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Top 5 NFL MVP Candidates for the 2012 Season

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Introduction

Top 5 NFL MVP Candidates for the 2012 Season

One of the biggest debates each and every season in the NFL is who should win the NFL MVP award. 2011 was an anomaly with Aaron Rodgers running away with the award pretty much the entire season. The numbers he and the Green Bay Packers put up were incredible.

Is he the MVP to begin this season? Let's find out.

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Patrick Willis - San Francisco 49ers

Patrick Willis
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Patrick Willis is one of the most dominant defensive players we have in the game today, and for him to stand out like he does on a defense as talented as his is astonishing. The San Francisco 49ers have one of the best defenses over the last decade, and it is very rare that a defensive player wins the MVP award, but the 49ers should have another dominant regular season, meaning someone from their team has to be considered. Willis is the best choice.

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Arian Foster - Houston Texans

Arian Foster
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Arian Foster is the candidate from the Houston Texans I felt compelled to place here because his team should have a great regular season, and Foster is the most consistent offensive weapon the Texans have. If he stays healthy, Foster will lead the league or be at the top in rushing yards. Typically a quarterback wins this award, but I could see it going to Foster if the Texans win 12-13 games.

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Eli Manning - New York Giants

Eli Manning
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Eli Manning was a dark horse MVP candidate last year in my eyes, but because so many quarterbacks were putting up gaudy numbers he was never really considered. This is ridiculous considering how Eli basically dragged this team to the playoffs with his arm and late game heroics. He had six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter, which accounted for two-thirds of their wins in the regular season.

Without Eli, the Giants would have gotten nowhere. You can say that about a lot of teams, but Eli is the most clutch quarterback we have in the game today. Not every quarterback could have been able to pull off all six of those drives. In fact, there are very few of them I would think could pull it off. It’s also astonishing that they made the playoffs with the league’s 32nd ranked rushing attack and 27th ranked defense. He already showed why he is so valuable in his Week 2 fourth quarter comeback that saw the Giants erase a 14 point second half deficit.

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Tom Brady - New England Patriots

Tom Brady
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Tom Brady is a candidate to win MVP ever year partly because his teams are always so good in the regular season, but also because he puts up incredible numbers year after year. It’s almost like we are used to it by now, but that shouldn’t take away from what he accomplishes year in and year out. I would be a fool to exclude Brady from this list. He has gotten off to a slow start to begin the year, but should come around and be the elite quarterback we’ve all come to know.

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Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers
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Hard to create a top MVP list without placing the previous year’s MVP. Aaron Rodgers had one of the most dominant seasons as a quarterback we’ve ever seen. He set the record for the best quarterback rating in a single season and threw 46 touchdowns to just six interceptions while leading the Green Bay Packers to a 15-1 record. The Packers are expected to be a top contender in the NFC yet again, and Rodgers should be the favorite to win his second MVP trophy, for now.

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