Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Jalen Hurts was named a finalist for the Associated Press’ 2022 NFL MVP award.
The announcement was made on Wednesday. Hurts is one of five players to be recognized, including Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson, and Patrick Mahomes.
Here are the finalists for AP NFL MVP:
-Josh Allen, Bills
-Joe Burrow, Bengals
-Jalen Hurts, Eagles
-Justin Jefferson, Vikings
-Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
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2022 SEASON MVP CANDIDATES
Earlier this season, the MVP candidates looked a little different. With Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailoa falling out of the running, Minnesota Vikings’ Justin Jefferson is the only non-quarterback to be selected.
The five finalists were determined through Associated Press’ new voting system. Voters, including a panel of 50 sports journalists were asked to rank their top-five picks for MVP. Players ranked in first place were given 10 points. Second- through fifth-place votes were worth 5, 3, 2, and 1 points, respectively.
This season, the winner will be announced during the 12th annual NFL Honors event on February 9. However, the top-pick won’t come easily as all five players have put together a strong season, giving Jalen Hurts some strong competition.
Hurts, who finished the regular-season with a 14-1 record, was two games short of a full year due to a shoulder injury. The 24-year-old completed 3,701 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 760 rushing yards, and 13 rushing touchdowns becoming the ultimate dual-threat. With only six interceptions, Hurts finished with a career-high quarterback rating (66.3) and passer rating (101.6).
The second-year quarterback was also selected for his first Pro Bowl. However, now in the post-season, Hurts and the Eagles are on a Super Bowl run, as they await their next opponent on Sunday.
The remaining finalists’ stats are pretty impressive as well.
- Josh Allen: 4,283 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 762 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns
- Joe Burrow: 4,475 passing yards, 35 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 257 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns
- Justin Jefferson: 128 receptions, 1,809 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns
- Patrick Mahomes: 5,250 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 358 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns
Mahomes, who has been the clear favorite all season was named NFL MVP in 2018. This season, he helped the Chiefs earn the No. 1 seed. Kansas City is now in the AFC total game for the fifth consecutive season.
But, don’t count Jalen Hurts out. Also earning the No. 1 seed with the Eagles, the young quarterback is leading the team into the playoffs for his second straight season. Now awaiting the Championship Game, the Eagles have the most NFC Championship appearances since 2000.
According to FOXBet, the odds are as follows:
- Patrick Mahomes: -750
- Joe Burrow: +750
- Josh Allen: +1000
- Jalen Hurts: +1200
- Justin Jefferson: +10000