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Top 5 NFL MVP Candidates After 9 Weeks

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NFL's Top MVP Candidates Heading Into Week 10

NFL's Top MVP Candidates Heading Into Week 10
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Week 9 of the 2013 NFL season opened a lot of eyes when it comes to the MVP race and the best part is: It’s no longer dominated by quarterbacks! That’s right; we’ve got players from four different positions on the list heading into Week 10, so that makes our top five candidates the best batch of the season.

How about a running back for a change? I mean, Adrian Peterson won the award last year and actually looked like the MVP again in a dominant Week 9 performance. He’ll have to put together a few more of those this year (against better teams than the Dallas Cowboys) to be considered a candidate again this year, especially since he’s playing on a team as bad as the Minnesota Vikings.

Of course, one of the non-quarterbacks on our list is very predictable, but he definitely belongs, especially since his nickname is from Transformers. But you might be surprised be the other non-quarterback, which is why this week’s list of NFL MVP candidates is the best one yet.

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5. Jamaal Charles

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Jamaal Charles is the main reason why the Chiefs are 9-0 for the second time in franchise history and the only undefeated team left in the NFL. The man is playing out of his mind and he’s truly the most valuable running back in the league at this point.

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4. Jimmy Graham

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Jimmy Graham is now the second-most dominant player in the NFL at an offensive skill position other than quarterback. He recorded his fourth multi-touchdown game in Week 9 and he’s proven to be the best tight end in football this season.

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3. Calvin Johnson

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Calvin Johnson is so dominant we can’t describe it. Hauling in 329 receiving yards in a single game doesn’t quite automatically win him the award, but if he does it again, he’ll be hard to beat out.

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2. Andrew Luck

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Andrew Luck now has 10 game-winning drives in his 25 career NFL games. The kid is simply incredible and he’s carrying a banged up Colts team that still looks like a contender.

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1. Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning may have had the week off, but he still leads the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns and he’s on pace to shatter both of those single-season records. Not to mention, his Broncos are 7-1 and ready to start a drive to the Super Bowl after their bye week. No. 18 is one primed to win his fifth MVP award later this year.