Why Derrick Henry Deserves To Be MVP

NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 28: Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans on the sidelines during a NFL Preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Bears defeated the Titans 27-24. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Derrick Henry is once again on pace for another 2,000 yard season. He finds himself in the MVP conversation, but he’s currently tenth on the list with +2000 odds. He’s the only player who’s not a quarterback who is in the top ten. With Derrick Henry on his way to his second 2,000 yard season in a row, no player is more deserving of being the MVP. Let’s take a look at why Henry deserves it.

The Durability

It’s a sad fact of the NFL; the best running backs get injured. Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Saquon Barkley, and Nick Chubb have all battled injuries this season. McCaffrey and Barkley both missed significant time in 2020. It’s no surprise, as running back is one of the most physical positions in football. That makes what Derrick Henry is doing even more astonishing. Over the course of his NFL career, Henry has missed two games. Henry is on track to be the rushing leader for the third season in a row. In today’s NFL, that kind of durability at running back is unheard of. If Henry can finish the season healthy, he deserves to be a top contender for the MVP award.

The Stats

Derrick Henry is on pace for his second 2,000 yard season. He’s on pace for 459 carries and 2,219 yards. If Henry keeps up that pace, he’ll break the single season record for both carries and yards. The single season rushing yard record has stood since 1984, when Eric Dickerson set it. Adrian Peterson was 8 yards away from breaking it in 2012, when he won the MVP. 2012 was also the last time a running back won the MVP. Henry has showed no signs of slowing done in past seasons. If anything, Henry has shown that he gets better as the season goes on. With that being the case, Henry will more than likely shatter these records. What other MVP contender is shattering multiple records that have stood the test of time?

Comparing Him to Other MVP Contenders

It’s no surprise that the other top contenders for the MVP are quarterbacks, as quarterback is the most valuable position in the NFL. Ultimately, you could make a case for all of these quarterbacks to be the MVP. When you compare the quarterbacks to each other, they all have great stats and they’re all having great seasons. But when you compare Derrick Henry to other running backs, no other running back is coming close to his stats. Henry leads the league in rushing yards currently, with 783 yards. The closest to him, is Nick Chubb with 523 yards. In 2020 Derrick Henry had almost 500 more yards than Dalvin Cook, who was second in total rushing yards for the season. Henry is doing something that no other running back in the league can do. For that, he deserves to be the league MVP.

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