Week 9 is in the books, and we are already looking ahead to week 10. I am going to highlight each team’s MVP of the previous week.
32. Arizona Cardinals (Prev. 31)
The real answer here is nobody is the MVP. This was one of the worst performances of the year. Budda Baker is the only one who relatively deserves that title with 10 total tackles/assists.
31. New York Giants (Prev. 27.)
The Giants are another team where nobody deserves MVP, but they are asking Saquon Barkley to do everything. This man is doing all he can for the team and more. He is the only relevant player on this offense as of now.
30. Carolina Panthers (Prev. 32)
The MVP of the Panthers must be Eddy Pineiro. Nobody else on the team did anything worthwhile. He was 2/2 on FG attempts and knocked his only XP through. The Panthers had a very rough week.
29. New England Patriots (Prev. 25)
Rhamondre Stevenson had himself a nice game this past weekend against Washington. He had 87 yards on the ground and another 42 yards through the air. He managed to get in the endzone and keep this a close game for the Patriots.
28. Chicago Bears (Prev. 26)
Cole Kmet managed to get in the endzone twice this week and has proven to be a very trusted asset for the young QB. Kmet has shown he can be one of the better tight ends in the league.
27. Denver Broncos (Prev. 30)
Denver was on a bye week this week, but they have a tough primetime matchup against the Bills next week. It will be good to see how Russ can fair against a struggling Bills defense.
26. Green Bay Packers (Prev. 29)
For a team that won, nothing about the win looked great. On the bright side, the Packers got to see a healthy Aaron Jones for the first time in several weeks. He was heavily involved, rushing the ball 20 times and had 6 targets through the air. He also scored a touchdown on the ground.
25. Las Vegas Raiders (Prev. 23)
Josh Jacobs had a dominant performance against a struggling Giants team. He scored twice and just under 100 yards rushing. The Raiders should look to lean on him more with the pass offense being as bad as it is.
24. Indianapolis Colts (Prev. 24)
Any game where your defense scores twice is bound to be a good one. This was especially the case for Kenny Moore who had two pick-sixes against the Panthers. He also tied for the team lead in tackles. This was a huge day for a Colts’ secondary that has been rather bad this year.
23. Los Angeles Rams (Prev. 16)
The Rams had a tough outing against the packers, but Byron Young has a show on the defensive side of the ball. He had 8 tackles, 2 assists, and 2 sacks. Leading both teams in tackles and keeping hope in a struggling Rams team.
22. Washington Commanders (Prev. 28)
This is the type of game that a lot of people were waiting for Dotson to have. It wasn’t anything crazy, but he did manage 4 receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown. He needs to be able to maintain consistency moving forward for the offense to flourish completely.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Prev. 21)
Baker Mayfield had a great game against Houston. He was 21/30 for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns. This is arguably one of the best performances he has had since being a Brown. Unfortunately, he didn’t win, but if he can keep this up the Bucs could push for a playoff spot.
20. Atlanta Falcons (Prev. 19)
Jonnu Smith is not the tight end I thought I would be putting in these lists a couple months ago, but he did go 5 for 100 yards and a touchdown. He continues to be a big part of this offense and I don’t see it slowing down.
19. Tennessee Titans (Prev. 22)
Nick Folk had a very good game. He led the team in scoring with three field goals and an extra point. He was the most consistent part of this team and was there to lead on when the offense couldn’t finish in the redzone.
18. Minnesota Vikings (Prev. 18)
Joshua Dobbs is the MVP of the week at this point. He was traded to the Vikings and five days later got thrown into a starting role and won the game. He managed to lead the team to a win, after teaching the line his cadence on the sideline, in the middle of the game.
17. New York Jets (Prev. 15)
New York had a very rough outing, but Garrett Wilson put up a decent game. He had 7 receptions for 80 yards. The offense and defense both struggled some, but they look to do better moving forward.
