Every NFL team has a chance to boast an MVP Award winner if their season breaks the right way. Here’s the top choice for every franchise.
NFL teams concern themselves with winning Super Bowl rings, but every individual player dreams of taking home an MVP award. Only a select few players in the NFL have a legitimate shot to win the prestigious honor on an annual basis.
Typically speaking, the award is reserved for offensive players. Only Lawrence Taylor and Alan Page have managed to take home the hardware from the defensive side of the ball. It’s not impossible that a defensive player can join that select club in 2020, but it is very unlikely.
Read on to discover every team’s top MVP candidate for the upcoming regular season.
Buffalo Bills: Stefon Diggs
Josh Allen might be the first player fans think of for the Bills, but Diggs is now the team’s most talented offensive weapon. His ability to make huge plays over the top is going to give the Buffalo offense a new dimension in 2020.
If the Bills offense takes a massive step forward and leads the team to 12 or 13 regular-season wins then it means Diggs has enjoyed a monster campaign.
Miami Dolphins: Matt Breida
Dolphins fans are waiting for Tua Tagovailoa to take the controls of their offense with bated breath. The odds favor him spending a significant portion of the regular season on the sidelines.
That makes Breida the strongest candidate in a pretty weak group. He might need to rush for over 2,000 yards to make a compelling argument that he deserves serious consideration.
New England Patriots: Stephon Gilmore
Admittedly, it will be very difficult for a cornerback to win the award for the first time. Gilmore is, however, arguably the best cornerback in the game today. If the Patriots defense posts another monster campaign then Gilmore will deserve a lot of positive attention at season’s end.
To actually win the award he’ll need to post a big interception number. That isn’t the best reflection of a cornerback’s level of play, but it’s what Gilmore will need to construct a satisfactory narrative.
New York Jets: Sam Darnold
The Jets are still waiting for Darnold to truly break out as an elite quarterback. If that happens in 2020 he’s going to receive a lot of positive media attention.
To win the award he’ll need to throw for nearly 5,000 yards. That’s a tall order considering the lack of established talent around him, but he’s the best option the Jets have at their disposal.