With six weeks remaining in the 2010 regular season, the MVP race is beginning to clear up…at least a little bit.
Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers are winning, putting up huge numbers and are all toward the top of the list.
However, there is one new name on this weeks list.
I’ve listed my top five NFL MVP candidates below, along with their up to date statistics, team records and other reasons why they deserve to be named the most valuable player in the NFL.
1) Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers (stock: UP, last week: #2)
- 230/353 (65.2%), 3,177 yards, 23 TD, 9 INT
- 5-5, 3rd place in AFC West
- Most touchdowns
- Most passing yards
- 2nd best QB rating (105.0)
- SD: 17th in rushing
2) Peyton Mannning, QB, Indianapolis Colts (stock: DOWN, last week: #1)
- 286/438 (65.3%), 3,059 yards, 20 TD, 7 INT
- 6-4, 2nd place in AFC South
- IND: 27th in rushing
3) Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (stock: UP, last week: #4)
- 215/329 (65.3%), 2,362 yards, 19 TD, 4 INT
- 8-2, 1st place in AFC East (& NFL)
- 4th best QB rating (100.6)
- NE: 16th in rushing
4) Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (stock: UP, last week: NR)
- 290/417 (69.5%), 2,969 yards, 22 TD, 14 INT
- 2nd in touchdowns
- 4th in passing yards
- NO: 26th in rushing
5) Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (stock: DOWN, last week: #3)
- 120/191 (62.8%)m 1,608 yards, 11 TD, 0 INT
- 55 rushes, 375 yards (6.8 avg.), 5 TD
- Best QB rating (108.7)
- No interceptions in 191 attempts
- PHI: 3rd in rushing
Yes, all of my MVP candidates are all quarterbacks.
If you’re looking for who is the best defensive player in the league, Rob Marine has got you covered.
Defensive Player of the Year – Week 12
1) Clay Matthews, OLB, Green Bay Packers (Stock: SAME, last week: #1)
- 36 tackles (33 solo), 11.5 sacks*, 1 INT, 62 INT yards, 3 passes defensed,1 forced fumble, 1 TD
- Last game: @ MIN: 5 tackles (5 solo), 1 sack
- Do I really need to say it again? This guy is an absolute beast, a QB’s worst nightmare and a work horse. Last week Matthews helped the Packers crush the Vikings on the road in a 31-3 win. Matthews had five solo tackles (two of them for a loss) and a sack. Vikings head coach, Brad Childress, was fired after this game as well.
- Matthews is leading the league in sacks and has helped the Packers lead the league in the unofficial stat of “coaches fired after we beat their team.”
2) James Harrison, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Stock: UP, last week: #2)
- 69 tackles (51 solo), 9 sacks, 2 INT, 6 passes defensed, 5 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery
- Last game: vs. OAK: 5 tackles (5 solo), 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble
- Harrison had a monster game on Sunday against Oakland. This man was all over the field, recording five solo tackles, two sacks, one interception and a forced fumble. Harrison’s stats on Sunday as an NFL defensive player is equivalent to hitting the cycle in baseball pretty much, as he put up numbers in each category.
- Harrison is no stranger to the Defensive Player of the Year award (2008 recipient), and is really making a strong push for the number one spot. Clay Matthews…watch out for James Harrison.
3. Osi Umenyiora, DE, New York Giants (Stock: SAME, last week: #3)
- 31 tackles (24 solo) 8 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 7 forced fumbles*
- Last game: @ PHI: 5 tackles (4 solo)
- Osi Umenyiora had an unproductive night as Michael Vick and the Eagles soared to a 27-17 victory over the Giants. Umenyiora’s league-leading seven forced fumbles still has him ranked third on this list.
- Umenyiora needs to step up and start making some more plays because each week there are players making their case to crack the top three ranking for the Defensive Player of the Year.
4. Nadamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions (Stock: UP, last week: #5)
- 41 tackles (31 solo), 7 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 1 INT, 20 INT yds, 1 fumble recovery , 1TD
- Last game: @ DAL: 8 tackles (5 solo), 0.5 sack
- Although the Lions lost to the Cowboys on Sunday, Suh was doing everything in his power to stop them. The Lions are struggling this year but they did their homework and drafted a pure talent and absolute beast of a DT in Suh.
- He moves up to the number four spot after his performance on Sunday. Will Suh make some noise on Turkey Day vs. Tom Brady and the Patriots? Stay tuned.
5. DeAngelo Hall, CB, Washington Redskins (Stock: DOWN, last week: #4)
- 73 tackles (47 solo) 6 INTs, 92 INT yards, 18 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
- Last game: @ TEN: 2 tackles (1 solo), 2 passes defensed
- DeAngelo Hall’s stock has dropped due to his lack of play in the past few weeks. He no longer is leading the league in interceptions (Asante Samuel, 7). What is keeping Hall in the top five for the DPOY race is his number of tackles, his defensive touchdown (92 INT return @ Chicago) and his forced fumble and recovery.
- Hall came out looking real good the first half of the season but is starting to fall off. He needs to pick it up if he wants to remain in the chase.
Other players considered:
- Asante Samuel, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
- Cameron Wake, OLB, Miami Dolphins
- Jerod Mayo, MLB, New England Patriots
- Michael Griffin, FS, Tennessee Titans
- Aqib Talib, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 12 is sure to showcase some exciting games.
Check back here tomorrow for our picks, which will include every Thanksgving game and our fantasy studs and duds of the week.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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