NFL Week 7 MVP Power Rankings: Can Jalen Hurts win the hardware?

Jalen Hurts, #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Patrick Mahomes (L), Josh Allen (R), (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

4. player. 124. . . . Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback

Justin Herbert overtakes Patrick Mahomes in the race. Josh Allen will be in the discussion with Jalen Hurts all season.

Patrick Mahomes at four may seem controversial, but the Kansas City Chiefs star hasn’t consistently played up to the standard we set for him (or the one he sets for himself). That may be unfair as we set the bar higher for him than we do for anyone else, but public perception means a lot, and the Chiefs’ loss at home to the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 was huge.

That could cost them home-field advantage in the postseason. Mahomes threw two interceptions against Buffalo’s defense. One sealed the deal for the Chiefs’ second loss of the season.

A 4-2 record with over 1,700 yards passing and 17 passing touchdowns is nothing to sneeze at. Mahomes most certainly deserves a mention, but something tells us that Justin Herbert will sneak ahead of him for a few votes.

3. player. 13. . . . Justin Herbert, Quarterback

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert has fought every down while leading Los Angeles to a 4-2 record, but he isn’t the favorite to win the award yet. His rival Patrick Mahomes is (as he should be), but Herbert may overtake him at some point.

Herbert is firmly in the top ten in passing yards and passing touchdowns. When you watch him play, he consistently makes excellent reads while elevating his teammates.

Despite Herbert losing his head-to-head matchup with Mahomes, it feels like Justin has elevated the Chargers’ offense ever since he stepped into the starting role. This may finally be the year that he steals the AFC West from Mahomes.

But can he challenge Jalen Hurts for the MVP award? That’s the question. As of now Herbert still has some work to do.

Josh Allen, Quarterback. 2. player. 16. . .

If Jalen Hurts is having the best season of any quarterback, then Josh Allen is a close second. Truthfully, if you look at statistics alone, Allen has probably been better.

He’s led the Buffalo Bills to a 5-1 record, the best in the AFC. He’s led his team to wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. Pro Football Focus also has Allen ranked as their top-rated passer so far in 2022 as he’s the only quarterback with an overall grade higher than 90.

Josh Allen has earned high praise. He enters Week 7 leading the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He’s put on a show through six weeks, and he will be in the MVP conversation all season.