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The Panthers defense has bailed Newton out on numerous occasions, and his statistics don't quite match up to those of the other candidates.
However, Newton has helped his team make an incredible run to contest for a first-round bye in the NFC. There is no debating Newton is valuable to the Panthers, but the defense has been so key to the team’s success that it’s hard to seriously consider Newton for the MVP Award.
Brees’ candidacy took a hit with the New Orleans Saints’ loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 15, and they flew out the window completely when New Orleans fell to the Panthers the following week.
Nevertheless, the statistics are there again for Brees. He needs to 219 yards in Week 17 to reach 5,000 yards for the fourth time in his career, and he is sixth in the NFL in passer rating.
But Brees' lackluster play of late and the Saints defense providing so much help mean that the MVP Award is out of his reach.
McCoy is the second-most valuable running back this year, but he is not even the most valuable player on his team. McCoy's statistics are very impressive, but they are more a product of several big weeks instead of consistent production week in and week out. He has failed to reach 80 rushing yards nine times this year, which isn't quite what the MVP voters are looking for.
McCoy would be in the running for Offensive Player of the Year in Peyton Manning’s absence, but he is not a serious MVP candidate. That should not take away from how much he has contributed to the Philadelphia Eagles’ late-season surge, however.