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Who Will Be The NFL MVP In 2021?

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Written By: Matt Di Domenico

Twitter: @didomenicomatt5

The NFL MVP is always rewarded to the best overall player during the NFL Honors. The MVP award is voted upon by 50 different sportswriters when the regular season is officially over. Last season, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was able to win his 3rd NFL MVP award in his career. This season, Rodgers will look to defend his MVP crown but there are many different high-quality players in this league that will look to win the award in 2021. Below is the ranking of the 8 most likely players to win NFL MVP in 2021.

8. DE Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns

14 Games, 12.0 Sacks, 45 Tackles, 33 Solo, 15 Ast, 10 TFL, 18 QB Hits, 4 Forced Fumbles

Myles Garret is a freakish athlete that has the ability to dominate opposing offenses in 2021. The Cleveland Browns were able to select Garrett with the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and it has turned out to be a pretty good pick. Garrett has that rare combination of speed, size, and power that lets him rush the passer at an elite level. There is no doubt that Garrett can turn into the anchor of this Browns defense in 2021. The Browns as a team have huge expectations and I expect Garrett to take a huge leap this coming season. In 2020, Garrett was able to record 12.0 sacks but it was not the highest mark in his career. Obviously, that sack number would have to improve if Garrett plans on taking home the MVP this season. The odds of Garrett winning the MVP are very slim, but if there was a surprise player to win the award this season, I would choose Garrett.

7. QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

37 Total TDs, 12 INTs, 3,971 Passing Yards, 819 Rushing Yards, 94.3 Passer Rating, 68.9 QBR

For the Arizona Cardinals, they have found their QB for the future in the desert with Kyler Murray. Murray was able to have a very good 2nd season as the Cardinals single caller and looks to have his sights set high for this football team in 2021. Having the amount of playmakers around Murray like newly acquired WR A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, Rondale Moore, James Conner, Chase Edmonds, and of course DeAndre Hopkins will allow Murray to score a lot of points in 2021. Kliff Kingsbury and Murray will certainly draw up a lot of plays to win ball games. The challenging part for Murray is that the NFC West is probably the most difficult division in all of football to win. Murray will have to be sharp every week and winning those divisional matchups will be critical. Murray simply can win the MVP in 2021 because he is a dual-threat QB that can do a lot with his underrated arm and quick feet. Making smart plays will be the deciding factor for Murray in his chances to win the MVP this season.

6. RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

378 ATT, 5.4 AVG, 2,027 Rush Yards, 17 Rush TDs, 19 REC, 114 REC Yards, 3 FUM

King Henry had one big year in 2020 where he was able to rush for more than 2,000 yards and had 17 rushing TDs. Those were some MVP type of numbers but this is a QB favored league and Henry did not receive a notice for the award at the end of last season. Defenders that went against Henry had all the problems in the world in attempting to tackle this man in space. His violent stiff-arm just separates him from a lot of RBs in the NFL. There is no doubt however that Henry can rush for 2,000 yards again because of the type of power back he is. However, the lack of receiving skills in his game certainly hurts his chances to win the award. The Titans rely on Henry a lot in their offense and no doubt will give him the ball in 2021. If Henry has a big year again, then expect him to get somewhat of consideration for the NFL MVP in 2021.

5. QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

45 Total TDs, 10 INTs, 4544 Passing Yards, 421 Rushing Yards, 107.2 Passer Rating, 81.7 QBR

If there was a player that could be higher on this list it would be QB Josh Allen from the Buffalo Bills. Allen is a special playmaker that was able to take the Bills all the way to the AFC championship game last year. Allen put up some monster numbers with 37 passing TDs and had 4,544 passing yards. Ultimately, Allen fell in 2nd place in the MVP voting with 4 votes compared to Aaron Rodgers 44. There is no doubt that Allen can make any type of throw on the football field and will be a staple in the AFC East for many years to come. In 2021, it is going to be a real challenge for Allen to put up better numbers than this past season. The AFC East is one of the most difficult divisions in the NFL and the Bills will have a huge target on their backs from the rest of the AFC. The good news for Allen is he still has Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, and free-agent addition Emmanuel Sanders to get the football to. If Allen does put up better numbers and Buffalo wins a lot of games in 2021, then expect Allen to win the MVP award.

4. QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

40 Total TDs, 6 INTs, 4,740 Passing Yards, 308 Rushing Yards, 108.2 Passer Rating, 82.9 QBR

After falling in the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Patrick Mahomes is looking to bounce right back and fight into the big game for the third consecutive season. What Mahomes is also looking to do is win his 2nd MVP award in his young career. The Chiefs have rebuilt the team's offensive line this offseason with the additions of Orlando Brown Jr., Creed Humphrey, and Kyle Long. Rebuilding the offensive line will go a long way in 2021 because the Chiefs offensive line struggled a lot when consistent pressure was brought by opponents. Mahomes will still have some top weapons to utilize as well like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. This Kansas City offense will look to be a top 5 unit in the league again and it will all be led by Mahomes. Keep in mind that Mahomes was battling through a toe injury throughout the 2020 season as well. Being completely healthy throughout the 2021 NFL season will be a huge contributor in Mahomes competing for his 2nd MVP award.

3. QB Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

43 Total TDs, 12 INTs, 4,633 Passing Yards, 6 Rushing Yards, 102.2 Passer Rating, 72.5 QBR

Coming into the 2021 NFL season, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the defending Super Bowl champions. There is no doubt that Brady and the Bucs will be looking to repeat once again. Brady will be 44 years old when the season kicks off and he has not shown any signs of slowing down. Brady was able to throw 40 passing TDs in his first year with the Buccaneers. That TD number may improve even more after developing elite chemistry with his weapons in 2020. This Tampa Bay offense is very talented with the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, and Scotty Miller. Brady also has his entire offensive line back from the prior super season. Expect a big year from this offense. Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will draw up many successful plays to put fellow teams away. I will not be surprised if Brady wins his 4th MVP award in 2021 and adds to his legendary career even more at his second NFL home.

2. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

51 Total TDs, 5 INTs, 4,299 Passing Yards, 149 Rushing Yards, 121.5 Passer Rating, 84.4 QBR

The defending NFL MVP from the prior season went through a rollercoaster offseason with the rumor that he wants out of Green Bay. After losing in the NFC championship game for the 2nd consecutive year, it has caused a lot of frustration between Rodgers and the Packers front office. This past week, Rodgers has shown up to training camp and seems to be looking to play in Green Bay for at least one more season. If the Packers and Rodgers do not win the Super Bowl, it looks like it will be the end of #12 in a Packers uniform for right now. The good news for Rodgers is that the Packers front office did listen to one of his demands before showing up to camp. Green Bay has traded for WR Randall Cobb who is one of Rodgers' favorite weapons throughout his career. On top of Cobb, Rodgers will now have Davante Adams, Robert Tonyan, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Aaron Jones, and many more weapons to utilize in this offense. There is no doubt that Matt LeFleur and Nathaniel Hackett will put this Packers offense in the best possible position to win games. Rodgers was able to throw 48 TDs and over 4,000 yards in 2020. If Rodgers is able to back up that kind of success in 2021, then certainly he will win his 4th MVP award.

1. DE Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

16 Games, 13.5 Sacks, 45 Total Tackles, 27 Solo, 18 Ast, 14 TFL, 28 QB Hits, 4 Forced Fumbles

After another stellar performance by Aaron Donald in 2020, the 3-time defensive player of the year is looking to add his first NFL MVP award in 2021. If there is one defensive player that could be a favorite to win the MVP award this upcoming season it would be Donald. The last defensive player to win the NFL MVP was Lawrence Taylor in 1986. The similarities are there between Taylor and Donald. Donald is a very dominating and fearful presence on the defensive side of the ball. Taylor had that same effect when he played the game. Donald has raw power and lighting quick pass-rushing moves that allow him to dominate offensive lineman. Last season, Donald recorded 13.5 sacks which was the 2nd highest mark in his career. Obviously, Donald will need to put up crazy sack numbers, beat a lot of double-team blocks, and make impactful game-winning plays to take home the NFL MVP with the Los Angeles Rams. It would be interesting to see a defensive player win the award and surely Donald is a top player to get the challenge done in today's NFL.


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