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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / The Race for NFL MVP: Gurley or Brady or Maybe a Surprise?

The Race for NFL MVP: Gurley or Brady or Maybe a Surprise?

The Race for MVP
Publish Date: 12/28/2017
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

A race a few weeks ago that looked like Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz had the upper-hand, was thrown into chaos when Wentz was injured and declared out for the rest season. Steelers Receiver Antonio Brown was also sidelined for the rest of the regular season, and all of the sudden it looked like the old stand-by Tom Brady may sneak in and grab another trophy for his vast collection. Well don’t look now but Rams running back Todd Gurley has gotten hot in the last few weeks and looks like he might be at least even with Brady, and he may have even pulled ahead. Let’s look at The Grueling Truth’s rankings headed into the final week of the 2017 season.

1) Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams – If you had Gurley in your fantasy season, chances are you won. But that has no bearing in this selection. The fact is, Gurley has put the Rams on his back and led their charge into the playoffs and possible Super Bowl contention.ย Gurley now leads the league in rushing (1,305 yards). His 2,093 yards from scrimmage are 147 more than his closest pursuer (Le’Veon Bell), and his 19 TDs are six better than anyone else. Gurley has been a big factor in the emergence of second-year quarterback Jared Goff, and without Gurley, this would be a team struggling to get to .500.

2) Tom Brady, New England Patriots – Age is just a number to Tom Brady and once again after losing weapons like Julian Edelman, Brady has the Patriots poised for yet another Super Bowl run. Bradyย leads the NFL with 4,387 passing yards, and his 30 TDs are most in the AFC. Of course you have to bring up the fact that the Patriots would have a hard time even making the playoffs if Brady were not on the team.

3) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – The fact that the Seahawks have no big-time weapons on offense and a below average offensive line, yet still have a shot to make the playoffs is a testament to how good Wilson is.

4) Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles – If he didn’t get injured, Wentz would probably be number one on this list right now. He threw 33 touchdown passes and led the Eagles to the number one seed in the NFC playoffs.

5) Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikins – Keenum did not perform at a high level in the Vikings 16-0 win at Lambeau on Saturday night, but he belongs in this conversation. Keenum was a guy that started out the season with not much hope of doing anything more than holding a clipboard. That was of course until starter Sam Bradford went down and since then, Keenum has come in and ran with it, and the Vikings have to be one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

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