Philip Rivers deserves the respect of being in the talk for MVP of the NFL. Rivers has proven for the past three years that the San Diego Chargers are his team. More than likely he will get looked over for now due to the chargers 4-5 record, but it’s a good thing that the award does not get announced until the week after the regular season ends. Just look at Rivers’ stats, passing yards – 2,944 (on pace to break Dan Marino’s record of 5,084) 19 TDs, 8 INTs. Oh yeah, a 102.9 passer rating, which is third in the league and the two players ahead of him in passer rating dont even play full games (Vince Young and Michael Vick). The Chargers are number one in offense putting up 420.2 yards a game, and fourteenth in the league in rushing with 107.8 yards a game, if that does not say anything. C’mon it should easily be Philip Rivers’ award, where and who are his receiver’s each week? If it was not for their record right now Rivers would be the runaway candidate for the MVP. On a fair and unbiased note lets look at the other players that should be in the talk for MVP:
Peyton Manning, a record four time MVP (2003,2004,2008,2009) , will more than likely always be in the thick of this race, without several of his top receivers, has 16 TDs and only 4 INTs and 2,478 yards with a QB rating of 96.3. The Colts are 5-3, which is on top of their division, and the rushing attack of the Colts….well there is no attack, they are 25th in the league with 92.2 yards a game. Peyton seems to be in the same boat as Rivers, yet Rivers is doing so much better.
Eli Manning, I suppose the only reason I chose to put Eli in this discussion is because of the record and he is doing much better this season. His stats, 2,075, 17 TDs, 11 INTs, and a QB rating of 92.7. Also the defense is playing lights out, literally taking quarterbacks out of the game.
Tom Brady, with 14 TDs, 4 INTs, 1,826 yards, and a QB rating of 95.7. The Patriots are 6-2 and right in the thick of things with the Jets who are also 6-2 and have won just one more divisional game than the Pats.
Arian Foster, who is running over everybody (including the Chargers) could be in the talk of MVP with 864 yards, on a 5.5 yards per attempt, and 9 TDs. He is on pace to a 1,728 yard season, as he averages 108 yards a game, yet this is a quarterback driven league and more than likely it’s going to be Philip Rivers, I mean a quarterback.
Clay Matthews, on a defense that has been devastated by injuries, this second-year linebacker, is proving that he belongs. He leads the league in sacks with 10.5, he has 31 total tackles, a forced fumble, and a pick six for 62 yards. It’s highly unlikely that a defensive player will get an MVP (which is sad), but at least he is in the discussion and should get the defensive player of the year award.
Drew Brees is not off to the same start as last season, but is still an elite QB. His 2,587 yards, 18 TDs, 12 INTs, and a rating of 91.7, proves that even with the leagues 24th ranked rush offense, he can still get the job done as the Saints are 6-3.
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