Here are my 2010 MVP candidates in the National Football League as of Nov. 12:
Michael Vick, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles: What a storyline this would be. Vick wasn’t even expected to start for the Eagles coming in 2010 and some questioned whether he’d ever start for any NFL team again. However, Vick has been electric on the field this season. The Eagles have won all of the games in which Vick has started and finished the game and he’s put up great numbers in leading Philadelphia to wins. Vick has really improved as a passer and is making the most out of his dynamic offensive weapons.
Philip Rivers, Quarterback, San Diego Chargers: If he wasn’t before this season, Rivers is officially an elite quarterback. Rivers has been working with a subpar receiving corps all season long and has been putting up huge game after huge game. He and Antonio Gates have been the only guys keeping this team in the playoff hunt. If the Chargers make the postseason, it will be hard to give the MVP Award to anyone other than Rivers, who is on pace to break the single-season passing yardage record.
Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts: Manning is always in the picture for MVP, as he’s already won the award four times. However, one could make a case that 2010 could be his most deserving season. Sure the Colts are 5-3, which is not great, but what would they be without Manning? Indianapolis has experienced major injuries to the defense, receiving corps and backfield, yet they’re still tied atop the NFL’s most competitive division.
Eli Manning, Quarterback, New York Giants: Manning is putting together a very good statistical season and the Giants could very well be the best team in the league. Manning doesn’t get enough credit for the career he’s putting together in New York, as he’s about as reliable as they come. If the Giants continue their dominance, Manning could make a real run at the award.
Arian Foster, Running Back, Houston Texans: The award usually goes to a quarterback, but Foster has been phenomenal in his first full season as a starter. He’s shown himself to be a hard yet elusive runner and a very good receiver. He might be the best player in the Houston offense, which is saying something considering Andre Johnson is on the team. The Texans will have to make the playoffs for him to get consideration for the award, though.
Rashard Mendenhall, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers: Mendenhall hasn’t been off-the-charts good or anything, but he kept the team afloat while Big Ben was out and hasn’t had a ton of holes to run through thanks to a shaky offensive line.
Darren McFadden, Running Back, Oakland Raiders: McFadden is finally selling NFL tickets the way Al Davis has always dreamed, and the Oakland offense looks completely different as a result. If they win the AFC West, you’d have to at least put him in the conversation.
Roddy White, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons: Receivers don’t win this award, but I thought White was worth mentioning. He and Matt Ryan might have the best chemistry of any tandem in the league. As far as it relates to his team and his role for the Falcons, White might be the purest number one wideout around.
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