Is it too early to start talking about the NFL MVP? Of course not. We are just like everyone else, we like to speculate, too...
The NFL a QB league and a QB has won the award the past four years and will probabaly continue to win it going forward. The NFL is being dominated by one team right now: the Green Bay Packers, and they are on a historic run.
The leader of the Pack is QB Aaron Rodgers, who has 37 TD passes in 12 games this season, putting him on a pace to challenge Tom Brady's 50 in 2007. He also has thrown only 5 INTs and has a QB rating of 125.3, which would also be an NFL record.
Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month in September, October and November this year. He clearly has the inside track.
Right on his heels is New Orleans' Drew Brees, who has 4031 passing yards and is on a pace to throw for 5375, which would be new NFL single-season record. He has 30 TD passes and a 105 QB rating.
Tom Brady of the Patriots has some impressive numbers, too (30 TDs, 3916 yds and a 106 TD rating), but he does this almost every year so voters will bypass him.
Then there is Tim Tebow of Denver, who is hugely popular throughout the league. The Broncos are competing for the AFC West crown, but Tebow is hardly the reason. Rookie LB Von Miller (10.5 sacks) and the Denver defense are the ones to be credited.
But MVP voting is not formulaic. Tebow is being taken seriously. “Tim Tebow sparks heated debate as to whether he is a legit NFL quarterback or not,” stated GR88.com analyst Damon Holowchak. “One thing that can’t be disputed however is that the kid knows how to win. The fact that he is in our Great 8 Poll this week for MVP consideration says an awful lot.”
According to the website GR88.com, here are the current MVP odds:
- Aaron Rodgers 30%
- Tim Tebow 30%
- Drew Brees 12%
- Tom Brady 12%
- Eli Manning 8%
- Ben Roethlisberger 3%
- Cam Newton 3%
- Philip Rivers 2%
Peyton started every game since coming into the league in 1998 - 208 in all. He won 141 of them. Neck surgery prevented him from suiting up this season, and the Colts have not won a single game without him. That speaks volumes about how great he is and how integral he was to the Colts' success. Brees or Brady can't even say that.
When Brady went down with a knee injury in Week 1 of 2008, the Patriots went on to finish 11-5. The Colts are 0-12 this season and are on their way to the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. With Manning, they would be at least .500, maybe better. Now that's saying something...!