Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Christian McCaffrey are among the five finalists for the AP Most Valuable Player Award, the NFL and Associated Press announced Thursday.
The trio is joined by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. This season’s MVP will be announced at the NFL Honors ceremony on Feb. 8.
Jackson could win his second MVP award after previously receiving the honor in 2019. He and the Ravens will play in the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. This season Jackson has passed for 3,678 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions while also rushing for 821 yards and five touchdowns while helping the Ravens secure the AFC’s top seed with a 13-4 record.
Purdy leads the NFL with a 113.0 passer rating while throwing for 4,280 yards and 31 touchdowns to help the 49ers secure the NFC’s top seed. San Francisco will face the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
McCaffrey leads the league in rushing yards (1,459) and yards from scrimmage (2,023) and is tied with the Miami Dolphins’ Raheem Mostert with an NFL-best 21 touchdowns from scrimmage.
Allen led all quarterbacks with 15 rushing touchdowns and passed for more than 4,306 yards.
Prescott ranked in the top five of the NFL in nearly every passing statistic including yards (third with 4,516), touchdowns (first, 36), completion percentage (second, 69.5 percent) and passer rating (second, 105.9).
The full NFL award finalists:
Most Valuable Player
- Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
- Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
- Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers
- Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
- Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers
Coach of the Year
- Dan Campbell, Detroit Lions
- John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
- DeMeco Ryans, Houston Texans
- Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
- Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland Browns
Assistant Coach of the Year
- Ben Johnson, Detroit Lions
- Mike Macdonald, Baltimore Ravens
- Todd Monken, Baltimore Ravens
- Jim Schwartz, Cleveland Browns
- Bobby Slowik, Houston Texans
Offensive Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Comeback Player of the Year
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Defensive Rookie of the Year
No MVP surprises
It’s been a pretty wild year in terms of forecasting the MVP race. Here’s a list of players who’ve been the favorite to win the award, via BetMGM, at some point in the last year:
There were five shifts atop the odds in a five-week span: Hurts, Prescott/Purdy, Prescott, Purdy and Jackson.
Head-to-head matchups told the story in a wide-open race this season. Jackson performed well against any of the challengers, especially with Purdy. Plus, Jackson was good all season and outstanding to close it. So that’s why all signs point to Jackson winning his second career MVP award. — Larry Holder, NFL senior writer
Stroud vs. Nacua for ROY
Any other season, Rams wideout Nacua would run away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. If you’re breaking records, you’re winning the award … except for this year.
The Texans’ Stroud was one of the league’s best quarterbacks in 2023. Not just the best rookie QBs, but one of the the best QBs overall. Stroud’s play wasn’t very up and down throughout his rookie season. He played well consistently starting as early as Week 2.
Here’s a look at Stroud’s numbers throughout the season using passer rating and Expected Points Added per dropback, via TruMedia:
Even as outstanding as Nacua played this season, Stroud produced at a very high level in his first year at arguably the most important position in sports. — Holder
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