By Derek Lofland.
The NFL MVP race has pretty much been reduced to these three quarterbacks. Can Peyton Manning win it again?
I have formulated a "case for" and a "case against" for my three MVP candidates through their first 10 games of the season:
Case For: Brees leads the most potent offense in the NFL as the Saints rank first in points scored (369), first in yards gained (4,205), tied for first in passing touchdowns (22) and first in rushing touchdowns (18) through the first 10 games. Brees does not rely solely on one weapon but uses different ones.
WR Marques Colston is on pace for just 70 receptions, 1,099 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. RB Pierre Thomas is on pace to be the leading rusher with 973 yards rushing and eight rushing touchdowns. The Saints rely on Brees to spread the ball to a lot of quality targets and to direct an offense that has been as explosive as any offense in the NFL. He is the main reason the offense leads the NFL in scoring and yardage, and their offense is the main reason the Saints are 10-0 and have the best record in the NFC. That offense starts with Brees’s solid play, which is why he should be the MVP.
Case Against: I would look at how they have accumulated those numbers...