Totally Biased NFL Midseason Award, Day 5: NFL MVP

The last article, in what I would call, a groundbreaking, Earth shattering series, check out the others, right here!

All great things must come to an end.

Of course, some mediocre things must ALSO come to an end. This series, fit’s into the former, obviously.

The biggest of all the awards, is without a doubt the NFL MVP award. Like some others, this award is given out by the associated press, but it’s winner is recognized by the league as it’s official most valuable player. Literally, almost every single great player, at one point in his career, has had the MVP award sitting on his mantle. Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Walter Payton, Terry Bradshaw, and more recently, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Emmit Smith, and even the great player that ever lived, Mark Moseley.

Unlike the previous articles, I’d like to review the players who have a legitimate shot at taking home the award, before crowning the eventual champion.

The Nominees

Brady couldn't care less about awards, the Superbowl is his goal

4. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Brady has had an incredible year, no doubt about it. But by Brady’s standards, it’s definitely not what Pats fans expected, which, in itself, should say a lot about how incredible he has been over the years. Through seven games this year, Brady has over 2300 yards, with 18 TD’s, and 8 INT. The Patriots are 5-2, and neck in neck with the Bills for the lead in the AFC East. Brady has 11 TD’s in his first three games, but has begun to slow down just a bit. Tom Terrific is headed for another playoff appearance if he continues playing this way, but not towards an MVP award. Chances are, Brady couldn’t possibly care less to add a 3rd MVP award to his trophy case, as he is much more focused on overcoming the upstart Buffalo Bills for the division lead.

Staff couldn't care less about awards, he'sjust hoping his arm doesn't fall off

3. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

Stafford has done a great job of flipping the script this season. Preseason, people started hopping on the Lions bandwagon, and thought this team had an outside shot at the playoffs. Now that the season is halfway over, it is clear that the Lions are here to stay. Fighting to a 6-2 record, Detroit would have the first wildcard spot if the season ended today. Stafford has been lights out, but it has gone mostly unnoticed due to the surging Calvin Johnson. Stafford has launched 19 TD’s, versus only 4 picks, while keeping on pace for a 4K yard season, having reached 2100 already. If Stafford can hold his pace with Brady, and others, I think he would end up taking it. The Lions are well on their way to a playoff appearance, and with Stafford and Calvin hooking up on an insane basis, I truly believe the sky is the limit. Although no wide receiver has ever won the award, not Jerry Rice, not Randy Moss, nobody, I think Calvin could get close, but with Staff’s tremendous TD-INT ratio, I just don’t see it happening anytime soon, but especially not this year.

Peterson couldn't care less about awards, he's too busy being better than Chris Johnson

2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

For Adrian Peterson, 2011 is just another season in the books. On pace for over 1500 yards? Check. Leading the league in TD’s? Check. Leading the league in rushing yards? Check. What more can you even say. Although the Vikings have struggled, Peterson’s success is something you cannot ignore. He comes in at 798 yards, with 9 TD’s, planting himself right in front of great backs like LeSean McCoy, MJD, and ummm… Cam Newton. If Peterson can finish with the numbers that he’s on pace for, he could definitely come in and swoop the award… of course, that’s given our predicted winner has a bit of a collapse…

Our future MVP winner… Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

There truly should be no doubt as to who the future MVP of our favorite league will be. Aaron Rodgers has had one of the best seasons I have ever seen. Granted, Brady threw for 50 TD touchdowns, but honestly, Rodgers is on pace to have a more successful career. Yep. I said it. Although success in this league will almost always be measured by amount of Superbowl rings on your fingers, I think with time, Rodgers could perhaps even catch Brady in that category. Tom Brady is 3rd in all of NFL history in Passer Rating. In HISTORY people! Oh, Rodgers is first. That being said, Brady is still having a more successful career, I’m not trying to argue that. But I wholeheartedly believe when it’s all said and done, Rodgers could very easily go down as the best QB of our generation [The Manning-Roethlisberger-Rivers-Ryan era].

Hey! Rodgers is doing the discount double check!

This season only, Rodgers is miles ahead of anyone else. He’s at 2376 yards, with a league leading 20 passing touchdowns, and is 33rd in interceptions with only three. As in, tied with Carson Palmer, who has played two quarters this year. Rodgers of course, gets an extra boost because, well, his team is incredible. The offense easily has the highest big play potential in the NFL, higher than that of the Pats, Steelers, and anyone else, too. The award is Rodgers to win, and he simply will NOT lose, and at this point, who knows if the Pack Attack will, either.

In Conclusion…

This award series, has been extremely fun for me. Getting to analyze a plethora of statistics, and uncovering unknown information is perhaps the most rewarding thing about being a sports fan, and especially with the NFL. I hope you guys enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. I look forward to coming back at the end of the season, and seeing how many of the awards I predicted true.

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