Saying It Now: Why the Tennesse Titans' Chris Johnson Should be NFL MVP

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IDecember 2, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 29:  Teammates Alan Branch #78 and Bryant McFadden #25 of the Arizona Cardinals try to tackle Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans during their game at LP Field on November 29, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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At this point in the season, NFL fans have certainly started to question who will be the NFL MVP.

The three names heard most often are the usual suspects: Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Drew Brees.

At this point, Manning or Favre winning MVP is redundant.  Moreover, I cannot ignore the presence of Adrian Peterson in the same Minnesota backfield as Favre, while Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne have long been underrated in Indianapolis.

The question of who deserves to be MVP is all about which player is doing the most with the least help.

The Saints don't have one player that stands out around Brees, but they do have a large quantity of legitimate starters instead of quality starters around Brees.

In Tennessee, however, we saw running back Chris Johnson's electric play without Vince Young.  Johnson thus is clearly not the product of the quarterback.

Johnson could be on his way to a 2,000 yard season for a team that once looked like an afterthought.  Collins appears to have been holding back the Titans, when people had questioned whether the Titans were struggling from the loss of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth in free agency.

I don't believe that this argument needs to be complex, but it seems quite simple that Johnson has done the most with the least amount of help.

Regardless of quarterback, Johnson's numbers have been above average and potentially great.   Johnson looks like the second coming of Bo Jackson.