Power Ranking the Top 10 NFL MVP Candidates Heading into Week 15
Power Ranking Top 10 NFL MVP Candidates
Before this season is over, the record books could find themselves being rewritten by several players in the NFL. After coming off of a week where the league saw a new record for points and touchdowns scored for a given week, the NFL has become an offensive track meet.
While the game has evolved into a high-scoring showcase of talent, defenses have not exactly helped themselves to try and slow down these offenses. The art of tackling could use some improvement with all of the poor attempts displayed during games. An argument can also be made that penalties and calls also favor offensive players and leave defenders vulnerable.
Currently, Peyton Manning could be in a similar situation to that of Jameis Winston in College Football as both players appear to be the heavy favorite to take home their sport's top award. Looking closely at Manning, if he were to take home the award it would be an unprecedented fifth league MVP for him. That mark would add onto his total for most MVPs in league history.
In addition, it would be Manning's third award in six seasons. However, one of those seasons Manning missed the entire year with his neck injury, so it really would be three awards in five personal seasons. In football, only Brett Favre could rival that having won the award three straight years. Crossing sports, LeBron James has won four of the last five NBA MVPs and is trying for a third straight this season. Maintaining this high level of excellence is simply remarkable for Manning.
As great as Manning has been, he is not the only one. The league has seen performances from other players leap off of the stat sheet as well. The following players are well deserving of league MVP status.
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10. Alshon Jeffery
The last few weeks have been a highlight reel for Alshon Jeffery. He has worked his way into the top-five in receiving yards and has arguably two of the best catches of the season in his last two games. In his second year, he is quickly entering elite status.
9. Andy Dalton
Under the radar, Andy Dalton is having a great third year in the league. He has found his way into the top-10 in both passing and touchdowns. With a few weeks left, he could also lead his team to a division title and potential first round bye.
8. LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy currently leads the league in rushing yards and just set a franchise record for rushing yards in a game. McCoy is benefiting well from the new system. There's nothing shady about it; McCoy deserves to be in the power rankings this week.
7. Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson is having another great season. If it were not for Josh Gordon, he would be leading the league in receiving yet again. He does, however, lead all wide receivers in touchdowns and is a one-man wrecking crew to defenses.
6. Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles is one of four players with double digit rushing touchdowns currently. He is also third is rushing yards and continues to carry the team on his back toward the playoffs.
5. Nick Foles
It took a blizzard to cause Nick Foles to throw his first interception of the season last week. He has been on fire since taking over at quarterback for Mike Vick. His play the last month of the season is well deserving of MVP talks.
4. Josh Gordon
Nearly inexplicably, Josh Gordon continues to put up video-game like numbers. Each week Gordon continues to reach new heights for a team that has had a revolving door at the quarterback spot. Leading the league in receiving yards, you have to wonder what could have been if he was traded earlier in the year.
3. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson is developing quite a resume in his second season. He is in the top-10 in passing yards and becoming a field general in Seattle. At home, he continues to just win and could find himself quarterbacking for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
2. Drew Brees
Drew Brees is the NFC version of Peyton Manning. After the roller-coaster year last year, Brees is back at it again with Sean Payton to form the super-duo in the Superdome. Brees is second in the league in yards and touchdown passes, both behind Manning. But looking at the glass half full, he does lead the NFC in both categories.
1. Peyton Manning
If this was a game being played out on the field, Peyton Manning would likely have a two touchdown lead on the field for MVP honors. He is having another terrific year leading the league in passing and is on the verge of breaking the record for most touchdown passes in a season.