Dak Prescott and Brock Purdy have emerged as the 2 frontrunners for the NFL MVP. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
After which there have been two?
The NFL MVP award now seems to be a two-horse race between two quarterbacks: the San Francisco 49ers’ Brock Purdy, and the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott.
Though each males are only a month away from doubtlessly cementing their standing as probably the most useful participant within the NFL, each additionally come from unsuspecting backgrounds as MVP candidates.
How did we get thus far, and who deserves to win MVP, Purdy or Dak? Let’s dive into every man’s case.
Prescott vs. Purdy: MVP Comparability
|MVP Betting Odds
|Yards per Try
|10-3 (tie, first NFC)
|10-3 (tie, first NFC)
|14-24, 153 yards, one landing, three interceptions
|17-24, 252 yards, 4 touchdowns
Making the case for Prescott
In accordance with BetMGM, Prescott is the MVP favourite at +150. Purdy is shut behind at +200, whereas Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson are each +700.
There’s no query that Dak is the most well liked participant within the league and enjoying the perfect soccer of his total profession. The development of his MVP betting odds is a mirrored image of that.
Only one month in the past, BetMGM had Dak at +4000 to win the MVP. Three weeks in the past he was +1800, two weeks in the past he was +800, and final week he was +300.
Though Prescott is barely 30 years outdated, he’s the longest-tenured quarterback with one NFL crew following eight years of service to the Dallas Cowboys.
The previous fourth-round choose has gained a number of awards, together with the 2016 Rookie of the Yr, the Walter Payton Man of the Yr, and two Professional Bowl nominations. Nonetheless, he’s by no means made an All-Professional crew and by no means completed higher than sixth in MVP voting (2016).
Prescott put his sport into fifth gear throughout a Week 8 sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams.
After a slightly unassuming begin to the season, Prescott put his sport into fifth gear throughout a Week 8 sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams. In his final seven video games (together with the Rams sport), he averaged 310.3 passing yards and racked up 22 touchdowns and solely two interceptions.
The Cowboys additionally gained seven of their final eight video games and now lead the NFC East following a 33-13 win in opposition to the earlier leaders, the Philadelphia Eagles. They’re additionally tied for the perfect document within the NFC with the San Francisco 49ers.
The foremost blemish on his resume is a Week 5 loss to the 49ers, throughout which the crew misplaced 42-10 and Purdy completely outplayed him. That model of the Cowboys was totally different from the present one, nevertheless it stands out nonetheless.
Making the case for Purdy
Brock Purdy took the world by storm final 12 months as he led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Recreation throughout his rookie season regardless of being “Mr. Irrelevant,” or the final choose within the NFL Draft.
Although he flew underneath the radar in faculty, Purdy has answered practically each name throughout his skilled profession. This season alone he has 25 touchdowns and solely seven interceptions with a league main QBR of 74.7.
Purdy went via a tough stretch in the course of the season, which resulted within the 49ers’ three losses (all consecutively). Throughout these weeks, he averaged 254 yards and threw three touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
He’s additionally led marquee wins over the Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Eagles.
Within the ten video games on both facet (all wins), he’s been near lights-out, averaging 279.1 yards and tossing 22 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. He’s additionally led marquee wins over the Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Eagles.
Purdy falls underneath criticism via no fault of his personal, however due to the crew round him.
Working again Christian McCaffrey is one other outstanding MVP candidate and scored at the least one landing in 11 of 13 video games, whereas coach Kyle Shanahan has turned gamers like Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub into MVP candidates (and, in Ryan’s case, an MVP winner). Trent Williams, Deebo Samuel, and George Kittle are additionally former first-team All-Professionals and fill out what is taken into account probably the most gifted offense within the league.
With management of the primary seed within the NFC, the 49ers are the present Tremendous Bowl favorites (+260).
There’s nonetheless time for each Prescott and Purdy to maneuver forward or take a step again within the race for NFL MVP, but when both of them wins, they may have actually defied the percentages.