Jameis Winston is coming off a pretty bad game against the Carolina Panthers, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is still by far the most valuable player on the team—and arguably the best player, too.
We documented Winston’s breakout season last week, and nothing’s really changed after one bad game—especially given the fact that that poor performance seemed at least partially injury-induced. Winston’s turning into a top ten quarterback, and top ten quarterbacks win team MVP awards because top ten quarterbacks are simply that important to a team’s success.
No other player is really worth this award, either. The defense has been terrible and that alone would make naming a defender the MVP obscene. The defense has been pretty good, but with few real standouts. Cameron Brate might be a candidate, while Mike Evans has been his usual productive self too, but neither player’s performance has been truly overwhelming.
The Bucs have won just two games this season, though, so being MVP isn’t as significant as it may otherwise be. Hopefully Winston’s improvement will lead to actual wins sooner rather than later.