NFL MVP, Honors poll: Mahomes, Gurley ahead for awards


The NFL season is only halfway over, but we don’t do anything halfway here at We’re here to give out midseason awards, and lots of them.

Who’s the Most Valuable Player of the league so far? Who has been the best defensive player? Who’s doing the best coaching job? With full acknowledgement that any or all of this could change over the season’s second half, we’re going to tell you who we think would take home the big NFL awards if the season ended right now.

We start with the big one.

Most Valuable Player

1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Fairly easy call, even as brilliant as the next couple of names on this list have been. Mahomes leads the league in passing yards, touchdown passes, Total QBR, miracle left-handed throws on the run and dazzling, highlight-reel jaw-droppers. Taking over a Kansas City offense that was one of the best in the league last season under Alex Smith and making it even better? Yeah, MVP to this point. Slam dunk.

2. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams. Gurley remains a yards-from-scrimmage monster, with a league-leading 16 touchdowns and 1,230 total yards for the 8-1 Rams. He does everything they need him to do in the run game and the passing game, and while the Rams feature multiple MVP candidates, Gurley’s the one who makes it all go.

3. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints. Do you realize he’s never won this award? Crazy for a guy who’s authored five of the nine 5,000-yard passing seasons in league history and belongs on the all-time Mount Rushmore of NFL QBs. The Saints just knocked off the Rams and have won seven in a row with Brees looking as good as ever at 39.

4. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams. Two MVP candidates in the top four? That’s the kind of offense the Rams are running right now. Goff is fifth in Total QBR, second in yards per attempt and has 20 touchdown passes against just six interceptions. Gurley’s candidacy is really the only thing holding Goff back.

5. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers. Something in the Pacific Ocean water, we guess, as both L.A. quarterbacks crack the top five at the midpoint. Rivers is fourth in yards per attempt, third in passer rating, third in Total QBR behind only Mahomes and Brees and has 19 touchdown passes to three interceptions. He’s got the Chargers’ offense humming and thinking about an all-L.A. Super Bowl.

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