Through four weeks of the NFL season, has anyone been more valuable to their team than Khalil Mack has been to the Chicago Bears?
The Chicago Bears head into their bye week with a record of 3-1 with positive vibes surrounding the entire unit. For the fourth straight week, Khalil Mack set the tone with a sack, four tackles, and a forced fumble. He was everywhere.
While he almost has to be the clear leader in the clubhouse for Defensive Player of the Year heading at the quarter point of the NFL season, it brings a question as to whether or not Khalil Mack has genuinely been the most valuable player in the NFL.
Let’s face it; even if you were buying into the Bears before the Khalil Mack trade, you did not think that they would be winning in the ways that they are. Mack feels like the missing piece that took this defense from pretty good to elite. Against Seattle and Arizona, the defense should take credit for winning the games. That is lead by the effort of Khalil Mack.
The fact of the matter is that the odds are stacked against him. The last five MVP awards have gone to quarterbacks, and 10 of the last 11 MVPs have been crowned to that position.
When looking at potential candidates at this point, Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, and Drew Brees all present exceptional cases to win the MVP. Still, think of those teams. The Rams, Saints, and Chiefs. All three made the playoffs last season. The Chicago Bears were picking in the top ten.
Yes, the roster change would have come with some success. Still, if the Chicago Bears continue this run and become a playoff team, there should have to talk about whether or not Khalil Mack should be considered an NFL MVP candidate.