Cream of the Crop: Top Five NFL MVP Candidates in 2010
In about a month and a half, life will seem right again for NFL fans around the world.
When it's all said and done, not every fan is fortunate enough to have their favorite team hoist the Lombardi trophy. However, year in and year out, we are all fortunate to watch some of the world's greatest athletes shine in their prime.
It's nothing but a sheer privilege to watch some of the brilliant talent this league brings in every season.
For the past 23 years, MVP honors have gone to either a quarterback or running back, and in some cases, both.
If your name isn't Peyton Manning or Brett Favre, winning MVP is typically something you'll only get to cherish once in a lifetime, which is why it's so special.
With the NFL season right around the corner, here are the top five candidates to go down as the league's most dominant player in 2010.
5. Adrian Peterson
2009 Stats—1383 Yards, 18 TD, 4.4 Avg
Peterson has been so dominant over the past few seasons that running for nearly 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns is considered a "down year."
Whether Favre returns or decides to hang it up, Peterson will continue to be one of the league's most dominant running backs.
But with all of Peterson's great attributes, he has one major flaw: fumbling. If Peterson can't find a way to hold onto the ball, winning MVP isn't even in the question.
4. Drew Brees
2009 Stats—4388 Yards, 34 TD, 11 INT, 109.6 QB Rating
After setting the single-season record for highest completion percentage ever with 70.6 percent, Brees led the New Orleans Saints to their first ever Super Bowl title.
Words can't describe that special moment when Tracy Porter intercepted Peyton Manning and took it to the house.
With no key offensive weapons leaving, Drew Brees should see himself in the MVP race once again.
3. Aaron Rodgers
2009 Stats—4434 Yards, 30 TD, 7 INT, 103.2 QB Rating
Becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in his first two seasons as a starter, Rodgers has proven to be a successful replacement for his predecessor, Brett Favre.
With a healthy offensive line, don't be surprised to see Rodgers have the best statistical season of his career in 2010.
2. Chris Johnson
2009 Stats - 2006 Yards, 14 TD, 5.6 Avg
Not only did Johnson have over 2,000 rushing yards, but he had 50 receptions and 503 receiving yards to go with it, which is more productive than a lot of wide receivers.
The speedster has finally agreed to a deal with the Titans, and if the team as a whole continues its winning ways like at the end of last season, Johnson should put up even better numbers than in 2009.
First six Weeks (Titans were 0-6)—596 Yards, 2 TD
Last ten Weeks (Titans were 8-2)—1410 Yards, 12 TD
1. Peyton Manning
2009 Stats—4500 Yards, 33 TD, 16 INT, 99.9 QB Rating
The man has four MVP's, of course he's going to be No. 1 on this list.
Peyton Manning is the only quarterback in the NFL that has complete control over his offense. Not only does he possess a talent that very few quarterbacks can match, but he has the ability to make any wide receiver a superstar.
Nobody knows if Manning will win a fifth MVP, but I doubt anyone will be surprised if it happens.