NFC West: MVP candidates on offense and defense for all teams

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

Los Angeles Rams

Offense: Jared Goff/Todd Gurley

The Rams really have a few strong MVP candidates on both sides of the ball, which is why their fans should be excited for a huge year from this team.

Some are expecting an NFC crown even with the reigning champion Philadelphia Eagles looking as strong as ever this year.

Jared Goff and Todd Gurley are most likely to draw attention in MVP voting since they obviously touch the ball most. Gurley, in particular, put together an MVP-worthy season in 2017. He racked up 19 total touchdowns (13 rushing, six receiving) and 2,093 all-purpose yards.

It will be tough to match or even come close to that production for Gurley, so perhaps Jared Goff will be the team’s primary MVP candidate in his third NFL season.

Goff had 3,804 yards last season with 28 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

Defense: Marcus Peters, CB

Marcus Peters has maybe the best ball skills of any cornerback in the NFL today.

The Rams traded for him this offseason along with Aqib Talib, and with the pressure they’ll be able to apply up front with Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, Peters and the defensive backfield could be in line to pick off a lot of passes.

He’s got a whopping 19 interceptions in his first three seasons in the NFL, including five last year along with three forced fumbles.

Peters is a playmaker and obvious defensive MVP candidate.