Miraculously, Kansas City’s offense hasn’t missed a beat in spite of losing Tyreek Hill, one of the most explosive deep threats the sport has ever produced. That, coupled with his league-high 29 touchdown passes (he also leads the NFL with 3,585 passing yards), has Patrick Mahomes in line for his second MVP, though, if it were up to former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, he’d give the award to Eagles dual threat Jalen Hurts.
“Right now, Jalen Hurts is the MVP. After what he just did with 157 yards rushing and willing them to victory, he’s the MVP,” Griffin, now an ESPN analyst, opined Wednesday on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. “[My] top three are Jalen, Tua and Patrick Mahomes.”
Owners of the league’s best record at 10-1, the Eagles, barring a complete collapse, should be a shoo-in for the NFC’s top playoff seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Philadelphia’s ascendance, emerging as a legitimate title threat after barely making the playoffs a year ago, can be attributed to Hurts’ dominance, balancing his 17 touchdown throws with eight rushing scores.
After a relatively lackluster display against the Colts in Week 11, Hurts silenced his critics with a monster game on Sunday Night Football, contributing two touchdown passes while rushing for a career-high 157 yards in a win over Green Bay. That performance clearly impacted Griffin, who now considers Hurts the frontrunner for MVP, even if the handicappers at DraftKings Sportsbook (where Mahomes remains the betting favorite at -160 odds) don’t agree.
“The Dolphins are 8-0 with Tua Tagovailoa when he starts and finishes a game. They’re 0-3 when he doesn’t. That sounds like an MVP to me,” said Griffin in praise of Dolphins breakout star Tua Tagovailoa, who, for a time, was Hurts’ teammate at Alabama. “But based on what Jalen just did, he leapfrogged both those guys to be No. 1.”
Hurts will face a tough assignment Sunday when the Eagles host Tennessee (7-4) in what is already being billed as a “revenge game” for former Titan A.J. Brown, Philadelphia’s leader in both touchdowns (seven) and receiving yards (831) this season.