Top 5 MVP Candidates After Week 1 of the 2013 NFL Season

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Top 5 MVP Candidates After Week 1 of the 2013 NFL Season
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Peyton Manning exposed the Baltimore Ravens defense during the season opener on Thursday night.

We're officially through the first week of the 2013 NFL season and it was a wild display to say the least. A handful of players truly stood out among the rest and made their case for the start of a potential MVP campaign.

The season opened in Denver, where the Broncos dismantled the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in a rematch of last year's AFC divisional playoff game.

Sunday did not disappoint with 10 of the 13 contests decided by seven points or less. There were two quarterbacks who threw for over 400 yards, yet only one came away with the win in separate contests.

The week concluded on Monday night with a doubleheader, featuring Chip Kelly's retooled Philadelphia Eagles offense and an incredible comeback by the Houston Texans in the nightcap.

While one game does not predict the final success of a season, we will follow the performances of five players each week updating the leading contenders for the NFL's most valuable player.


Statistics courtesy of, unless otherwise noted.

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