Geno Smith: MVP Dark Horse?

Geno Smith has taken the league by storm and has been mentioned in the conversation for Comeback Player of the Year, his main competition coming from his former team, the New York Giants Saquan Barkley. After not leading a game winning drive in 8 whole years, he finally ended that streak against the Rams. He is playing absolutely out of his mind, leading a
Seahawks team that was projected by many to be a team picking in the top 5.

While they still probably will, its not their pick. It’s actually the pick that they got from the Denver Broncos for giving Russell Wilson to the Broncos for a boatload of goods. This trade could go down as the greatest trade of all time for the Seahawks, and the worst of all time for the Broncos. But it
would feel a lot worse if Geno Smith wasn’t playing so well.

How much credit does Smith deserve for leading a really young Seahawks team to a possible wild card spot? I believe he should get a ton of credit. He has bounced back from adversity all season and he has been keeping the ball out of harms way for the most part with only 6 interceptions and posting a 72 percent completion rate. Comparing the stats with other MVP frontrunners, it feels like there’s no shot in the world he’s going to get this honor.

Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts are playing better statistically, and have led their teams to better records, so if the season ended today they would get it. But I would advise you to keep your eye on Geno Smith as we finish the regular season. Watch if he folds under the pressure to lead his
team to an unlikely Cinderella playoff appearance, or does he pull off the miraculous and guide them there behind multiple touchdown games and late game heroics.

While this is an unlikely scenario, while still possible, I do not believe that he will get this honor. Nothing against Geno, but he’s not up to the levels of Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts. But with a strong finish, could he steal a few votes away from the big names? That’s more than Russell Wilson can say without a single vote to his name. I love watching the Seahawks play with him, and if he gets a few 4 or 5 touchdown games, we could see him sneak into the lead, especially if the Seahawks close out the season on a win streak.

He is leading the NFC in Pro Bowl voting. The question everyone has been asking all year: when will he fall off? We will just have to see

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