Los Angeles Rams: MVP talk beginning to heat up for Aaron Donald after Week 13

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After another impressive performance for the Los Angeles Rams, Aaron Donald is beginning to see his name heat up in the MVP conversation.

Even though it look longer than originally expected, the Los Angeles Rams locking Aaron Donald up for the long run before the official start of the 2018 season was one of the best decisions the team could have made.

Over the years, Donald has wasted little time establishing a reputation for himself as one of the league’s most dangerous defensive players. In fact, the argument can even be made that Donald is the player at his position, and the numbers will back it up.

Take a look at what Donald has been able to accomplish this season, as the former Pittsburgh star managed to record two more sacks during Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions, giving him a total of 16.5 on the season.

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Only time will tell when it comes to seeing whether Donald ends up setting the single-season record for sacks since he only has four remaining games to do so. But when seeing how the Rams have already locked up the division for a second year in a row along with being in great position to earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC, this is what really matters the most.

Watching Donald elevate his game to a whole new level in 2018 has been truly amazing to witness, and even though the chances of him taking home MVP honors when the time comes seems like a long shot, the talk is certainly beginning to heat up.

All season, Todd Gurley and Patrick Mahomes II have been viewed as the favorites to win the award when looking at the ridiculous numbers they’ve been putting up.

In fact, as much as Rams fans don’t want to hear it, there’s a good chance that Mahomes will end up winning since his crazy numbers from his first full year as the starter are what football fans usually see when playing a game of Madden.

Still, if Donald continues to pile up his sack total over these next couple of weeks, and gets close to setting that sack record, why shouldn’t he be part of the MVP conversation?

At the end of the day, one of the most important factors involving the award is the impact that individual makes on their beloved team, especially come playoff time.

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So if Donald continues to play at this dominant level while helping Los Angeles finish on top of the NFC playoff picture, it’s fair to say he belongs in the MVP conversation, and it will be interesting to see what kind of case he makes throughout the rest of December.