There have been some great play during the season so far, but there are a select handful that really stand out to me as being the best in the league currently. Who are the best and are carrying their teams on their shoulders. We are just about the midway point in the NFL season, so let’s take a quick look at my top 3 candidates for this years 2014 NFL Most Valuable player award.
3. Andrew Luck, QB; Indianapolis Colts
Luck has been absolutely absurd, with how his game has been. His passing games have been ridiculous, with 8 games of 300 YDs of more, 26 TDs and just 9 INTs he has been the real deal. Leading the Colts to a 6-3 record in the AFC South division. Luck has been doing this on his shoulders alone, they have a very poor and nonexplosive running game, that gives him no support. Trent Richardson is getting them 3.5/YPC and is about as helpful as a fork to eat tomato soup. The fact of the matter is, he has almost single handily made TY Hilton a possible pro bowl player, with 866 YDs and TE Dwayne Allen suddenly is relevant. And actually has played bigger than life in some games, avoiding the rush with his nimble feet and always finding his men when need be.
2. Tom Brady, QB; New England Patriots
Let’s be just honest here, from the start, the guy has simply endured a lot of questions early. Remember when folks were asking if he was done? He has been playing some great football. Brady, who many thought was pretty much just riding the storm out, after a many great years, and was never going to regain his form from the 2010-2012 seasons where his numbers were simply ridiculous, of 109 TDs and 24 INTS in that span. Brady has taken back his team, like a storm. The Patriots were a team that many thought would possibly fold up after starting 2-2, and having some issues scoring the ball, and could possibly play second fiddle to the Bills, well guess again. They are fighting tooth and claw, with them not just for the division, but for the AFC best. They are fighting for the division with pride in their blood. Brady has gotten everyone involved in the team, spreading the ball around. With 3 players with 500 or more receiving yards, and 4 guys getting 49 or more targets. He is just playing really clean ball, 22 TDs and only 3 INTs with 64% passing. Yea, Brady is back folks.
1. DeMarco Murray, RB; Dallas Cowboys
How ’bout them Cowboys? The season that Murray is putting together has been beyond phenomenal. The only player in NFL history to have 8 straight 100+ YD rushing games to start the season? Seriously? Leading the NFL with 1133 YDs on the ground, he’s on pace for 2000+ easily. Also picking up 5.0 a carry, which is 6th in the league, and he’s also carried it more times than anyone else in the NFL. He has simply been incredible, no other words. Taking a team that no one really took seriously this year, and making them, now a more than serious contender. He has loaded the Boys on his back and ran off to the the endzone. The Cowboys a serious contender from the NFC, and will be as long as he stays healthy. He has been more than explosive, with 8 20+ YD scampers, as well as the tough 2 and 3 yard runs to keep drives alive, with 55 1st down runs. Murray has hit paydirt with 7 TDs as well, which is 1st for RBs in the NFL, and could end up with 14+ for the season.
Now, I know the reigning MVP, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, has been marvelous with his usual self, as well as DE JJ Watt, but these 3 guys here are the MVP’s of the season so far, for what they have done as individuals and the value they have brought to their teams.
Written by TonyK of VegasTopDogs.com