NFL MVP Race: Cam Newton or Tom Brady?
Kyle Curry – Tom Brady will go down as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time (along with some scrutiny about deflating footballs). This year has probably been one of the worst seasons when it comes to injuries, especially for the offensive side of the football. Tom has been able to do the things he does year after year – spread the football to anyone with two hands, and win games. The Patriots record and play is something we come to expect year in and year out as long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are at leading the team.
However, Cam Newton has grown up before our eyes this year. He does not play the quarterback position with a great set of fundamentals (throwing the long ball off his back foot) but he does do what will help his team win. His numbers could be better, especially in the completion percentage department but he is a key factor as to why the Carolina Panthers are the last undefeated team in the League (which we all predicted right?).
Cam is more deserving of the MVP of the League based on the fact that he is leading a team of “misfits” to a possible 16-0 regular season and maybe even the coveted 19-0 season accompanied with a Super Bowl victory.
Cameron Palikuca – Cam Newton is the 2015-2016 NFL MVP, no question. Why over the past few years has the MVP race been about statistics and not about what the MVP really is. The MVP award should go to the person who has done the most for their team, during their teams success. Cam Newton has led the Carolina Panthers to a undefeated record and hasn’t missed a beat since week one. Without him I believe that the Panthers would be no better than 6-7.
Newton has utilized his sub par wide receiver core unlike no other quarterback could. Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery, as a number one and number two receivers is about as bad as it gets in the NFL, but Cam has still done very well passing this year throwing for 28 TDs (and counting), but that can’t all go to the wide receivers. Greg Olsen has been the sleeper MVP for the Panthers this year being Cam’s number one target.
Panther nation had a scare last week when Olsen went down in the end zone clutching his knee in pain, but reports show he is expected to play Sunday against the Giants. We can’t talk about Cam Newton and not talk about how he runs the ball. He has rushed for 480 yards and seven touchdowns this year – he has more rushing TDs than nine, yes I said nine other NFL teams. With the deadly combination of a strong arm, smart decisions, the speed and body size of a lion, and let’s not forget the dancing, Cam Newton is the obvious NFL MVP.
Adam Solowiei – So here we are deciding who might become this season’s NFL MVP. In essence it is akin to the name versus the newbie. While it is obvious that Cam Newton is not a rookie, his name does not come with the instant recognition of Tom Brady. That in itself with help Brady in this battle. But is this really a battle? That will all depend on what you look at.
Brady has the higher completion percentage (64.2 percent vs 59 percent), passing yardage (4,138 vs 3,062), passing touchdowns (33 vs 28), and passer rating (103.6 vs 96.6). Meanwhile, Cam has the edge in rushing yardage (480 vs 55), rushing touchdowns (7 vs 3), and record (13-0 vs 11-2). But you really need to look further into the numbers.
The Panthers are the only team in the NFL that rushes over 50 percent of the time, with 111 of those attempts coming from Cam. So Cam has only attempted 395 passes this year while Brady has attempted 537. So when you consider who throws a touchdown more often per completion and attempt then Cam is ahead of Brady.
Couple that with the receiving corps that both are working with. Cam had Kelvin Benjamin, who was lost before the season and honestly nothing outside of Greg Olsen. Meanwhile, Tom spent a large portion of the year with Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis, and crew. Once Brady lost Edelman and Lewis then the Patriots began to lose. So when the playing field leveled with Cam than Brady fell below.
While the name might say Brady, it is hard to look at a scenario in which Cam Newton is not the NFL MVP. He is done the most in the league with arguably the least in the league. That about says it all and let’s see if he can wrap the bow around a perfect season.