1. Peyton Manning– He’s the frontrunner for the award yet again. He won it for the fifth time in his career and he’s the only five-time league in NFL history. You knew something special would happen with him after he threw seven touchdown passes against Baltimore to open up the season. The fact is that he makes everybody around him much better. I don’t think he will throw 55 touchdown passes again. He would pretty much have to have the type of season he had in 2013 all over again. I look for Peyton to throw at least 3-40 touchdown passes this year and have the Broncos in the playoffs with homefield advantage yet again for the third straight season.
2. Adrian Peterson– Let’s be real. Without him, the Vikings wouldn’t win the few games that they have won. Most people think that MVP awards are given to those who have a great season but what about if you were to take away a key player from their team how would they be? 2012 showed us all how valuable Adrian Peterson is to his team. He’s one of the most complete players in the NFL today. Runs outside the tackles, runs inside, can get around any defense that’s thrown his way and he brings a 100 percent effort to the football field. He’s the best running back in the game today and he’s consistent. He’ll put in his usual numbers at the office. I won’t be surprised one bit if he rushes for over 2,000 yards.
3. Aaron Rodgers– From an importance standpoint of the position, Peyton is 1a and Aaron is 1b when it comes to quarterbacks. We saw how badly the Colts played when Peyton was injured and when Aaron went down in Green Bay last season with his collarbone injury, you saw how much the Packers struggled without him then when he came back for the final game of the season, they just looked like a much different team with him under center. If the Packers are in good position in December heading into January with impressive numbers from Aaron, he could win this award for the second time in his career.
4. Tom Brady– He loses five key receivers from 2012 and comes in with two rookie receivers, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Gronk came back then got hurt yet again. Despite that, Brady led New England to yet another division title and first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. With that being said, it doesn’t matter who you put around him, he will work with what he has and try to make them better. Just imagine what he could do with a healthy Gronk in the line-up and how much better that offense would be. Brady is still one of the best in the business today at the position.
5. Drew Brees– This Saints team will go as far as Drew Brees takes them. You saw that in 2012 when Sean Payton was suspended for a season. Brees has always been a consistent guy in Sean’s offensive scheme. 2013 was another stellar season. 39 touchdown passes, 5,162 yards passing and he completed nearly 69 percent of his passes. If he can lead the Saints to a division title and they can get a good seed in the NFC playoffs, he can win this for the first time in his career.