Ten weeks of the NFL season are in the books, and today we take a look at the players that are up for the MVP for the entire league.
1. Adrian Peterson – The best RB in the NFL is back with a chip on his shoulder. He’s putting up a league high 112.8 yards per game, and has crossed the goal line 7 times. His 1128 yards rushing are best in the NFL in 2012, and while he always seems to be answering questions about his knee and comeback, all he keeps doing is having huge games. He’s not allowing the issues of his injury to stop him, and seems to have the inside track on the award heading into week 11.
2. Peyton Manning – He’s having one of the most amazing seasons for a guy that had four neck surgeries. He’s led the Broncos to the lead in the AFC West at 6-3, and they are on a four-game winning streak. He’s got a 108.0 QB Rating, with 21 touchdowns and just six picks. He’s not only in the running for the MVP, but could be the comeback player of the year. All he cares about though is the important thing – getting the Broncos to the dance in New Orleans in February.
3. Matt Ryan – The Falcons QB has always been under the radar, but now is starting to get the mainstream attention he deserves. He’s been excellent in 2012, throwing for 2771 yards with 20 touchdowns and 7 picks. Most importantly, he’s got the Falcons to a 8-1 start, and they look like the class of the NFC. We will see if voters buy a guy that plays for a Falcons team that never gets a ton of attention.
4. Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben went down in week 10, and could miss some time, but for now, is having his best season to date. He’s thrown for 16 TD’s and just four picks, and has lead the Steelers to four straight wins to get them back in the playoff race in the AFC. He gets out of trouble more than any QB, and we will see if the voters care enough to give him the award.
5. J.J. Watt – The Texans defensive end is a great story, a rags to riches story if you will, but one that in 2012 has been a story getting a lot of attention. All he’s done to help the Texans get to 8-1 is lead the NFL with 10.5 sacks, and also put up 41 tackles, 10 stuffs, and 10 passes defended. Watt is a rising star, and while he won’t win the award, he’s probably the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for 2012 at this rate.