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NFL MVP Candidates After 6 Weeks

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NFL MVP Candidates Heading Into Week 7

NFL MVP Candidates Heading Into Week 7

Six weeks of NFL play are in the books and nothing has changed as far as the top players in the league, at least in the last few weekends. We still have some common names (all quarterbacks) on the list and one player at an unusual position who is really no longer a surprise as he's been on the list multiple times this year.

Of course, the NFL MVP award is quickly become the quarterback (or in some cases, running back; see Peterson, Adrian) on the best team, so as long as these undefeated and one-loss teams keep winning, their signal-callers will remain in the discussion for the league's most prestigious individual award. And no, we're not including Alex Smith on this list. Don't worry -- we're not that crazy.

So let's take a look at the cream of the crop, shall we? Here are the top five NFL MVP candidates after six weeks of play.

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5. Jimmy Graham


Mad scientist Bill Belichick may have held Jimmy G. statless in Sunday's game, but Graham has been nothing but sensational in every other contest this season. Expect this young kid to be filling up the stat sheet each and every game for the rest of the year.

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4. Tom Brady


The king of clutch hasn't been putting up the same type of numbers he has in more recent years, but with an absolutely depleted receiving staff, the Pats' 5-1 record speaks plenty about Brady's value to this team.

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3. Drew Brees


While he may have been outdueled by our No. 4 MVP pick on Sunday, Brees has been masterful this season, leading the Saints to a 5-1 record while throwing for almost 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns through only six games! It appears that Brees' civil union with Sean Payton has finally recaptured that newlywed glow!

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2. Philip Rivers

2. Philip Rivers

Phil's back! After two disappointing seasons, Rivers is finally putting up big numbers again and leading the Chargers to wins in the process. The man has three 400-yard games this year to go along with 14 touchdowns while throwing to a bunch of no-name guys with the exception of old-timer Antonio Gates.

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1. Peyton Manning


Finally, the man who was replaced by Andrew Luck has been getting a lot of revenge in the record books this year by having the best season in recent memory. If Peyton gets any better this year, he may find himself as a Presidential candidate, let alone a candidate for NFL MVP.