The MVP award is among the most coveted in the NFL world. So which names should top the list of contenders in 2014?
Peyton Manning – QB – Denver Broncos
He might as well be penciled in because nobody has married himself to the MVP trophy more than Peyton Manning has. The only five-time winner in league history, he always seems to be the one running the show for the best offense in football and there is no reason to think that will change for the Denver Broncos in 2014.
Aaron Rodgers – QB – Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers offense still managed to put up some good numbers in the seven games that star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was out but the team didn’t win very much. Put simply the Packers are a whole different animal when A-Rod is on the field and this unit has an excellent chance to reach the heights they did back in 2011. Rodgers of course has to stay healthy but at age 30 he’s in his prime and at the head of a talent-rich squad.
Andrew Luck – QB – Indianapolis Colts
Despite ongoing turnover problems, there is no question the potential of Andrew Luck is reaching a pinnacle going into his third year. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback is unquestionably the engine that drives their success as he was in so many comebacks last year. Regardless of whether he has a running game or not, Luck should put up outstanding numbers as his talent and experience meet better pass protection.
LeSean McCoy – RB – Philadelphia Eagles
The only position that can possibly challenge an NFL quarterback for the MVP award is the running backs. Adrian Peterson accomplished that feat in 2012 and there are some definite hopefuls for 2014. At the top of the list is LeSean McCoy. He was the rushing champion for the Philadelphia Eagles last year and is fully in his prime as part of an offense that is tailor-made for his talents. One must ask can they dominate like they have without him? No, they cannot.
Jamaal Charles – RB – Kansas City Chiefs
The same situation stares down the offense for the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite some intriguing off-season moves their hopes for the coming NFL season rest on the seemingly tireless legs of star back Jamaal Charles. He was their offense last year and even with Alex Smith gaining experience and confidence, will remain that for the foreseeable future.