After missing most of last season, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback has returned and has not done so quietly.
The MVP stands for “Most Valuable Player”. When you look at some of the top MVP candidates, such as Patrick Mahomes and Todd Gurley, you have to think to yourself ‘how valuable are these guys to their teams?’. If I am being completely honest, I believe their teams would be just fine without them. That is not the case with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Here is why Andrew Luck should win the NFL MVP award:
1. Look at Luck’s receivers
Outside of T.Y. Hilton, Andrew Luck is basically throwing to practice squad players. The Colts are not deep at pass catchers at all, yet Luck has thrown touchdowns to twelve different targets. You look at Patrick Mahomes, who is throwing to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, with Sammy Watkins as his second option. Deshaun Watson is not putting up the numbers Luck is with receivers named DeAndre Hopkins, Demaryius Thomas, and Will Fuller V.
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Andrew Luck is way ahead of Watson and step for step with Mahomes in terms of passing statistics, with a much worse supporting cast. Even Mahomes gets to hand off the ball to Kareem Hunt, while Luck does not have a superstar running back to take some of the offensive load off his shoulders.
2. Luck’s consistency
Andrew Luck has tossed three or more touchdowns in eight straight games, the third longest such streak in NFL history. That is nothing short of insane. Nobody has put up bigger numbers than Luck has the past six week, and it is even crazier when you think about the fact he is coming off a serious injury in which he did not throw a football for an entire year.
Luck does not turn the ball over often. Patrick Mahomes does. Mahomes may be a better athlete and a flashier candidate, but Andrew Luck is the more consistent quarterback.
3. You cannot argue with Luck’s stats
Through eleven games, Luck has thrown for 3,112 yards, 32 touchdowns, and is completing over 68% of his passes. Again, Andrew Luck is throwing the ball to T.Y. Hilton and a squad of used car salesmen. You like Drew Brees over Luck? Give Luck Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. You like Philip Rivers? Give Luck Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Melvin Gordon.
The fact of the matter is Andrew Luck is putting up mind-boggling stats with an offensive unit that would flop with any other quarterback. And if Andrew Luck had any of the other top candidates’ offenses, this would not even be a discussion: Andrew Luck would be the undisputed MVP.
Look for the flashier names like Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees to get most the NFL MVP votes, but the one player who truly epitomizes the word ‘valuable’ is Andrew Luck.