The MVP race has a long list of potential candidates; Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, etc.
But, in my opinion the MVP race comes down to two guys. Tom Brady and Cam Newton.
Both lead undefeated teams, both are lighting the league on fire with their style of play, and both are worthy MVP candidates. But who should win?
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That question is usually answered in a couple of ways, looking at statistics, team record, and personal preference, but rarely is the award given to a player through the definition of the award; Most Valuable Player.
To be the MVP of the league, by definition, you need to be so impactful on your team, that if you were to be removed, the team would completely sink and collapse without you. Following that criteria, I'm going to make a small case for and against both Brady and Newton being the MVP.
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Tom Brady obviously has the edge over Cam Newton when you look at the stats, he has thrown for 3320-yards, 25-touchdowns, and only four interceptions; he is also completing passes at a 66.3% rate.
All of those numbers are better than Cam Newton's.
The mental side of his game looks to be better than ever, making smart decisions throwing the ball, his at-the-line audibles and checks, and his knowledge of when to throw the ball away and not force the issue are spectacular, as are his leadership intangibles.
On the downside, the history Bill Belichick has had without key players leads you to question whether or not he could survive without Tom Brady like he seems to be able to do with any other absent player.
The one year Tom Brady was injured the Patriots still managed to win ten games, again, raising the question of if you remove Brady could another quarterback utilise the effectiveness of Gronkowski and the Patriots rotating run game in the same effect?
This is arguably Brady's greatest year yet, given his age and the circumstances the Patriots are in, given that they won a Superbowl last year. I would be totally fine with Brady winning the MVP trophy because he deserves it.
Cam Newton statistics aren't as great as Tom Brady's, but they are still very respectable; 2283-yards, 20-touchdowns and nine interceptions, but he is only completing passes at a 56.9% rate.
The facet of Newton's game that Brady cannot replicate and something that could tip Newton just ahead of Brady in the MVP voting is his running ability and the contributions he has made to the Panthers rushing attack.
The guy has 382-yards on the ground and six touchdowns, making him a nightmare to defend on the goalie. For a big portion of the season, he was the Panthers leading rusher, putting the team on his back in ways few quarterbacks can.
Cam has really matured over the course of the past two years making him now a highly respected leader, no longer hiding under his towel after bad plays, now he is in guys faces demanding greatness, firing people up.
On the downside, Newton is backed by a top five defence that is proving to be as stingy as ever, something Tom Brady is not working with. This could raise questions of even if Cam wasn't there, could the Panthers still win close games with a dominant defence and power running game?
The person who should win in my eyes is Cam Newton, based primarily on the fact that we expect greatness from Tom Brady, but the greatness Cam Newton has shown, as well as his ability to carry the Panthers offence when others play bad, sets him apart from Brady.
That is just my opinion though, who do you think should be league MVP?
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