Griffin III says Hurts, not Mahomes, deserves to be MVP
Miraculously, Kansas City’s offense hasn’t lost a beat despite losing Tyreek Hill, one of the most explosive deep threats the sport has ever produced. That, along with his league-high 29 touchdown passes (he also leads the NFL with 3,585 passing yards), has Patrick Mahomes in line for his second MVP, but if it were for the former winner of the Heisman Trophy Robert Griffin III, he will present the award to Eagles dual threat Jalen Hurts.
“Right now, Jalen Hurts is the MVP. After what he just did with 157 rushing yards and getting them to the win, he’s the MVP,” Griffin, now an ESPN analyst, opined Wednesday. The Dan Le Batard show with Stugotz. “[My] The top three are Jalen, Tua and Patrick Mahomes.”
Owners of the league’s best record at 10-1, the Eagles, barring a complete collapse, should be a plus for the NFC’s top seed in the playoffs and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Philadelphia’s rise, emerging as a legitimate title threat after barely making the playoffs a year ago, can be attributed to the dominance of Hurts, who balanced his 17 touchdown throws with eight rushing scores.
After a relatively lackluster showing against the Colts in Week 11, Hurts silenced his critics with a monster game on Sunday Night Football, hauling in two touchdown passes while rushing for a career-high 157 yards , in a win over Green Bay. That performance clearly rubbed off on Griffin, who now sees Hurts as the MVP favorite, even if the DraftKings Sportsbook handicappers (where Mahomes remains the betting favorite at -160 odds) aren’t on board. agreement
“The Dolphins are 8-0 with Tua Tagovailoa starting and ending a game. They’re 0-3 when he doesn’t. That looks like an MVP to me,” Griffin said in praise of Dolphins breakout star Tua Tagovailoa, who, for a time, was Hurts’ teammate at Alabama. “But based on what he ends up of doing Jalen, he jumped those two guys to be No. 1.”
Hurts will face a tough task Sunday when the Eagles host Tennessee (7-4) in what is already being billed as a “revenge game” for former Titan AJ Brown, who leads Philadelphia in both touchdowns ( seven) as in yards (831) this season.