By Nick Caitlin
In the last two weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams had their bye weeks after their incredible shootout that ended with 105 total points scored Nov. 19, with Los Angeles winning 54-51. It was third highest point total in NFL history. Despite the high score, running back Todd Gurley failed to put up any numbers and has fallen off in his last three games, and he will not be featured this week. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees kept his form over the past two games as his closest competitor had his bye week.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints QB
Week 11 vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 22-30, 363 yards and 4 touchdowns
Week 12 vs. Atlanta Falcons: 15-22, 171 yards and 4 touchdowns, 1 interception
Brees now headlines the MVP race with his in the first seed in NFC. For the season, He has only thrown two interceptions while scoring 29 touchdowns. The Saints average 37.2 points a game, the highest in the NFL. Along with winning ten straight games after their eight-point loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they’ve won seven of those ten by double digits. If Brees can continue to not throw interceptions with an efficient offensive performance and win football games, he gets my vote for MVP.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs QB
Week 11 vs. Los Angeles Rams: 33-46, 478 yards and 6 touchdowns, 5 total turnovers
Week 12: Bye
In the highest scoring game in Monday Night Football’s history, Mahomes and the Chiefs fell short of defeating the Rams. Despite the loss, Mahomes’ turnovers were his ultimate downfall to being runner-up to this point. He threw three interceptions, but doubled that total in touchdown passes with a whopping six. Though the fumbles were both forced by All-Pro Los Angeles defensive end Aaron Donald, one of his intercepted throws were due to his arm being hit by linebacker Samson Ebukam. Nonetheless, Mahomes still put on a show on the biggest stage on his young career. His 37 touchdown passes lead the NFL by five touchdowns over Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. Mahomes and the Chiefs are back in action Sunday against Oakland, his first matchup against the Chiefs’ bitter rival.
Edited by Garrett Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org