The SB Nation NFL team sites will be doing theme weeks all throughout the 2017 NFL season. This week’s theme is: “Who is your team's midseason MVP?”
This is an easy one: Carson Wentz.
He’s not even just the team’s MVP. He’s arguably the league MVP. After leading the NFL MVP odds a few weeks ago, Wentz has dropped to second place (behind Tom Brady) ... but he’s still clearly in the conversation.
The majority of SB Nation’s NFL team sites actually voted Wentz as the NFL MVP for the first eight weeks of the season.
Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz summed up this award: Wentz has shown tremendous growth over the first half of the season. His knowledge of the offense and execution on third downs, combined with his athleticism, make him a force to be reckoned with.
From Bleeding Green Nation: Wentz, the quarterback of the team with NFL’s best record, is the MVP. He’s really doing it all. He can unleash the deep ball. He can avoid pressure and place the ball with laser accuracy into tight windows. He can use his legs to extend plays and/or run down the field — the way he escaped a pile of defenders against Washington in Week 7 was incredible. But Wentz's game isn't based on flash alone. He's shown the ability to be consistent and sustain drives down the field. He's been absolutely awesome on third down all year long. It's unreal how quickly he's progressed from Year 1 to Year 2.
Voters also named the Eagles the best team in the NFL, which makes sense given they have the league’s best record at 7-1.
From Bleeding Green Nation: The Eagles are the best team in the NFL. At 7-1, owners of the best record in the league. Their +76 point differential also puts them ahead of every other team. The offense, led by MVP candidate Wentz, has a number of capable receiving threats. Their run game is boosted by the presence of LeGarrette Blount and a strong offensive line. On defense, Philadelphia is better at stopping the run than any other team. That forces other teams to be one dimensional through the air. The Eagles also have one of the best special teams units in the NFL thanks to coordinator Dave Fipp. This is a complete team that’s playing together and having a great time. Head coach Doug Pederson deserves a lot of credit for outperforming expectations.
Unfortunately, Pederson lost out to Sean McVay in “Coach of the Year” voting. But Dougie P did finish second, so that’s nice. He obviously deserves some level of credit for Wentz’s development.
For more on why the Wentz MVP hype is legit, check out this great video breakdown.
Carson Wentz is playing like the NFL MVP
Carson Wentz is truly playing like the NFL MVPPosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Sunday, October 22, 2017
Question for you: Who is your non-Wentz MVP? That discussion is much more interesting. I’d argue it was Jason Peters. Zach Ertz obviously has a case as well. Malcolm Jenkins, Timmy Jernigan, Fletcher Cox, Jason Kelce all deserve some love. Who would you pick?