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The NFL MVP To This Point Is Not A Quarterback

Quarterbacks might win every NFL MVP award handed out for the rest of time. It seems every year we praise a player in a different position and they still don't get put into the most valuable player conversation. Well this year, there's a guy on an undefeated team with a seventh-round pick at quarterback. The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of great players, but none as valuable as their running back.


The Case For Christian McCaffrey as NFL MVP


McCaffrey has been considered one of the best running backs in the NFL ever since he was a first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers. Injury problems and a lack of consistency at quarterback hindered his ability to flourish. After being traded mid-season in 2022, he's done nothing but shine in Kyle Shanahan's offense. Since week 7 of 2022, CMC has led all offensive players in total scrimmage yards. Sunday, he tallied 177 total yards and 4 TDs.

We've talked about how San Francisco has talent everywhere. They have one of the best edge rushers in Nick Bosa, one of the best off-ball linebackers in Fred Warner, and one of the best offensive linemen in Trent Williams. All who will probably end up in the Hall of Fame. Tight end George Kittle and wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are all having great years. Still, none of them to the magnitude of Christian McCaffrey. He is one of one and on pace to break countless records.


What Vegas Is Telling Us


Vegas doesn't know everything... or do they? Nowadays we have to double-check our football knowledge with what the numbers say. Here are the current MVP odds at the sportsbooks:

The 49ers have a legitimate chance at winning 15 or more games this season, which would most likely pit them as the top seed in the NFC and offer them the best chance at having an MVP. Typically the MVP comes from the best team that year, so team success will help him.


While Purdy sits right behind him at +1200, his numbers likely won't compare to some of the better quarterbacks in the league. That will hurt his chances significantly. If McCaffrey stays healthy and does break numerous records while leading running backs in all categories, he's got a real chance. 600 total yards and 7 total TDs through four games is absurd. He's valuable. Some might say the most valuable.


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