2. Everyone Loves a Comeback
One unspoken part of the MVP race is the narratives that back up each player's case. In a usual year, Prescott is simply a great player looking to put together an eye-popping campaign. However, there's a bit of a comeback element that will be on Prescott's side in 2023.
The Cowboys' QB is coming off of a true stinker of a season. Outside of his five-game campaign in 2019, Prescott posted his fewest passing yards ever in 2022, and his 23 touchdown passes were also a major step back from the 37 he put up in 2021. Even worse, Prescott tied for the league lead with 15 interceptions while playing in just 12 games.
Though his play could've been even more dire -- just ask the Commanders -- this was Prescott's rock-bottom. There's almost nowhere to go but up! If Prescott can cut his INTs in half or more, and get back around the 35-TD mark, he'll have the media raving about his response to a poor 2022 showing.
Patrick Mahomes had to put up a league-leading campaign to win his second MVP last season. Prescott may not have to be right at that level to be in the conversation considering his specific context.