The Buccaneers may finally have their first MVP in Tom Brady.
After a wild weekend of football that consistently ran in favor of the Buccaneers, Tampa has inched up in the rankings in the NFC, and Tom Brady has gained some substantial ground in the MVP race.
The Rams, Packers, and Saints lost key games that will give the Bucs a cushion in the division and some additional space in the conference. The Saints were never going to be world-beaters without a starting quarterback, the Rams losing to the Titans without Derrick Henry is extremely surprising, and the Packers are dealing with their own issues right now that could trickle into other games.
The Buccaneers now sit at third place in the conference with plenty of time to make a push for the top spot. The question marks in Arizona and Green Bay could lead to some losses down the road, as could difficult schedules, so the Bucs should still be favorites to win out with the best record in the conference.
As for the MVP race, Kyler Murray is losing steam with an injury, Aaron Rodgers’ has no chance of winning the MVP now, Derrick Henry is out for the season, Dak Prescott played his worst game of the year, Matthew Stafford had a forgettable performance on Sunday Night Football, and Josh Allen couldn’t score more than six points against one of the worst teams in football.
On the other hand, while Tom Brady is coming off his worst game of the season statistically and a loss, he is still second in the NFL in passing yards, first in passing touchdowns, and only has five interceptions.
Of the other players on the MVP list, Brady’s defense has been the worst (due to injuries), which has propelled his value even higher than that of his peers.
If you look at one player on their team relative to the quality of the rest of the roster, Tom Brady is still playing at the highest level, and that’s saying something when you look at how stacked the rest of the Buccaneer roster is when healthy.
The Bucs have never had an MVP until this point in franchise history, and Tom Brady looks like the perfect player to end this drought.
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