This week our sponsor Gillette asked: Who has been this year's MVP?
It's very clear the NFL has changed over the past few years. Passing records continually fall each year and the NFL MVP winner the last five years have all been QBs. I'm sure many people reading this post will be flexing their internet and Twitter muscles to berate such an argument, but here goes anyway. Keep in the Christmas spirit haters...or not. Let me be clear, this case is dependent on the Redskins beating the Cowboys Week 17.
My definition of MVP is quite simple: If one were to take a single player off his team, how many wins would come off the board?
OK, I've put on my burgundy and gold colored glasses....now it's time to debunking the favorites:
|Peyton Manning||The Broncos have the #3 ranked defense in the NFL and they went to the playoffs last year with Tim Tebow as their Quarterback. As amazing as Peyton Manning has been, can the Broncos still be a playoff team without him? Yes.|
OK, this is a tough one. Peterson is close to breaking Eric Dickerson's rushing record after destroing his knee last year. He's averaging 6+ yards a carry and averages the same number of yards per carry after first contact as Arian Foster does normally (4.0). Christian Ponder is not much help.
However, the Vikings defense is keeping them in games with an 11th best points against.
|Tom Brady||Do we really want an Uggs model winning this award? Brady is extremely efficient but the Pats won 10+ games with Matt Cassell.|
|Russell Wilson||Top 5 defense and his stats are not good as RGIII's.|
|Andrew Luck||His stats are not good as RGIII's.|
All of these guys are deserving, but we've come so brain-washed by every major media outlet, including former players, saying "it's no contest!! Manning or Brady should be that guy." I would love to sit them down and take a look at what the Redskins were last year and where they are now. With Rex Grossman, the Redskins are a 4-win team this year. I know RGIII will never win it this year, so congratulations Peyton Manning, the ESPN First Take crew will be so proud.
The National Football League Most Valuable Player Award (NFL MVP) is an award given by various entities to the American football player who is considered most valuable in the National Football League. Today, when the award is referred to without mentioning the awarding entity, that of the Associated Press is generally meant.