Predicting Who Wins The 2014 NFL Regular Season MVP
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 16, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Here are some of the names you should include on your card when handicapping the 2014 regular season NFL MVP. You can keep Peyton Manning and the rest of the favorites, we’re looking for some dark horses to make our pockets fat.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints – Maybe you were memorized by the season Peyton Manning had, and rightfully so. However, Brees did throw for more than 5,000 yards for the third straight season and tossed 39 touchdowns. Quarterbacks have won the NFL MVP in six of the last seven seasons and for whatever reason Brees has never won the award. Uh, voters need to get on their job. Brees continues to put up off-the-wall stats and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The Saints still have solid pieces around him and as long as they’re a little more consistent than they were a season ago, I like Brees’ chances of winning the MVP for the first time. Throw the 35-year-old a bone with odds of +800.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts – I get the feeling that this is going to be a big season for the Colts, and of course that all starts with Luck at quarterback. For the second straight year, Luck threw for 23 touchdowns, but he also trimmed his interception total to just nine after throwing 19 his rookie season. Luck also bumped his completion percentage to a decent 60.2 percent, which is another step in the right direction. As long as Luck continues to mature, he should have that breakout season in his third year that many quarterbacks experience. Luck is also in good hands with T.Y. Hilton, newly acquired Hakeem Nicks and a healthy Reggie Wayne back on the field. Oddmkaers are exposed leaving Luck to win the MVP with odds of +1800.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs – Last season, Charles rushed for 1,287 yards and 10 touchdowns despite going 11 games with less than 20 carries. The speedy running back is still in his prime at the young age of 27 years old and should thrive in his second season under the creative head coach Andy Reid. After all, Charles did set a new career high with 70 receptions for 693 yards and seven touchdowns. Running backs have only won the MVP three times since 2001, but Charles is more than explosive enough to become the fourth player to do so, especially if the Chiefs can build on last year’s success. I’ll take a shot in the dark with insane odds of +6500.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots – Although Brady will be 37 by the time the season begins, he’s still topped 4,000 passing yards in five of his last seven seasons. Brady has also thrown for 59 touchdowns in the last two seasons despite being surrounded by a bunch of questionable receivers. Unlike last season, Rob Gronkowski should be ready to go for the entire season and Kenbrell Thompkins should get more looks after proving to be a solid option in limited looks. Betting against Brady is never a good idea even with his aging body. The Patriots star quarterback still has a point to prove and is hungry for one more Super Bowl ring before hanging them up. I’ll bank on this being a solid season and throw Brady a few dollars with odds of +1000.