The 2017 NFL MVP race has essentially narrowed itself down to two candidates, and one of them is clearly ahead of the other.
The leader in the clubhouse is Tom Brady, who is 40 damn years old and still somehow Doing This. Brady leads the NFL in completions, attempts, passing yards, and yards per attempt this season, and has thrown 30 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. He’s got the Patriots set up to once again secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, and he’s done it without the services of his No. 1 receiver for the entire season, with injuries to multiple offensive contributors, and with a defense that spent half the season getting lit on fire. The man is incredible and would be a totally deserving winner.
Nipping at Brady’s heels, however, is Rams running back Todd Gurley. Gurley has absolutely exploded over the last couple weeks, and he’s not got himself some nice, round numbers to prop up his candidacy. Gurley’s monster Week 16 performance (22 carries for 118 yards, 10 catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns) pushed him over 2,000 total yards for the season, and his 19 total touchdowns lead the league. He’s been the engine driving a Rams offense that has emerged from the NFL basement to lead the league in scoring. Considering where Gurley was last season, it’s an incredible leap forward, and he, too, would be a deserving winner if he somehow managed to overtake Brady in the season’s final week.