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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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 12: Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football past cornerback David Amerson #29 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 12: Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football past cornerback David Amerson #29 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Arizona Cardinals

Offense: David Johnson, RB

David Johnson is a comeback player of the year candidate as well as an MVP candidate.

In 2016, there was no single player on the offensive side of the football as dominant as Johnson.

He had over 2,100 yards from scrimmage, 20 total touchdowns, and high expectations heading into his third NFL season.

Unfortunately, he was limited to just one game in 2017 and has to sort of re-establish himself and with a new quarterback, to boot.

If Johnson is productive, the Cardinals will be surprise challengers in this division and he could get MVP votes as a result.

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Defense: Chandler Jones, DE

There may not be a more underrated pass rusher in the NFL right now than Chandler Jones.

He had 17 sacks last season along with 58 total tackles, and since joining the Cardinals via trade from the Patriots, Jones has been a stud with 28 total sacks and six forced fumbles.

He’s a big-time playmaker on the edge with 64 career sacks entering the prime of his career.

If anyone on the Cardinals’ defense is going to contend for defensive MVP honors, it’s going to be Jones.