The MVP award in the NFL for the 2021 season will be one of the more hotly contested awards of the season. There are a lot of players that have strong cases to present as to why they should take home the hardware. One dark-horse candidate right now is Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
Normally, this is an award that is dominated by quarterbacks, but Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor certainly threw his hat in the ring with his excellent season. Outside of him, it is a lot of quarterbacks that will be in the mix.
Right now, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the leader in the clubhouse. He is the odds on favorite to win the award based on multiple sportsbooks. It would be the second consecutive season that he would win the award and the fourth time in his career.
Right behind him on the odds list is Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who would become the oldest player to win the MVP award. It would also be the fourth time he earns the award in his career.
While Rodgers and Brady are on the backend of their careers, there are a lot of young quarterbacks ready to take over the mantle. One of them is Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Burrow had a monster sophomore season, returning from a torn ACL suffered as a rookie. Some people believe he should be getting some attention for the MVP award, one of whom is Colin Cowherd.
Burrow was excellent all season. He led the NFL in completion percentage with 70.4 and yards per attempt at 8.9. He threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 16 games. He did not play the season finale as the Bengals had already locked up the AFC North division title.
The fact Burrow was able to have the success he did behind such a suspect offensive line shows how talented he is. He was sacked 51 times, as that will be an area the Bengals look to shore up in the offseason.
Leading the Bengals to a division title definitely helps bolster Burrow’s case. He likely won’t take home the award, but it would be hard to knock anyone that does believe he should be taking home the hardware this season. There could very well be an MVP in his future if he continues playing at this level.