With Carson Wentz injured, MVP is Tom Brady's to lose

Lynne Sladky / AP Photo

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had established himself as one of the favorites for the NFL MVP award after posting elite stats and leading Philly to one of the league's best records. But after he suffered a torn ACL in last week's win over the LA Rams, the award is up for grabs once again. And at age 40, Tom Brady just might be the new frontrunner.

While he's slowed down a bit in recent weeks, Brady is leading the league in passing yards and near the top of the standings in TDs and passer rating. The public consensus around the Pats QB is also helping his candidacy: even before the Wentz injury, ESPN's latest MVP poll had Brady leading the race. If Wentz falls away thanks to the injury, Brady may be able to consolidate that lead over the coming weeks.

This week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers will be crucial if TB12 is to win the award. A good performance against Big Ben and a Patriots win could help Brady shake off his disastrous game on Monday Night. A loss for the Pats and Brady might cede his lead to other candidates like Russell Wilson.

Until we find out how the Pats do against the Steelers, it's nearly impossible to forecast whether or not Brady will remain the favorite. But with just three games to go, the Pats QB is closer than ever to capturing his third MVP award.

Like what you read? Read more by me here, and follow me on Twitter @AidanStenson!