10 Most Likely Winners of the 2013 NFL MVP – Training Camp Edition
10 Most Likely Winners of the 2013 NFL MVP Award
With training camp underway across the NFL, it's time to start looking towards the season and making some predictions on the action that will unfold. While predicting playoff teams and a Super Bowl winner prove to be extremely difficult tasks, it's a little easier to forecast for individual awards.
With team sports, you never know what you're going to get. A team could be a big favorite heading into the season, and then just completely fall on its face. There are so many working parts to an NFL team, that it only takes one to derail it. Still, most fans can see that the top teams from a year ago, should be back again the following year, barring a big player departure or some other unforeseen event .
But when it comes to awards like the NFL MVP, it's a little bit safer to pick a horse in the race. With an elite quarterback, unless their arm falls off, you know they're going to be there each and every Sunday torching defenses. Some of these guys are so good, that's it's just a matter of limiting the damage. It's a foregone conclusion they're going to play well - it's just how well.
It's astounding the difference an MVP-caliber player makes on a team. When it's crunch time and the two sides keep going back and forth, these are the guys that step up and make plays. MVP candidates are good enough to rise above everybody else and get their teams to victory.
Brees is an MVP candidate each and every year, because he's just that good of a quarterback. It's always possible he could flirt with 5,000 yards and there are very few players that mean more to their teams than Brees does to the Saints.
Foster had a bit of a down year in the receiving game in 2012, but if he can get back to the 500-600 yard range while rushing for another 1,300-1,500 yards, I don't see how you couldn't put him in the MVP discussion.
Even though Kaepernick has a long way to go to be the best player in the NFL, he's still going to torture opposing defenses in the meantime. We saw what he did to playoff teams as a rookie, so there's no reason to think he won't continue to torch teams while putting up video game numbers in 2013.
Robert Griffin III
If RG3 plays the way he did a season ago, he'll now get MVP consideration. Rookies don't get a lot of love for MVP, but you could have easily made a case that RG3 was worthy of the award last year, by its true definition. If he's healthy and ready to go in 2013, he'll definitely be in the discussion.
Ryan is the signal caller on one of the league's best offenses. He's got weapons all over the field to spread the ball to and there's no reason to think Matty Ice won't have a career-season. If he can lead the Falcons back to the NFC's top seed, he should easily be an MVP candidate.
A defensive player hasn't won MVP since Lawrence Taylor did it back in 1986, but Watt is a good bet to be the next guy to do it. After cruising to Defensive Player of the Year honors in his second season, Watt will really start to establish his legacy in 2013.
If you don't think Aaron Rodgers is an MVP candidate each and every season, then you don't watch enough NFL. Rodgers will be right in the middle of the discussion in 2013, just as he is every season. With a lot of new pieces around him in Green Bay, we'll get a good idea of how great he really is this year.
Brady is simply one of the best players in the league and he will always be in the MVP discussion for the rest of his career. Things might not go as smoothly early on this year with all the new pass-catchers on New England's roster, but by the end of the year Brady's numbers will be right where they always are.
Peterson is on a mission to break the single-season rushing record and says he wants to do it by hitting the 2,500-yard mark. That's his personal goal and most certainly a reflection of the competitor that he is. AP is good candidate to be the first repeat winner of the award since this next guy in 08-09.
Peyton Manning is most likely player to win the 2013 NFL MVP award. This would be his fifth MVP (another new record). Manning has a tremendous supporting cast around him and a full year under his belt in Denver. He came this close to taking home the award a season ago, but I believe the top two finishers will be reversed in 2013.
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