Tom Brady’s MVP campaign had a great week this week, despite the fact that he didn’t play a snap.
The MVP contenders that were in action played miserably and lost embarrassing games.
Two other candidates that had the week off saw their MVP stock drop for other reasons.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t in action during Week 9 of the NFL season, but their case for being the best in the NFL still took a massive step forward.
In hilariously Brady fashion, the GOAT was able to have one of the best days for his 2021 NFL MVP campaign from the comfort of his couch.
Heading into Sunday, just six players – all quarterbacks – had odds of 10/1 or lower to take home MVP honors this season.
While Tom Brady was watching from home, the six other quarterbacks competing for the award tripped over themselves so severely that Brady moved into pole position without taking a single step forward.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen came into the week as the outright favorite to win MVP. He then led the Buffalo offense to just six points against the Jaguars, losing to one of the worst teams in the NFL.
In a comical turn of events, Bills Josh Allen was tortured all game by Jaguars defender Josh Allen, who sacked, picked off, and recovered a fumble against the Bills quarterback of the same name.
On Sunday, Josh Allen wasn’t even the most valuable Josh Allen on the field.
Tough look, buddy.
It only got worse from there. Matthew Stafford was another favorite to win MVP, but he and the Rams were embarrassed by the Tennessee Titans. Stafford threw interceptions on back-to-back passes to put Los Angeles out of contention before the first quarter was even over.
His first interception was positively Wentz-ian, with Stafford shoveling the ball directly into the arms of a defender in order to avoid a safety.
After the Titans scored on the ensuing possession, the Rams got the ball back, and Stafford threw a pick-six on his very next dropback.
Not very valuable Matthew!
Elsewhere across the league, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys got pantsed by the Denver Broncos in Dallas. Prescott and the Cowboys offense were completely shut out through the first three quarters, and didn’t score until they were already down 30-0.
Prescott completed less than 50% of his passes. The stat sheet shows that he was technically outdueled by Teddy Bridgewater. Is this the start of Bridgewater’s own MVP campaign? Perhaps.
Along with Brady, two others of the six top contenders for NFL MVP were out of action on Sunday, but unlike Brady, their absence hurt, not helped, their future case for the award.
In Arizona, Kyler Murray sat on the sideline due to injury as backup Colt McCoy led the Cardinals to a dominant win over the 49ers without DeAndre Hopkins.
It was a true team win for Arizona, but if Colt McCoy is able to complete 22 of 26 passes for 249 yards in the air, how truly “valuable” is Murray to the Cardinals as a whole?
Meanwhile for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers was out after testing positive for COVID-19.
Due to Rodgers’ positive test, it was revealed that he was unvaccinated despite showing up to every press conference of the year so far to speak with media indoors and unmasked.
Regardless of how well he plays for the rest of the season, it’s tough to imagine that Rodgers will take home an award that’s voted on by the media that he was openly lying to through the first half of the season.
Which brings us all the way back to Brady. By the time Week 10 was in the books, Brady was a co-favorite to win MVP on DraftKings, his odds increasing despite not taking a single snap.
Brady is second in the NFL in passing yards, trailing only Stafford, who has yet to hit his own bye week. Brady also still leads the NFL in touchdown passes despite taking his week off.
The Buccaneers are 6-2, coming off of their bye week, and have games against the Giants and Washington Football Team next on the schedule.
Brady is the winningest quarterback in the history of football, and after Sunday, he’s set to become the oldest MVP in NFL history.
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