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Top 5 NFL MVP Candidates After 11 Weeks

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NFL MVP Candidates Heading Into Week 12

NFL MVP Candidates Heading Into Week 12
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Week 11 of NFL action featured several heavyweight bouts that taught us a lot about which teams are for real and which ones…aren’t. In the process, we got an even better look at the MVP race because again, several players proved they should be on the list and several…didn’t.

The Monday Night Football gem that saw a controversial ending was a perfect example: Tom Brady had a point that pass interference should have been called on the last play of the game, but his pass would have been intercepted regardless, so he proved that he’s not an MVP candidate. On the flip side, Cam Newton led the Carolina Panthers to their sixth straight win and inched closer to being considered an MVP candidate. But really and truly, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has just as much of a claim to that as Newton, which is sacrilegious these days considering he’s a defensive player.

Put simply, Week 11 taught us more about the NFL than any other this season from both a team and individual standpoint. So it makes our list more solid than ever while also creating more controversy regarding the players who were left off. Here are the top five candidates for the individual honor heading into Week 12:

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5. LeSean McCoy

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LeSean McCoy is quietly leading the NFL in rushing yards and it’s starting to pay off as the Eagles have won three straight and suddenly lead the NFC East. Philly has ridden McCoy heavily this season and he hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves until now.

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4. Jamaal Charles

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Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs may have lost their first game of the season on Sunday night, but it was more apparent than ever that Kansas City is being carried by the speedy back. The term valuable is a perfect one to describe Charles.

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3. Calvin Johnson

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Calvin Johnson continued to dominate his opposition in Week 11 with another MVP-caliber performance against the Steelers. As long as this guy keeps putting up ridiculous stat lines, he’ll remain on this list.

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2. Drew Brees

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Drew Brees had one of his finest games in a comeback win over the 49ers which solidified his spot on this list for another week. He has the best shot at dethroning the man at the top.

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1. Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning did his thing yet again in primetime against the league’s best defense on a bum ankle to knock off the previously-undefeated Chiefs. If there was any doubt left about No. 18 as a lock for MVP this year, it was erased under the Denver lights.