16. New Orleans Saints (Prev. 20)
It should come as no surprise that Taysom Hill is the MVP of this Saints team. He managed to score twice, one receiving touchdown and one passing touchdown. He also led the team in rushing yards. Hill is arguably the best gadget player ever in the NFL.
15. Seattle Seahawks (Prev. 9)
Seattle was an absolute mess this past weekend, but it was one of the better performances we have seen from the rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba. He led the team in receptions and receiving yards and showed everyone why he was a first-round draft pick.
14. Los Angeles Chargers (Prev. 17)
In a matchup including the Jets defense, it is surprising to say that the defensive MVP of the game was Joey Bosa. He has a monster night with nine total tackles, including 2.5 sacks and a tackle for loss. He made a leading effort in holding the Jets to six points.
13. Cleveland Browns (Prev. 13)
Amari Cooper had one of the best games for a receiver this past weekend. He had five receptions for 139 yards and managed to score from a miraculous helmet bounce. He dominated the Cards secondary and proved himself, once again, a legitimate receiving threat for the Browns.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (Prev. 11)
Diontae Johnson FINALLY scored his first touchdown since 2021. He led the team in receptions and yards but was able to get his first score with Kenny Pickett throwing the ball. If he can continue to find the endzone, this passing attack could get better before the playoffs come around.
11. Buffalo Bills (Prev. 10)
The Bills continue to struggle lately, but Jordan Poyer had a great performance on Sunday Night Football. He had a total of 11 tackles adding a tackle for loss. He was involved all night on the defensive side of the ball and has been a key part of the defense all year.
10. Houston Texans (Prev. 14)
This was the easiest choice; it was CJ Stroud and it’s not even a question. He broke the record for rookie QBs, being the first one to throw for at least 450 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions in a single game. He put on arguably the best performance of any quarterback this year and looked like a seasoned pro while doing it.
9. Miami Dolphins (Prev. 7)
There were not a lot of options, but Raheem Mostert had the best game out of any Dolphin on Sunday. With 85 yards and a touchdown, Mostert was the one bright spot in a rather dull performance for the Dolphins.
8. Dallas Cowboys (Prev. 12)
Dak Prescott had an absolute phenomenal performance against the Eagles. Putting up nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns against a tough Eagles defense is very impressive. This is some of the best ball I have ever seen from Dak and if he continues this, the Cowboys are a dangerous team.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (Prev. 8)
Ladies and gentlemen, Joe Burrow is back! 348 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills was a great performance. This is the type of game we expect from Burrow, and it was nice to see him stepping back into his full form after the tough start to the year.
6. Detroit Lions (Prev. 6)
The Lions were on a bye, but they should have David Montogomery back next week. That will lead to an interesting backfield seeing as Gibbs has stepped into his role nicely. Monty has been dominant all year and looks to continue after the bye.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (Prev. 5)
Jacksonville had their bye week last week but have a tough matchup against the 49ers next weekend. Josh Allen has been dominant all year for them, and they will need a big game out of him for the Jags to compete.
4. San Francisco 49ers (Prev. 4)
San Francisco is coming off their bye with a big game against Jacksonville. With the addition of Young, Nick Bosa should be a menace against a questionable Jaguars offensive line.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (Prev. 3)
The MVP of the Chiefs goes out to Trent McDuffie. He had 10 total tackles and was also charged with covering Tyreek Hill for a lot of the game. He played a great game and has developed into one of the better cornerbacks in the league.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (Prev. 1)
The Eagles had several players who are worthy, but this one goes to Brandon Graham. He led the team with 1.5 sacks and a couple of qb hits as well. In a game where Dak was at his best, it felt like Graham was one of the only players getting to Dak all game.
1. Baltimore Ravens (Prev. 2)
Keaton Mitchell has the breakout game that the Ravens were waiting for. It may have come because they were ahead, but nonetheless he has 138 yards and a touchdown on just 9 attempts. That is exactly what you want to see out of an undrafted rookie.