In part one of the NFL series predictions we looked at the writers and contributors picks for each division, the wildcards, each conference, and even the Super Bowl champion. The crack staff at Sports Unbiased and its contributors are at it once again but this time it is all about the hardware. It is time to look at the NFL Most Valuable Player Award. There are some logical candidates for the award and some others that just might sneak in.
Ned – Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
I know this may be called a sleeper pick, but Tony Romo is my choice for the 2015-2016 NFL MVP. I based my pick on two factors. Tony Romo produced some of his best offensive numbers last season. His stellar season came about with a vastly improved offensive line.
With Demarco Murray signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, the offense is now squarely on Tony Romo’s shoulders. He will try to continue to build upon the same offensive momentum with proven and reliable weapons Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
Darren McFadden now has a bigger role to fill as running back in the offense and will hopefully have a breakout season this year. If he remains healthy, Tony Romo’s play will be the difference in the Cowboys going far in the playoffs earning him the NFL MVP Award.
Ben – Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
My pick is Andrew Luck. Luck edges out Rodgers for a couple of reasons, both have stacked offenses and tons of weapons at their disposal and will run two of the highest efficiency offenses in the league, but Rodgers has Eddie Lacey, a top-10 RB who will need his carries taking the ball out of Aaron’s hands. Luck on the other hand still has a good RB in Frank Gore, but he won’t need a ton of carries as he’s old and would excel with fewer carries.
Also, Andrew Luck will have tons of weapons to target in 2015: he’s got WRs like T.Y Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, first round pick Phillip Dorsett and CFL star and son of former NFL star (Chris Carter,) Duron Carter. He’s also got two great TEs in Dwayne Allen, and Coby Fleener. That all paired with a RB stable of Frank Gore, Daniel Herron, and Josh Robinson.
Overall Luck has all the options and it looks like everything will be in place for it to be his year, and overall edges out Aaron Rodgers for the MVP award.
Adam – Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck has done some amazing things in Indianapolis with basically nothing. He inherited Reggie Wayne on the backside of his career and his real weapon is T.Y. Hilton. With that in mind, and ZERO running game to back him up, he amassed 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns.
He has taken the Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three NFL seasons. Each year the Colts have advanced further in the playoffs and came up one win short of the Super Bowl last year. The Colts have gone out and got the youngster weapons to help this coming season in Andre Johnson and Frank Gore. While both are on the other side of their respective careers, they are upgrades to last season’s roster.
As he continues to improve, he has positioned the Colts for success and for the youngster to bring him the first of what should be multiple MVP trophies. This year’s smart money is on Andrew Luck.
JR – Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
I have a strong feeling Russell Wilson will make a huge run at the league MVP this season. I think he has a huge chip on his shoulders after throwing the pick in Super Bowl XLIX, and if health prevails he will continue to be the most dynamic QB in the NFL. Wilson was also one of the top-5 QB’s in the league last season, and I see no reason why he won’t rank among the elite in 2015-16.