NFL MVP tracker: Where Chargers' Justin Herbert stands after Week 1

Jason Reed
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The 2022 NFL season is officially underway and the LA Chargers started the season in a perfect way by getting revenge over the Las Vegas Raiders. It was not perfect but the Chargers stepped up to defeat a divisional opponent and get some momentum heading into Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs.

While the defense ultimately won the game for the Chargers, Justin Herbert was not too shabby, either. Herbert had a great game that included some awe-inspiring throws with three touchdowns. If the team did not get conservative in the second half then he could have eclipsed 300 yards passing.

Herbert came into the season as one of the most talked-about MVP candidates in the league and his Week 1 performance only proved that he belongs in that conversation. While there is still a lot of football left to play, Herbert is undoubtedly on a small list of names in the running for the award.

But where does Justin Herbert rank in our MVP tracker through Week 1?

There were some great quarterback performances in Week 1 but Herbert still easily fits into the top-three favorites in our MVP tracker. Before diving into that top three in order, there are some quarterbacks who deserve an honorable mention.

Honorable mentions: Kirk Cousins, Lamar Jackson, Tom Brady

All three quarterbacks won their games in Week 1 and are on good enough teams where they could be successful enough to be in the running. Kirk Cousins was definitely the best of this trio as the Vikings had the biggest win and Cousins put up the best numbers.

Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady did not have exceptional games by any stretch but both guys are on teams who should win their division and they have the pedigree to be included in these honorable mentions as former MVP winners themselves.

Let's dive into the MVP favorite after Week 1.