I simply cannot understand how anyone could possibly think that any quarterback in the NFL is the MVP over Tom Brady this season. I don’t think that Philip Rivers should even be in the conversation. Michael Vick has been great but not MVP quality. I’m sure that many sports fans will disagree with me but I’m going to try to convince you that statistically speaking, Brady is the only prospective MVP candidate at the quarterback position. I’ll stick with Philip Rivers here because Vick hasn’t played enough games yet to recognize his value through week 12. By week 17, Vick may have a better case but not quite yet.
He plays on a team with the best defense in football (YPG). He also happens to play on a team that has the best total offense in football (YPG). His team record? 6-5. The San Diego Chargers have lost to the Chiefs, Seahawks, Raiders, Rams and Patriots. Of those teams, only the Patriots and Chiefs have winning records. So with the best defense in football and the best offense in football they can’t beat the Seahawks, Raiders and Rams? Their six wins are hardly impressive; Jaguars, Cardinals, Titans, Texans, Broncos and Colts. Two of those wins are pretty solid wins against the Jaguars and Colts, but what about the rest of them? Not exactly stellar teams. Rivers has 23 TDs to 9 INTs, a passer rating of 104.9, a great 3,362 yards passing and a 66.2% completion percentage. Rivers great offensive numbers have come with a weak Chargers schedule. The Patriots are the only very good team that they’ve played so far. Rivers threw for 336 yards, but only 1 TD and he threw an INT and threw a backward pass picked up by the Patriots, turning it over twice. His QB rating was 85.1. Rivers hasn’t played a single team in the top 10 defenses (YPG) this season and only 1 in the top 15 (Raiders). So with a great defense, playing terrible defensive teams, Rivers has racked up great personal stats and a 6-5 record. I’m not impressed that Rivers is racking up great statistics against shoddy defenses and he’s still only got 6 wins to boot. Many Chargers fans blame the special teams for the losses and certainly they have had poor luck in the special teams department. Rivers has turned the ball over 12 times this season (3 fumbles lost, 6 total) though and he’s not winning enough games for this team to be considered an MVP. He might not even be the MVP of that team because their defense is so great.
Many football pundits have a problem with giving Tom Brady this award because he plays in an easy offense and he doesn’t throw the ball downfield very often. Well, he’s operating his offense better than anyone else in the league this season and he’s having one of the best years of his career. He’s also played against 6 of the top 10 defenses (YPG) this year. That could be why he’s not throwing the ball deep a lot and putting up amazing yardage numbers. He’s playing some of the best teams in football week after week. Brady has a 105.8 passer rating, 23 TDs to 4 INTs, 2,703 yards passing and a 66.3% completion percentage. So Rivers has him beat in yards passing. That’s it for the main statistical categories we measure NFL quarterbacks with. By the way, Brady’s team is 9-2 against much better competition. Brady also has the handicap of playing with the 31st ranked defense (YPG). There are 32 teams in the NFL, only the Redskins have a worse defense (YPG). Yet Brady still gets victories and there is no one one on the Patriots that is even close to as valuable.
I’ve been saying this for a few weeks now, I do not understand how Philip Rivers could beat Brady for MVP. Brady is having a better year in many facets of the game and he’s doing it against better competition. Tom Brady is the NFL MVP through 12 weeks if you’re only comparing him to Philip Rivers. The debate may rage on if you bring up running backs or defensive players but there is no better or more valuable quarterback in the NFL this season.