Top 10 MVP Favorites to Begin the 2014 NFL Season

Top 10 MVP Favorites to Begin the 2014 NFL Season

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The honor of being named the NFL MVP is a prestigious one, but it is one that is pretty much restricted to either quarterback, or running back. Since it became an award in 1957, a QB has won 37 times, and a running back has won 18 times. A defensive tackle, linebacker and even a placekicker have won exactly once. That being said, these are my top 10 favorites to begin the 2014 NFL season! Please let me know if you love it, or hate it!

10. Calvin Johnson

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10. Calvin Johnson

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If any wide receiver in the NFL today can become the first to ever win MVP, it is Megatron! Not only does Johnson demand double, and sometimes even triple coverage, he demands your respect, Associated Press! Johnson should enjoy this season with the aid of WR Golden Tate. If Detroit can get into the playoffs, QB Matthew Stafford will get some love, but Johnson will probably be the biggest reason why.

9. Philip Rivers

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9. Philip rivers

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How does Las Vegas have the likes of RGIII, Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick as favorites over Rivers? No, seriously, can someone explain that to me. RGIII and Kaepernick are hype-machines, and I’ve seen Cutler play, so I don't buy it. Rivers was dominant last season. As it turns out, he just needed more than .5 seconds to throw a pass. If he leads the Chargers over the Broncos in the AFC West, then he stands a real shot at the MVP award.

8. Adrian Peterson

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8. Adrian Peterson

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The Minnesota Vikings’ work horse did not have the monster numbers last year that he had in 2012, the year he won MVP honors, and he may never have them again. However, The Vikings passing game should be more effective, which should benefit the future Hall of Fame running back this season. He can still put up MVP type numbers.

7. Andrew Luck

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7. Andrew Luck

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Entering his third year, Luck should be able to step it up a notch or two, especially with an improved offense. Luck took over a team that had become terrible after losing Peyton Manning to injury, and made them an instant playoff team once again. Luck is a favorite of the media, so he would make for a popular MVP choice.

6. LeSean McCoy

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6. LeSean McCoy

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McCoy probably has the best shot at winning MVP at running back because of the skill he possesses, but also because of the offense he plays in. McCoy probably won’t touch the ball quite as much as last year, but he’ll still be able to do some serious damage with it. He deserves to be mentioned with all the QBs, and I think he will be somewhere within the top three when the season comes to an end.

5. Tom Brady

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5. Tom Brady

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Good ol' Tom said that he will retire when "he sucks." Well, most people outside of Massachusetts are probably more than ready for that time to come. Unfortunately for them, Brady is still playing at an MVP level. He has won MVP honors twice, but the last time he won it was 2010, so he’s due! Brady and his wide receivers should have a better connection this year, and Rob Gronkowsi will be a monster for Brady if he can stay on the field.

4. Russell Wilson

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4. Russell Wilson

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Remember when Wilson wasn't mentioned among the other young QBs from the same draft: Andrew Luck, RGIII, Ryan Tannehill and even Brandon Weeden. Oh, how far he has come since 2012; Wilson is now, I think, the best young QB in the game. But hey, I'm biased, maybe (I am). Seriously though, the offense appears to have taken a giant step forward, and that is almost all because of Wilson, who has raised his game to another level yet again.

3. Drew Brees

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3. Drew Brees

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If you go by betting odds, Brees sits in the top three, which is weird because if you watch football, than Brees is still in the top three! The future Hall of Fame QB will likely throw for over 5,000 yards, again, and somewhere around 40 TDs, again. We’ll see if he can lead the Saints to home field advantage over the Seahawks.

2. Aaron Rodgers

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2. Aaron Rodgers

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Rodgers, like Manning, Brees and Brady, will be in the running for MVP throughout his career. Why? Because it’s warranted. Rodgers is easily one of the best, if not the best QB in the game today. It also helps that Green Bay may have its best offense ever since Rodgers became the starter. Rodgers' numbers this year will either be crazy insane, or insane crazy.

1. Peyton Manning

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1. Peyton Manning

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Because he has won the award five times, which is the most ever. Manning has the MVP skill and leadership the Associated Press loves in a QB. Last year he led the NFL's best offense ever. This year, he’ll lead a Broncos’ offense that is capable of being just as good, if not better. He has to be the favorite to start the year.

Tyson Sweet is a Seattle Seahawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @The12thDude, like him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google!


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