By Michael Bennett
Okay, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz wrecked his knee against the Rams on Dec. 10 and is out for the season.
But he has still made a pretty good case for NFL MVP:
Regular-season passing: 265-for-440 (60.2 percent); 3,296 yards; 33 TDs; 7 INTs; 74.4 Total QBR
Even after missing last week’s game with his season-ending knee injury, Wentz leads the NFL with 33 touchdown passes against just seven interceptions. He ranks second in Total QBR this season behind only Deshaun Watson — what might have been, right? — and is obviously a massive part of the reason the Eagles have the best record in the NFL.
It’s that season-ending injury. Last year Tom Brady missed the first four games of the season because of suspension. It’s hard to give an MVP award to a guy who plays only 75 percent of the season when you have good candidates who have played 100 percent.
Through no fault of his own, Wentz will end up having played just 81.25 percent of the season. Brady, Todd Gurley et al will presumably have played 100 percent of the season. It matters.