Manning will win NFL MVP, but here’s some good alternatives

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    Peyton Manning will win the NFL’s MVP this season. His 51 touchdowns alone will ensure that happens, and there’s a good chance that he’ll win the award unanimously.

    That would be only the second time in NFL history it has happened (the first being Tom Brady in 2010).

    However, despite Manning’s obviously dominance this season, there’s been some strong MVP-calibre performances from other players who deserve to be highlighted.

    Let’s take a look at some of the most deserving candidates.

    LeSean McCoy – RB – Philadelphia Eagles
    McCoy has arguably been the most important factor in the Eagles’ improbable rise in the NFC East.

    His 2012 total combined yards this season is good for best in the league, largely thanks his standout 217-yard rushing effort against the Detroit Lions in Week 15 (a team record) and 184-yard performance in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins.

    His burst and ridiculously quick cuts routinely breaks ankles, and his solid hands (536 yards on 51 catches this year) makes him dangerous on every down.

    McCoy has been one of the most consistently great running backs in the league over the past three years, but this year should see him labelled as its best.

    Josh Gordon – WR – Cleveland Browns
    Has any receiver ever done so much with so little?

    Despite missing the first two weeks of the NFL season with suspension, Gordon is the leading wide receiver with 80 catches for 1564 yards and nine touchdowns. He is also the first player in NFL history to have consecutive 200-yard receiving games.

    This season saw him average 19.6 yards per catch (best in the league), despite having the likes of Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer throwing him the ball.

    Given the fact that he was almost traded early in the season, Browns fans should consider themselves lucky that they managed to hang on to the most explosive receiver in the league.

    Nick Foles – quarterback – Philadelphia Eagles
    Nobody saw Foles coming.

    After all agreed that veteran quarterback Michael Vick would be a better fit in Chip Kelly’s offensive system, Foles took ahold of the Eagles’ quarterback role and never let go six games into the season.

    His 25 touchdowns and two interceptions is the best ratio in the league, along with his 118.8 quarterback rating.

    His standout effort, a 406-yard 7-touchdown performance against the Oakland Raiders, helped the Eagles post an 8-2 record while he was at the helm.

    By helping his new head coach take the worst team in the division and turn it into a playoff contender, Foles deserves recognition.

    Robert Quinn – DE – St. Louis Rams
    It’s close, but Quinn just edges out Robert Mathis and J.J. Watt as MVP candidates from the defensive side of the ball.

    Despite the Rams being a losing team, Quinn has turned that defence into a monster in the second half of the season, helping his team win four of their last six games and accounting for six of his 18 sacks during that period.

    Those games included wins over the Colts, Bears and Saints.

    It’s rare for a pass-rusher to have such an impact on a team’s fortunes, but Quinn has certainly done that in his third season with the Rams.

    Other potential MVP candidates
    Jamaal Charles, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson Calvin Johnson, Vontaze Burfict, J.J. Watt.

    Let’s be clear, big-brother Manning will easily take this season’s regular-season MVP. He has the numbers and the wins required to easily justify the pick.

    But it’s fun to speculate, and the above players certainly deserve to be considered for the honour.

    What do you think, Roarers? Which players do you think are NFL MVP candidates?

    Dominic is a US sports editor and writer based in Maryland, USA. You can follow him on Twitter @AussieAudible.

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    • December 29th 2013 @ 8:52am
      Worlds Biggest said | December 29th 2013 @ 8:52am | ! Report

      Yep Peyton is a lock but in regards to honourable mentions I would put Brady on the list also. Despite losing Welker, Hernandez and Gronk he still puts up great numbers and his team is a contender. Plus their running game is by committee.

      McCoy is a beast, what a gem in the draft he was, from memory he was a 2nd or 3rd rounder.

      Jamal Charles is another worthy name in the discussion, he too went as a 3rd or 4th rounder.

      Yet another mid rounder Nick Foles also in the discussion. Dom what about a piece on the DPOY, OPOY, rookie etc…

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        December 29th 2013 @ 10:20am
        Dominic Davies said | December 29th 2013 @ 10:20am | ! Report

        I’m not sure I’d consider Brady, this is actually his worst season in five years. Mind you, it’s still a very strong one, and he has been very good in the second half of the season. Your point about his lack of weapons is also very true.

        Certainly thinking about the other awards. Obviously I like Robert Quinn for DPOY, but would also strongly consider Vontaze Burfict, Robert Mathis and Richard Sherman.

        Rookie of the year is tricky too, but I love SD’s Keenan Allen, and I am a fan of Eddie Lacy as well.

        • December 29th 2013 @ 6:32pm
          Football fan said | December 29th 2013 @ 6:32pm | ! Report

          Until he got hurt Geno Atkins had DPOY (and maybe even MVP) locked

    • December 29th 2013 @ 9:35am
      Arthur fonzarelli said | December 29th 2013 @ 9:35am | ! Report

      Not an MVP contender but I have enjoyed the work of rookie RB Eddie Lacy for the packers .

      I can see Rodgers / Lacy winning a Super Bowl in due course .

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      December 29th 2013 @ 11:35am
      Eliot Bingham said | December 29th 2013 @ 11:35am | ! Report

      Manning winning the MVP is like Thrift Shop winning the Triple J Hottest 100. Everyone knows he will win before it happens and rightly so. He’s been in BEAST mode all season. I think Jamaal Charles should be second because he eats touchdowns for breakfast. A dual threat like McCoy but that’s just my opinion…

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        December 29th 2013 @ 2:02pm
        Dominic Davies said | December 29th 2013 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

        It’s more or less a toss up between the two. I went with McCoy because he has slightly more yards and fewer fumbles, but I couldn’t object to Charles. He’s great.

    • December 29th 2013 @ 10:27pm
      Worlds Biggest said | December 29th 2013 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

      What a huge last round of games tomorrow, Division titles and wild card spots up for grabs.

    • December 30th 2013 @ 9:05am
      Worlds Biggest said | December 30th 2013 @ 9:05am | ! Report

      Where I’m staying on hols there is no cable. I’m stuck with One HD crappy scheduling, Colts v Jags and Broncs v Raiders, yuk.

      • December 30th 2013 @ 9:06am
        Football fan said | December 30th 2013 @ 9:06am | ! Report

        How badly have they chosen!!!!

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