If it were up to Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, the MVP candidates at this point would be Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes.
When asked about the strides Watson is making on tape, Marrone was blunt:
“Probably competes for the MVP. I can’t say anything more than that. Last week we saw the 2018 MVP in Patrick Mahomes who played like an MVP. We are going in and playing against another quarterback who has the same amount of skill, the same amount of ability, and I think it’ll be between those two guys who’s going to be the MVP. I’m sure someone else will start playing well down the road but right now those guys just took it Week 1, but those two guys are playing really well.”
It’s true. Brees looked impressive on Monday night as well, but he has the benefit of a stronger offensive line and a competent run game. Without Watson, the Texans would be a mess. Instead, they went toe to toe with a Super Bowl contender.