NFL MVP

The Race for NFL MVP

HEY YOU GUYS! Welcome back to my favourite place on the internet not ending in Tube; my sports blog. As you guys know I love the NFL. I love reading about it, I love watching it (especially now that I have bought a used flat screen TV over at http://www.canada.for-sale.com/flat-screen-tv) I love playing video games about it and I especially love writing about it. With the halfway point of the season now upon us, I thought it would be a good time to look at who the frontrunners are at this point and who can make a case for themselves before the season ends. I am going to assume the Tony Romo returns this week marking the end of Dak Prescotts run at MVP and Rookie of the Year, which will leave the later award for Dak’s teammate Ezekial Elliot. For those reasons I will not be considering Dak or Ezekial for the MVP as I think Dak will not play much for the rest of the season and if Ezekial wins Rookie of the Year they will not also award him MVP.

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Front Runners - Tom Brady and Matt Ryan

Full disclosure, I have zero faith in Matt Ryan to win the MVP award this year, or anything else really. Matty Ice and the Falcons always implode at some point and this season will not be an exception. He has been playing lights out and the falcons are doing better than they have in almost 6 years, but I have seen this before and something will happen. Brady on the other hand is the opposite. He sort of imploded early this season by being suspended but after coming back he has been playing like a mad man, having a Michael Jordan-esque resurgence. Brady has almost tripled his average rushing yards a game since last year up to an astonishing 11 yards a game, showing his willingness to scramble more than previous years and just how much better his footwork is then in previous year. These two are the obvious choices down the road according to the NFL but there are always surprise candidates.

 

 

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Middle of the Pack- Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Derek Carr, Phillip Rivers

This is starting to be a fairly big race, although the leads are also big. We all know about Stafford and Tate with their ability to rip the hearts out of opposing defenses at the end of a game, but he knows his football and that is more of a reason for him to be here. Luck has only had a couple good games, but is looking better each week and should be able to make a good run for the second half of the season. If the Raiders weren’t the Raiders and also contemplating a move to Las Vegas then Derek Carr would be in the first group no question. Carr is showing that he was the right choice, and has been leading his un-star studded cast to some big wins this season. Phillip Rivers is doing the same thing Phillip Rivers does every season, play football all by himself. Half of the Chargers receiving core is on the injured reserve list already as well as most of the starting offensive line. Rivers is still somehow managing to put together a statistically great season, one that Antonio Gates will hopefully be proud to retire on.

Coming up last- Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger

This season has been very strange for all of these quarterbacks. Cam Newton was the obvious favourite to win MVP this year after his win last year and having the Super Bowl ripped from his hands most assumed he would come back to win it all, but that has not been the case whatsoever. Wilson is having a very uncharacteristic year for the young quarterback. His low fantasy numbers make it seem worse than it is, but at no point this season has Wilson played at an MVP level. The player who most people would assume to be a frontrunner for the MVP every year; Aaron Rodgers is still doing worse. Rodgers deep ball placement just has not been there this season compared to it being a staple of his play. It still makes an appearance, like Randall Cobb’s winning catch in week nine but overall Rodgers doesn’t look like Rodgers. The biggest surprise to me is Ben Roethlisberger being down here. Big Ben would have easily won MVP last year had he not missed a couple games which makes me wonder why Brady is a front runner but whatever. Out of 7 starts, we have had 3 no show performance out of Ben which is not normal. One was last week after coming back from a sports injury ( a topic I covered earlier) and it seems every time Ben is hurt, the first game back is bad but if he wants to improve his chance for MVP we need the Big Ben from this time last year to show up. Time to eat some spinach!

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HEY YOU GUYS! Welcome back to my favourite place on the internet not ending in Tube; my sports blog. As you guys know I love the NFL. I love reading about it, I love watching it (especially now that I have bought a used flat screen TV over at http://www.canada.for-sale.com/flat-screen-tv) I love playing video games about it and I especially love writing about it. With the halfway point of the season now upon us, I thought it would be a good time to look at who the frontrunners are at this point and who can make a case for themselves before the season ends. I am going to assume the Tony Romo returns this week marking the end of Dak Prescotts run at MVP and Rookie of the Year, which will leave the later award for Dak’s teammate Ezekial Elliot. For those reasons I will not be considering Dak or Ezekial for the MVP as I think Dak will not play much for the rest of the season and if Ezekial wins Rookie of the Year they will not also award him MVP.

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Dak and Zeke

 

Front Runners-Tom Brady and Matt Ryan

Full disclosure, I have zero faith in Matt Ryan to win the MVP award this year, or anything else really. Matty Ice and the Falcons always implode at some point and this season will not be an exception. He has been playing lights out and the falcons are doing better than they have in almost 6 years, but I have seen this before and something will happen. Brady on the other hand is the opposite. He sort of imploded early this season by being suspended but after coming back he has been playing like a mad man, having a Michael Jordan-esque resurgence. Brady has almost tripled his average rushing yards a game since last year up to an astonishing 11 yards a game, showing his willingness to scramble more than previous years and just how much better his footwork is then in previous year. These two are the obvious choices down the road according to the NFL but there are always surprise candidates.

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Matty Ice

Middle of the Pack- Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Derek Carr, Phillip Rivers

This is starting to be a fairly big race, although the leads are also big. We all know about Stafford and Tate with their ability to rip the hearts out of opposing defenses at the end of a game, but he knows his football and that is more of a reason for him to be here. Luck has only had a couple good games, but is looking better each week and should be able to make a good run for the second half of the season. If the Raiders weren’t the Raiders and also contemplating a move to Las Vegas then Derek Carr would be in the first group no question. Carr is showing that he was the right choice, and has been leading his un-star studded cast to some big wins this season. Phillip Rivers is doing the same thing Phillip Rivers does every season, play football all by himself. Half of the Chargers receiving core is on the injured reserve list already as well as most of the starting offensive line. Rivers is still somehow managing to put together a statistically great season, one that Antonio Gates will hopefully be proud to retire on.

Coming up last- Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger

This season has been very strange for all of these quarterbacks. Cam Newton was the obvious favourite to win MVP this year after his win last year and having the Super Bowl ripped from his hands most assumed he would come back to win it all, but that has not been the case whatsoever. Wilson is having a very uncharacteristic year for the young quarterback. His low fantasy numbers make it seem worse than it is, but at no point this season has Wilson played at an MVP level. The player who most people would assume to be a frontrunner for the MVP every year; Aaron Rodgers is still doing worse. Rodgers deep ball placement just has not been there this season compared to it being a staple of his play. It still makes an appearance, like Randall Cobb’s winning catch in week nine but overall Rodgers doesn’t look like Rodgers. The biggest surprise to me is Ben Roethlisberger being down here. Big Ben would have easily won MVP last year had he not missed a couple games which makes me wonder why Brady is a front runner but whatever. Out of 7 starts, we have had 3 no show performance out of Ben which is not normal. One was last week after coming back from a sports injury ( a topic I covered earlier) and it seems every time Ben is hurt, the first game back is bad but if he wants to improve his chance for MVP we need the Big Ben from this time last year to show up. Time to eat some spinach!

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