Top 5 NFL MVP Candidates Through Week 5

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is the most unstoppable rushing force in the league and proved that again on Sunday. (Photo: last_king_2/Instagram)

1. Kyler Murray Has Cardinals Flying: The Dynamic Dynamo 

The Arizona Cardinals are the only unbeaten team left in the NFL at 5-0. That record has a lot to do with their diminutive dynamo under center in Kyler Murray. Murray has been the most exciting signal caller this season. 

He’s used his legs when need be, but it’s been his arm and improved understanding of NFL defenses that have been most impressive. Sunday’s 17-10 win over the Niners was huge and also a possible letdown game after the Cards dominated the 4-1 Rams on the road last week 37-20. 

If they can keep this up it’ll be hard to not give Murray the award, as he makes the Cards go. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is right there for NFL Coach of the Year through five weeks as well. His and Murray’s fates and futures are directly connected to each other. 

2. Justin Herbert: More Than Just A Pep In His Step 

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert looks every bit the part of a generational talent at the position. He’s using all of the exclusive gems that he learned under QB guru Pep Hamilton in his rookie season. The Chargers are 4-1, and the team’s rise coincides with Herbert’s explosion into an All-Pro quarterback.

In a Monday night game they handed Las Vegas its first loss of the season 28-14. This past Sunday they defeated the Browns in a wild game 47-42. Herbert was magnificent in both games and looks to be getting better every week.

3. Dak Prescott: Worth The Bag 

Dak Prescott has come back this season better than he was prior to his gruesome ankle injury. The Cowboys’ offense has been humming through five weeks under Dak’s guidance. The Cowboys are clearly the cream of a mediocre NFC East crop and have top-eight quarterback in the game.  

Dak has been pinpoint accurate on short, intermediate and deep passes. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has been letting him play, and the Cowboys offense hasn’t looked better than with him at the helm. Looks like he was more than worth the money Jerry Jones paid him. 

4. Josh Allen: Nobody’s Sleeping On Josh Allen Anymore 

The Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen have a Super Bowl roster. Allen has steadily progressed in every facet since he was drafted in 2018. He’s multi-faceted, capable of beating you with his arm and legs. Last season he led the Bills to within one half of the Super Bowl.

In the offseason the team added more weaponry for the dual-threat, strong-armed gunslinger.  Allen’s Sunday night dismantling of Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs was an official signal that there is a new sheriff in town and he’s ready to take on the best of the best. The Bills will go as far as Allen takes them. Man, he’s come a long way and could be on his way to his first MVP award.

5. Derrick Henry: Rumble, Young Man, Rumble 

Derrick Henry is carrying the Tennessee Titans right now, and that may not change anytime soon. The addition of Julio Jones hasn’t paid the dividends expected, and AJ Brown hasn’t been anything close to what he was last season. The one constant in Nashville has been “King Henry” and his ability to tote the rock. 

He’s on pace to break Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. He rushed for 2,027 yards in 2020 and currently has 640 yards through five games this season. That BAMA is a freak of nature.

Honorable Mention:

Aaron Rodgers — Packers are 4-1 and he’s the main reason why.

Lamar Jackson — Carrying the Ravens thus far and had his second career 300-yard passing day last week at Denver.

Tom Brady — Well, he’s just BRADY. On Sunday he had his first 400-yard and 5 touchdown game. He leads the league in TD passes with 15 and it seems to be getting easier and easier for him to pick apart defenses. He’s 44. Incredible.