Early 2015 NFL MVP Race and Top Dark-Horse Candidates Who Could Emerge

June 13, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As we begin to look at who we think has a chance to take the 2015 NFL MVP award, we need to make sure that the ground we're planting our flag on has a sturdy foundation. Here are a few things I considered in trying to determine my favorites.
Seven of the last eight MVP awards have gone to quarterbacks: As the perception of the importance of the running game has declined, running backs have lost standing in the MVP race. DeMarco Murray had one of the 20 best rushing seasons in NFL history by yardage, and received just two of 50 votes last season. It's almost always safer to pick a quarterback to win. 
Historical numbers matter: When Adrian Peterson won the award following the 2012 season, he won it because he almost broke the single-season NFL rushing record. When J.J. Watt finished second in 2014, he scored five touchdowns as a defender, and became one of just 10 players to reach the 20-sack threshold—the only one to do it twice. As much as we like to pretend ...

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