Predicting the 2022 NFL MVP Race

The Most Valuable Player of the year award in the NFL is one of the most valuable in sports, with such iconic names as Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning and so many more winning multiple throughout their storied careers. The award has been dominated by Aaron Rodgers over the past two years, and hasn't seen a non-QB take home the award since Adrian Peterson over a decade ago, and in 2022, that's going to be no different, as there will be a slew of young QB's competing for the award.

That's not to count out guys like Rodgers or the GOAT Tom Brady, but the NFL has so much talent at Quarterback right now, that it just makes sense that one of the young guys will take home the award in the upcoming season. There's at least 15 players in the NFL right now that could realistically take home the award this year, but we've narrowed in down to three, and today we are going to predict just who takes home the MVP award in 2022. 

3. Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is the only name on this list to win an MVP before, and even after losing his favourite weapon this off-season, there's no reason why Mahomes should slow down, as he's got a solid, deep receiving core, one of the best tight ends in the game, and Andy Reid still as his head coach. Ever since his first start in the NFL, it's been clear that Patrick is just a cut above the rest, and after giving way to Aaron Rodgers the past two years, No. 15 is going to step up in 2022 and remind everyone why he's considered the best player in the NFL.

He's been outstanding in almost every game played so far over his 5-year career, to the point where he genuinely may get overlooked for MVP and other awards because the expectations on him are just so high. Either way, he'll be in the conversation again in 2022, and while I don't have him winning the award, this is a position he will likely be in every year for the next decade, while the Chiefs will remain a massive Super Bowl threat as long as #15 is under centre. 

2. Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert faced plenty of criticism when he entered the draft two years ago, while players like Tua Tagovailoa received plenty of praise, and while there's still plenty of time for Tua to develop, Herbert entered the NFL on fire, and he hasn't slowed down at all. This Chargers team around him is set up to succeed now, and if he can be as good as he was in 2021, or potentially even better, not only are they a Super Bowl threat, but No. 10 is an immediate MVP candidate. 

Many still believe Herbert has a way to go in big games, of which there will be plenty in 2022 given how stacked the AFC West is, but if he wants to lead Los Angeles to a playoff spot through this treacherous division, then he will no doubt need to play at an MVP level. There's only one way for the former Oregon star to shut people up, and that's to perform on the field, and given his improvements from year 1 to 2, there's no reason not to expect yet another huge leap which could put him in a tier with the likes of Patrick Mahomes and our MVP winner in 2022. 

1. Winner: Josh Allen

When Josh Allen was drafted, he was very much considered a project QB with plenty of upside, but over the past 4 seasons, the Buffalo Bills have done almost everything right to help his development, to the point now where he can genuinely be considered the best QB in the game, or at the very least, top three. He's been fantastic over the last two years as the Bills look to take the next step in the playoffs, and after another great off-season, this may be the year that Buffalo finally win the big one, and they'll do so with the help of MVP Josh Allen.

With youth, outstanding athleticism and a talent to step up when it matters most, it wouldn't shock anyone around the NFL if Josh Allen led these Bills on a dynasty and won multiple MVP's over his career, but the distant future is way too hard to predict, and right now, in 2022, we are just going to predict that the Wyoming product takes home his first Most Valuable Player award. 

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