NFL MVP Candidates After 5 Weeks

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NFL MVP Candidates Heading Into Week 6

NFL MVP Candidates Heading Into Week 6
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Five weeks of NFL action have been completed and the superstars are starting to shine brighter as more undefeated teams fell while a few strong teams that were on the verge of contention removed all doubt about their validity. For example, the Indianapolis Colts made a pretty strong statement with a win over the previously-undefeated Seattle Seahawks and the new franchise player for Indy made a statement for some individual hardware in the process.

We even have a player on this list at a position that has never won the MVP award and he's the second of two players on the same team! If that doesn't illustrate how wild and wide open the 2013 NFL season is, nothing will.

So which players are the new favorites to win the MVP award this year? We have three new names on the list, and they're not all quarterbacks. Here are the top five NFL MVP candidates heading into Week 6.

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5. Marshawn Lynch

5. Marshawn Lynch
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Marshawn Lynch's Seahawks didn't win in Week 5, but he put up another terrific stat line and did everything his team asked of him and then some, which has been the case all season. He and Seattle will be frontrunners for hardware all season long.

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4. Jimmy Graham

4. Jimmy Graham
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Jimmy Graham actually leads the NFL in receiving yards and is tied for second in receiving touchdowns as a tight end. He's more than a security blanket for Drew Brees and it's time he got the credit he deserves.

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3. Andrew Luck

3. Andrew Luck
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Andrew Luck doesn't lead the league in any category, but he's making plays when the Colts need it the most, and that resulted in a statement win over the previously-undefeated Seahawks in Week 5.

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2. Drew Brees

2. Drew Brees
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Drew Brees is doing his thing in the Big Easy and his Saints are undefeated. As long as they keep winning and he keeps piling up stats, his name will remain on this list.

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1. Peyton Manning

1. Peyton Manning
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Peyton Manning is still so far ahead in this race it's not even fair. He's still on pace for 6,000 yards and 64 touchdowns and that doesn't even include his rushing touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 6. It's safe to say he'll win a record fifth MVP award later this year.

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