NFL MVP rankings: 10 leading candidates heading into Week 18

Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers is in command of the NFL MVP race. Photo from CBS.

The NFL MVP ladder Week 18 2022 shows how tight and unpredictable this season has been. Besides the usual suspect, several players have made a strong case to take home the award this time.

There’s even a slight chance that a non-QB gets the nod. However, judging by previous MVP winners, this has been a quarterbacks’ award more often than not. Again, that could make the voting for Offensive Player of the Year even more complicated.

NFL MVP ladder Week 18 2022

Who’ll win this year is anybody’s guess. This is a team sport so it’s not like a player can single-handedly lead a team to the top.

Then again, a handful of stars have definitely stood up from the rest of the pack. That’s why today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 in the NFL MVP race 2021-22.

10. Dak Prescott

Even if he doesn’t win the MVP, Dak Prescott could be a leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year.

He’s thrown for 4,154 yards with 32 touchdowns and 10 picks, and the Dallas Cowboys were by far the best team in the division.

Then again, he’s been far less aggressive with his feet and is going through a bit of a slump, and he’s yet to prove that he can beat good teams.

9. Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford began the season as one of the top guys in the NFL MVP race 2021-22.


It seemed like it had been the Detroit Lions who failed him all along and not vice versa. Then, he hit a bit of a wall and has looked more like Jared Goff than Jared Goff himself.

Even so, Stafford has managed to throw for 4,648 yards with 38 yards and 15 picks, and the Los Angeles Rams won their division.

8. Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray‘s impact is even more obvious when he’s not out there. He’s the heart and soul of the Arizona Cardinals and one of the most talented dual-threat quarterbacks in the league.

He’s still an MVP candidate despite missing time with injury, as he threw for 3,547 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games. He also rushed for 388 yards and 5 scores, although he was picked up 10 times.

7. Patrick Mahomes

Remember when people said they had figured Patrick Mahomes out? Yeah, that didn’t last long.

Mahomes started taking care of the football again and the Kansas City Chiefs‘ offense is right on track. He’s thrown for 4,569 yards and 35 touchdowns, adding 327 rushing yards and 2 scores on the ground. He’s been picked up 13 times but at least one third of those interceptions were Tyreek Hill‘s fault, as they clearly bounced off his hands.

6. Josh Allen

Josh Allen entered the season as one of the strongest candidates to win MVP. And even though he’s not at the top of the NFL MVP race 2021-22 anymore, he hasn’t disappointed.

Allen led the Buffalo Bills‘ one-dimensional offense with 4,168 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. He added 700 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns, proving that he’s not just a strong arm.

5. Cooper Kupp

Cooper Kupp has a chance to break the trend of most previous MVP winners. Moreover, he’s got the chance to win the receivers’ triple crown for the first time since 2005.

He’s had a video-game-kind of season and is currently leading the league in receptions (138), receiving yards (1,829), and receiving touchdowns. He’s the main reason why the Rams’ offense was so explosive and is now forming a deadly tandem with Odell Beckham Jr.

4. Jonathan Taylor

While most people talked about Derrick Henry, Jonathan Taylor made sure to make his case for MVP.

With Henry on the shelf, Taylor established himself as the most dominant running back in the NFL, rushing for 1,374 yards and 18 touchdowns on 317 attempts.

Taylor also hauled in 37 receptions for 342 yards and a couple of touchdowns, becoming Carson Wentz‘ scape vault and leading the Indianapolis Colts to postseason contention.

3. Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow‘s MVP case became clearer over the past couple of weeks, as he threw for over 900 yards with 8 touchdowns and 0 picks.

Burrow is the leading candidate to win Comeback Player of the Year and has proven to be ahead of schedule, even for a first-overall pick.

That connection with Ja’Marr Chase promises to be deadly for years to come, as he’s already thrown for 4,611 yards with 34 touchdowns. Oh, and the Cinncinati Bengals won their division for the first time in six years.

2. Tom Brady

The NFL MVP race 2021-22 wouldn’t be complete without one of the greatest to ever do it. Tom Brady has turned back the clock once again and posted back-to-back 40+ touchdown seasons for the first time in his career.

With Brady at the helm, the reigning champions are once again one of the teams to beat in the NFC. Thus far, he’s thrown for a league-leading 4,990 yards (career-high) and 40 touchdowns. He also averages a career-high 311 yards per game.

1. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers’ MVP chances looked slim at the beginning of the season and then again when he made his controversial remarks on COVID-19.

But from a football standpoint, there aren’t many arguments not to give him the award for the second straight year.

The three-time MVP silenced his critics and all the outside noise about his desire to leave and the first with the Green Bay Packers.

Throwing for 3,977 yards, 35 touchdowns, and an absurd 4 interceptions; he’s once again the league’s most prolific passer. Now, the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC will go through Lambeau Field, and most of that is thanks to Aaron Rodgers.

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5 Comments

  1. Enough of the Brady crap…Taylor, Stafford and Kupp all have much better cases as well as Rodgers of course. Dak doesn’t belong in the top 10 as he is just a garbage time stat racker. Murray and Mahomes are not top 10 this play as their has been “uneven” to be generous. Josh Allen is quite worthy but I think Taylor is the true MVP but I would have no problem with Stafford, Kupp, Allen or Rogers winning it.
    In fact I think a strong case could be made dual MVPs in Stafford and Kupp.
    Of course in the end the dimwitted writers will make it a neck and neck race between Brady and Rodgers.

  2. It’s Brady and it’s not even close.
    His roster has been decimated by injury all year long. He has done the most with the least. Why do 8 more interceptions count way more than the 5 more TD passes he has thrown vs Rodgers?

    The passing yards and completions alone are more important metrics than just not having as many INT’s. Brady has dwarfed Rodgers in the key statistics of passing yards and completions.

    If Brady doesn’t win it’s because Brady hate and Brady fatigue is just too great in the populace and media. NFL billionaire hate Brady because he has exposed their organizations time and again with his results vs what they could achieve without him.

    Brady is tossing dimes to Cyril Grayson, Tyler Johnson and Cam Brate and everyone says he has more talent. B.S.

    It’s a shame he probably won’t win the MVP this year. It shouldn’t be such a subjective award. If it were based on results, he would have blown Rodgers away. Sadly, when you are the GOAT as Brady is, he will always have too overcome a jealous populace that wants someone to win so they can feel better themselves about their own pathetic lives.

    Brady is the MVP. Period.

  3. First people said that Tom Brady won the SuperBowl only due Tampa defense or plenty of skill talent around him… and despite all injuries on defense and skill positions, he keeps winning. And by the way, the other thing is availability… he is 44 and never misses a game. How many games all young QBs have missed this season due injuries? TB12 keeps going with no excuses. The only number that Aaron Rogers has that is better than TB12 is INT. But that is his thing… that is his only career stat that he will protect at all cost. Many TB12 INT were deep passes and are equivalent to a punt in terms of field position… but he is not scared of INT. He will do anything for his team to win. Rogers in other hand will prefer to preserve his stats… And Tampa is a non existent team before TB12… Green Bay was already a very respected team before Rogers. So, TB12 is the MVP for sure. No doubt.

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