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Race to the MVP – Week 3: Lamar Jackson and Jalen hurtle to the top!

Thursday is MVP! Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes sweeps! The books are very clear, the two new favorites for MVP are Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts. If this data is worth what it’s worth, it’s clear that the two mobile QBs are off to a near-perfect start to the season. However, it is still early to bury the two big favorites from the beginning of the season, just like a Tua Tagovailoa who was also very successful at the beginning of the year.

1- Lamar Jackson (+4) Quarterback – Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

3 games – 749 yards at 63.6% – 10 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – 243 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns – 119 rating

The great Lamar Jackson is back! No. 1 in the NFL in scoring and touchdowns thrown, the Ravens quarterback appears to have returned to the level that made him the second unanimous MVP in history in 2019. But his coaches and his teammates are formal. Jackson is much stronger today than in 2019. Much more patient in the pocket, he is also much more precise in his pace and directs his offense with even more authority. A major development that culminates at the best time to secure the best contracts.

2- Jalen Hurts (+1) Quarterback – Philadelphia Eagles (3-0)

3 games – 916 yards at 67.4% – 4 touchdowns, 1 interception – 167 yards, 3 rushing touchdowns – 106.5 rating

Jalen Hurts, who was put on the line by many Eagles fans after a mediocre last season, not to mention catastrophic at times, has transformed into a dominant quarterback that is winning for his team a few months later. The kind of totally crazy story that the NFL knows so well how to present to us. Slightly lower than his Ravens counterpart in passing stats, Hurts is still the X-factor of the Eagles offense and a big reason why the Philadelphia franchise is one of the last undefeated teams. This year.

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3- Josh Allen (-2) Quarterback – Buffalo Bills (2-1)

3 games – 104 yards at 71.2% – 9 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – 113 yards, 1 rushing touchdown – 109.8 rating

Supplemented by two UFOs this week and beaten on the field by a very sharp Dolphins defense, Josh Allen remains a solid candidate in the MVP race. With a 400-yard game and two touchdowns, Allen couldn’t do more this week. The only quarterback in the league who has already surpassed the 1,000-yard mark after just three games is showing no signs of weakness yet. The rematch at the top with the Ravens or Lamar Jackson this Sunday will be rich in lessons for these rankings.

4- Tua Tagovailoa (-) Quarterback – Miami Dolphins (3-0)

3 games – 925 yards at 71.3% – 8 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – 1 yard rushing – 117.8 rating

The tests follow one another from week to week and the Dolphins of Tua Tagovailoa pass them all without incident. After the sensational comeback against the Ravens last week, the Dolphins provided the scalp of the team that looked unstoppable at the beginning of the season. Injured during the game and then quickly back, Tagovailoa continues to capitalize on his very good relationships with Tyreek Hill and especially Jaylen Waddle to win games for his team. And the result is there, for the moment.

5- Patrick Mahomes (-3) Quarterback – Kansas City Chiefs (2-1)

3 games – 857 yards at 67.9% – 8 touchdowns, 1 interception – 30 yards rushing – 112.1 rating

The rag is burning in Missouri! Patrick Mahomes and Eric Bieniemy, his offensive coordinator, couldn’t get the better of a Colts team that appeared lethargic last week, and had a heated exchange late in the game. Still, the Chiefs trailed throughout the game, and Mahomes didn’t display his usual ability to perform the minor miracle that gets his people out of a blunder. Definitely an accident for a Mahomes who will have things to prove this week.

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Special mentions

Justin Herbert (QB, Chargers) – 910 yards at 66.1% completion, 7 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – 98.9 rating
Trevor Lawrence (QB, Jaguars) – 772 yards at 69.4% completion, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception – 103.1 rating
Stefon Diggs (WR, Bills) – 344 yards at 12.7 yards/reception, 4 touchdowns
Cooper Kupp (WR, Rams) – 280 yards at 10 yards/reception, 3 touchdowns
Jaylen Waddle (WR, Dolphins) – 342 yards to 18 yards/reception, 3 touchdowns
Nick Chubb (RB, Browns) – 341 yards rushing at 5.5 yards/rush, 4 touchdowns
Josh Allen (LB, Jaguars) – 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 pass defended
Darius Slay (CB, Eagles) – 8 tackles, 5 passes defensed, 2 interceptions

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