often.
In Week 3, Allen threw the ball 63 times for 400 yards in the loss to Miami.
He is the definition of “most valuable” to his team.
So sit back and enjoy the show as Allen will continue to put up monster numbers.
Nick Chubb, Running Back, Cleveland Browns
Other than quarterbacks, the only other position to win the MVP in the last decade was running back, Adrian Peterson in 2012.
Could we see another running back take home the award in 2022?
Nick Chubb has the best chance of any to put together a historic season.
The Browns are a run-first team, with Chubb leading the NFL in carries, yards, and touchdowns through three weeks.
Rushing yards leaders this season:
🥇 Nick Chubb – 341
🥈 Saquon Barkley – 317
🥉 Cordarrelle Patterson – 302
4️⃣ Jonathan Taylor – 286
5️⃣ Nick Chubb *after contact* – 246 pic.twitter.com/nOjl4O35EK
— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) September 30, 2022
There is no sign of that stopping either with Jacoby Brissett expected to remain under center for the first 11 games.
Chubb is on pace for over 1,900 rushing yards which would be a number deserving of MVP.
He might be the best pure-rusher in the NFL and 15+ touchdowns this year are not out of the question.
The NFL is due for another running back to win MVP.
So keep an eye on the former Georgia Bulldog as he hopes to help the Browns contend for a playoff spot and division title.