Most Valuable Player
This is a reach, I know, but stay with me here.
By the literal name of the award, Most Valuable Player, can you name someone who has been more valuable to their team in 2021? As Joe Burrow goes, so goes the Bengals.
Could anyone imagine the success Chase has had if say, Teddy Bridgewater were throwing him the ball? Would the Bengals be the current 1 seed in the AFC if Mitch Trubisky were the quarterback? Of course not!
This isn’t to say there aren’t other players on other teams that are rightfully in the discussion, however, to be able to turn around a moribund franchise to this degree basically in one full season is a feat worthy of being named the literal Most Valuable Player.
It is the longest of long shots for Burrow considering the national attention and performance relative to their teams success of several other players, but don’t count the Franchise out. If Burrow leads the Bengals to an AFC North crown, he should be squarely in the conversation with the following players.
1. Derrick Henry (+2000)
It isn’t often that a running back wins the award, as only 16 have ever, with the most recent being Adrian Peterson in 2012, but Derrick Henry is a strong candidate. The Titans’ offense begins and ends with Henry, and a second consecutive 2000 yard season might be hard to overcome.
2. Kyler Murray (+350 — Betting Favorite)
It’s fair to say the Arizona Cardinals wouldn’t be undefeated without Kyler Murray running the offense, but more impressive is his maturation as a passer and decision-maker. Murray has to also be considered a favorite for the award and he’s currently the betting favorite.
3. Josh Allen (+450)
The Buffalo Bills are a front runner in the AFC for good reason. Josh Allen is a beast through the air as well as on the ground. Even though the Bills lack top-end talent at most of their skill positions, (outside of Stephon Diggs, I know), Allen has put the team on his shoulder in making them a strong AFC favorite.
Joe Burrow’s MVP odds are currently set at +4000. He’s tied for 10th place in the MVP race.
There you go!
Still lots of season left and anything can happen, but nonetheless, a fun exercise that Bengal fans don’t often get to undertake.
Let’s hope the good times continue to roll and a Lombardi Trophy is brought back to Cincinnati, first and foremost.