With seven days left at the NFL’s regular season — a week meaning more for some than others — it’s time once again to take a look at the individual performances at the heart of the best teams’ success.

Yesit’s the MVP poll, in which nine of our esteemed ESPN pros weigh in on the topic of most valuable player in the league. While it is likely that something can come about in Week 17 to change the way this poll arrived, today it doesn’t seem to be actually close.

Our board of respondents: Matt Bowen, Mike Clay, Dan Graziano, Mina Kimes, Vince Masi, Mike Sando, Aaron Schatz, Kevin Seifert and Field Yates.

Mahomes collected eight of our nine Firstplace votes and easily maintained the prime spot. With a week Mahomes has thrown 4-8 touchdown passes, tied to the fourth-most in one season. He needs one week to tie 2005 Peyton Manning for the No. 3 spot on such list and two to tie 2007 tombrady for second. It appears unlikely he is going to get the seven touchdown passes he would need to tie 2013 Peyton Manning’s set of 55 at a season, but Mahomes has two games already this season with six, and in this time, can there be anything we’re putting past this kid?

Mahomes leads the team at complete QBR and is second in passing yards, passer rating and yards a week. The Chiefs are 11-4 plus win away from securing the best seed in the AFC playoff field, and also Mahomes’ season for the ages is a central reason behind that.

Brees, who’s never won this award, collected the other Firstplace voteseven second-place votes along with a third-place vote out of our board. He’s right behind Mahomes at QBR and may be the only before him in passer rating, also he is completing a shocking 74.4 percentage of his passes to a remarkable 8.16 metres per effort. Brees includes 32 touchdown passes and five interceptions for a 13-2 Saints team that’s become the very best at the NFC all season, and there is likely to be considered a sentimental push to throw a few votes his way since he has never won MVP, also it feels like that ought to really be on his résumé. At a season where Mahomes was not doing what he is doing, Brees may be a run away winner.

Rivers got one second-place vote and seven third-place votes. He has top five at QBR, yards a week and passer score, and he ranks seventh with 31 touchdown passes against only 10 interceptions. His Chargers are 11-3, and should they win this week and also the Chiefs lose, they’ll catch that high AFC seed off from Mahomes & Co. at the finish line. Come back victories in Pittsburgh and Kansas City lately have pushed this Chargers team because of dangerous Super Bowl contender, and also the veteran QB is leading the way with maybe the strangest team he has had.

Donald got one third-place vote in his poll, which is trendy, as while he probably can not get the awardhe deserves recognition for a candidate. He already has 19.5 sacks, that’s the 12th-best single-season full of them all, the most from a defensive tackle and one under Lawrence Taylor had in 1986, when he was named MVP of this league. This can be a quarterback awardwinning, for the most part, as well as Mahomes, Brees and Rivers having the times of year they are using, this is not the entire season for a defensive player to violate tradition. However, Donald’s value to the Rams, who’re among of the team’s most best teams, is unquestioned.


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