With the 2022 NFL season past the midway point of the regular season, the discussion begins on which teams are the best, which are most likely to get the number one pick in the draft, who is on the hot seat for coaches, who can win MVP, and more. With NFL odds for futures like MVP, offensive player of the year, and rookie of the year constantly changing week by week, one of the bigger debates is who is the best NFL player.
As this is quite subjective to different statistics and analytics for the NFL, there are players who are consistently mentioned amongst the best players, and the only arguable factors are where they are placed on the list. Below is a list of the best offensive players in the NFL who are consistently mentioned in the conversation.
Many would be shocked to see a Cleveland Browns player on this list, but Nick Chubb is having quite the year so far and has been one of the greatest running backs in the NFL over the past few seasons. Through week 9, when Chubb rushes for 20 or more attempts, the Browns are 3-0, and when he rushes for less than 20 attempts, the Browns are 0-5. Also, through week 9, Chubb is ranked second in total rushing yards and rushing yards per game, with 105.1 per game. He is the leader in rushing touchdowns with a total of 10 and has not fumbled through the first nine weeks.
Heading into the 2022 season, Josh Allen had the best Vegas NFL odds to win the NFL MVP and has since put up quite the season to back up the hype. Despite eight interceptions and seven fumbles through the first nine weeks this season, Allen has still had an impressive season with the fourth most passing yards, second in passing yards per game, and second most passing touchdowns with 19 and two behind the leader. Along with being dangerous in the passing game, Josh Allen is also strong at running the ball, with 49.0 rushing yards per game which are third best amongst QBs.
After getting traded away from the Chiefs, no one was sure how life would be for Tyreek Hill without Mahomes, but so far this season, he has proven that he is more than just the quarterback that throws to him. Through the first nine weeks, Hill has 1,104 receiving yards which is the most through a player’s first nine games in a season in the Super Bowl era. That number surpassed Calvin Johnson’s 1,083, which was the previous record. Despite just three touchdowns this year, Hill has been quite impressive, with an average of 122.7 receiving yards per game which is 14 more than the next receiver.
Helping his team go 8-0 heading into week 10, the Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has had an impressive season so far and has earned his spot in the MVP conversation. Despite being 10th in total passing yards and 11th in total passing touchdowns, Hurts has been impressive all around with the second-best QB rating of 107.8 and has five straight 100+ ratings as of Week 10. Like Josh Allen, Hurts is impressive on the ground with 326 yards rushing and an average of 40 per game. With more passing touchdowns, Hurts can continue to find himself in the MVP talks with NFL lines constantly changing.
Considered one of the top, if not the top, players ever since he became the starting QB for the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes has continued to show he is deserving of the top player title as he is the top QB so far this year. He leads the NFL with passing yards and touchdowns and has the fourth-best QB rating. Following back-to-back 400-yard games in Weeks 7 and 9 (bye week in Week 8), he has proven he didn’t need Tyreek Hill to continue dominating the league. Outside of statistics, he is one of the most fun players to watch, as he always finds a way to score, no matter the circumstances.