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MVP Race Tightening Up

With the regular season coming to an end in the NFL later this month, the elite players, like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers are playing lights out football at the perfect time. Other players like DeMarco Murray, running back of the Dallas Cowboys and Andrew Luck, quarter back of the Indianapolis Colts, are in the mix in such a tight race for this award. This award will be given to the recipient at the end of the regular season by mid December.

First, Peyton Manning, after losing last year’s Super Bowl in an embarrassing fashion (43-8) to the Seattle Seahawks, has led the Denver Broncos to a 9-3 record. The Broncos are tied with the New England Patriots for first place in the American Football Conference (AFC). This season, Manning has a total of 36 touchdowns and  3,737 yards. He averages 7.9 yards per attempt, 311.4 yards a game, with a total of nine interceptions through the first 12 games of the season.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are on a roll. Rodgers has led the charge in the Packers having an unblemished home record of 7-0, but have their last home game at Lambeau Field on Dec. 28 against the defensive-minded Detroit Lions with Calvin Johnson, Jr. and company. Rodgers has recorded 3,325 total yards, averaged 8.8 yards per attempt, and 277.1 yards a game. He has collected a total of 36 touchdowns and has only thrown three interceptions. Green Bay has the best chance of winning the NFC (National Football Conference) and clinching a Super Bowl berth thanks to the “BAD” man, Aaron Rodgers.

Running back DeMarco Murray has assisted Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys from being a mediocre team last season to now a legitimate playoff contender in the NFC. The Cowboys have a 9-4 record through 13 games this season, looking to win their division and whole NFC conference. DeMarco has a total of 320 carries, and 1,606 rushing yards, which leads the league. Also, DeMarco has nine touchdowns on the season.

Even though the Houston Texans won’t be making any noise this year in the post-season, defensive end J.J. Watt is making some noise of his own. Watt has 14.5 sacks, and one interception, plus, he had an 80 yard touchdown run this season. That was the first of his pro football career. Keep in mind, at his position, what Watt is accomplishing is pretty impressive and should not be overlooked for what he has achieved this season.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have not skipped a beat in their quest to capture the Vince Lombardi Trophy since the debacle last December in Denver against the reigning MVP Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the AFC championship game. Brady has lead the Patriots to a 9-3 record, winning seven in a row to stay on top of the AFC. This year, Brady has a total of 30 touchdowns and 3,560 passing yards to go along with it.

Andrew Luck has led the Indianapolis Colts to a 9-4 record through the first 13 regular season games. They are currently third in the AFC, right behind the Patriots and Broncos. This season, Luck has a total of 36 touchdowns and 4,305 passing yards. He has collected 250 total yards rushing this season. Andrew’s statistics have improved from last season, which could make him a valid choice for Offensive Player of the Year, if not the MVP.

Overall, my pick for this year’s NFL MVP would be Aaron Rodgers. I picked Aaron because of his consistent play for the Packers this year, along with his effort in maintaining the home win streak alive at 7 straight. As I mentioned, he has thrown only three interceptions this season, which is one of the best stats in the league.  He has given Green Bay a legitimate chance at receiving home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which could be the key to how far the Packers go in the post-season.

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