Updated: Jan 17, 2021
Adrian Peterson. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. These are just a few players who have dominated the regular season and outshined their peers en route to earning the honor of Most Valuable Player. In the 2020 NFL season, we saw the dominance of a generational talent continue, the resurgence of an all-time legend, and a tremendously gifted player make the leap into stardom. Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and Josh Allen took the NFL by storm this season, dominating throughout and making very strong cases to take home the MVP trophy. However, come February 6th, only one of these men will be cemented as the 2020 NFL MVP. With such compelling cases for each of these 3 elite quarterbacks, it is time to take a look at who in our eyes, did the most throughout the regular season to rightfully call themselves an MVP.
Patrick Mahomes had an unbelievable 2020 NFL season. In his third year as a starter, He led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 14-1 record, good enough for the #1 seed in the AFC, as well as the best overall record in the league. (The Chiefs finished at 14-2, but Mahomes did not start in Week 17) Mahomes finished the year with 4,740 passing yards (2nd in the NFL), 38 touchdowns (4th), six interceptions, and a passer rating of 108.2 (3rd). Mahomes established himself as a generational talent when he lit the world on fire in 2018 with 50 touchdowns, and continued his Hall-of-Fame trajectory with another dominant 2020 display. Putting Mahomes at the head of an offense that also has Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and a stock of other sub 4.4 speedsters is just downright unfair.
Many people had questions about Aaron Rodgers coming into this season. While Rodgers’ 2019 season was not bad by any means, it was clear that the Packers offense had taken a shift under new head coach Matt LaFleur, from the all-out aerial attack of the McCarthy era, to a more balanced style predicated on the running game, showing in Rodgers’ statistics. Rodgers had completed 62 percent of his throws for 4,002 yards, adding 26 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. However, it was a season that many considered a “down year,” as it didn’t seem like the superstar numbers Rodgers typically puts up. Rodgers took jabs at his critics in an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. In Michael Jordan-like fashion, Rodgers took that personally. In 2020, he set career highs in completion percentage (70.7%), passing touchdowns (48), QBR (84.4), all marks that led the league. Rodgers also finished with 4,299 passing yards, good for 7th in the league. Rodgers’ 13-3 record as a starter gave the Packers the #1 seed in the NFC. At 37 years old, Rodgers still looked like the electric player who lit up opposing defenses throughout the 2010’s.
Many people had their doubts about Josh Allen coming into the season. It started out Wyoming and persisted all the way to his second season in the NFL. Many were critical of Allen’s accuracy and whether he could be accurate enough to become an elite NFL quarterback. In the 2020 NFL season Allen laid those doubts to rest, making the leap into the discussion of elite quarterbacks. Allen racked up 4,544 passing yards (5th in the NFL), completing 69.2 percent of his passes (4th), with 37 passing touchdowns (5th) to only 10 interceptions, notching a passer rating of 107.2 (4th). Not only did Allen set career highs in passing yards, completion percentage, and touchdowns, he turned in 8 rushing touchdowns as well while leading the Bills to their first AFC East title since 1995, with a 13-3 record that earned Buffalo the #2 seed in the AFC. The Buffalo Bills have one of the brightest futures in the NFL, and Allen seems poised to lead the charge as a true franchise quarterback that the team has lacked since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly’s retirement in 1996.
Who is the MVP?
Aaron Rodgers started 2020 with a trademark A-Rod showing against the Vikings, and never looked back. After a dud in one game against Tampa Bay in Week 6, Rodgers took his play to an unbelievable level, throwing for almost 3000 yards to go with 35 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions over an 11-game stretch. Rodgers led the NFL in passing touchdowns, led the Packers to the number seed in the NFC and played some of the best football in his career. His consistent dominance throughout the season outshined peers such as Patrick Mahomes, who was on a torrid pace before his play dropped off like the temperature in the month of December (only 8 TDs to 4 INTs). Josh Allen was also very consistent, and if it wasn’t for a miraculous Hail Mary touchdown at the hands of DeAndre Hopkins and the Arizona Cardinals, the Bills would have rode an 11 game winning streak into the playoffs. However, Rodgers' consistency and overall output was unmatched throughout the season, which is why Aaron Rodgers is my pick to win the 2020 NFL MVP.