Why DeAngelo Williams Should Be MVP?

Sam TastadCorrespondent IIIDecember 29, 2008

The 2008 NFL MVP will be decided on Jan. 2, 2009. The top candidates are Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson. However, DeAngelo Williams should be considered for the award.

DeAngelo Williams helped lead the Carolina Panthers to the playoffs, an NFC South title, a first-round bye, and a first-round home game. He rushed for 1,515 yards this season and scored 18 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 273 times, and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. His longest touchdown of the season is a 69-yard run. He hasn't fumbled the ball all year long, and has eight 100-yard games this season.

He and Jonathan Stewart have developed a very good running back tandem. The most carries he received in a game was 25, and when he played against Tampa Bay he received 19 carries and averaged 9.8 yards per carry. He ran for 186 yards against Tampa Bay, his highest output of the season and against a pretty good defense.

He also ran for 560 yards in December when it counted, and helped lead the Panthers down the stretch. Williams ran very efficiently on third down, and up the middle against defenses. He also was automatic in the red zone.

DeAngelo Williams played very consistent on a weekly basis toward the end of the season, and showed how he can lead the Carolina Panthers. He should get strong consideration for MVP. Hopefully in the playoffs he can continue to do what he does best, run the ball.