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Debate between Rodgers and Watt defined MVP vote in 2014

Aaron Rodgers earned his second NFL MVP award in 2014 despite a swell of support for J.J. Watt, who received the most votes for a defensive player since Lawrence Taylor won the award in 1986.

With the 2015 NFL season already right around the corner, here’s a look at how the AP voters determined last season’s MVP.

Aaron Rodgers (31 votes)

Tom Pelissero — “Any argument for Watt leans on his ability to keep the Texans in the hunt amidst their quarterback issues. But that’s the problem with voting for him over Rodgers or, in my opinion, several other quarterbacks this season. That position controls everything, and not even the best defensive player of a generation can supersede it. Watt seems to make two or three high-impact plays every game—which is incredible—but the QB has a chance to impact the game every play he’s on the field, both before and after the snap.”

Paul Domowitch — “One of the easier MVP decisions in recent years. His passing numbers and the impact he had on the success of his football team trumped my other considerations — DeMarco Murray and Tom Brady.”

Jenny Vrentas — “I felt like he was the player who made the greatest contribution toward getting his team wins.”

Peter King (0.5 vote) — “Quarterbacks inherently have more value than any position on the field, Rodgers clearly lifted Green Bay all season and particularly through some agony Sunday to win the division and clinch a playoff bye; this season rivals his previous MVP year in 2011 (14-1, 45 touchdowns, six interceptions). He didn’t throw an interception at home all season.”

Jim Corbett

Jarrett Bell

Mark Craig

J.J. Watt (13 votes)

John McClain — “If Rodgers had a record-breaking season like Manning in 2013, I would have voted for him. He was exceptional, of course, but he didn’t have a season for the ages, perhaps the greatest in history at his position. Watt did.”

Steve Cohen — “As I look at every starter in the NFL I see one player who stands alone as the dominant player at his position and that’s why J.J Watt gets my vote for MVP. He also had 32 points—for a defensive player! From his team-inspiring pre-game speeches to his lead by example play on the field for a rebuilding team and a first-year head coach, J.J Watt should be the first defensive player since Lawrence Taylor (1986) to win the league’s MVP.”

Ira Kaufman —  “I thought he had a season for the ages and there’s no way the Texans were a 9-win team, based on the talent around Watt. Rodgers was outstanding, but Watt was a force from Week 1 and never let up, despite a minimal contribution from No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney.”

Peter King (0.5 vote) —  “[Watt’s] 20.5 sacks come through more traffic than his pass-rushing peers, because 3-4 ends don’t have the same pass-rushing freedom that 3-4 outside ’backers do. I am bastardizing the word “value,” I understand. But I simply have to recognize one of the great and most unique years an NFL player has ever had, the way it should be.”

Ron Borges

DeMarco Murray (2 votes)

Rick Gosselin — “The commitment to the run and Murray’s legs were the difference between a Cowboys team that was 8-8 in 2013 and one that shared the NFL’s best record one year later.”

Clark Judge — “He single-handedly changed the personality of this team and lifted the pressure from Tony Romo. Result: Dallas wins a division. Who says running backs don’t matter?”

Tony Romo (2 votes)

Charean Williams — “Best season of any QB, the most important position in football. But it’s hard for me to argue against Watt. He was phenomenal. I would bet on Watt to become the third defensive player ever to win the MVP. He is that good.”

Bobby Wagner (1 vote)

Tom Brady (1 vote)

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Oddsmakers Give Peyton Manning the Preseason Edge for 2013 MVP

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Peyton Manning edged Aaron Rodgers as the favorite for the 2013 NFL MVP award, according to Sportsbook Bovada’s recently released odds. Quarterbacks predictably take nine of the top 10 spots, only making room for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who took home the 2012 award after rushing for more than 2,000 yards.

For my money, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (15/1), Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (33/1) and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (66/1) have the most intriguing odds.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning: 5/1
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: 13/2
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: 10/1
Saints quarterback Drew Brees: 10/1
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson: 12/1
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: 12/1
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan: 15/1
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III: 18/1
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson: 18/1
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck: 25/1
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson: 25/1
Giants quarterback Eli Manning: 25/1
Texans running back Arian Foster: 33/1
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: 33/1
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: 33/1
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford: 33/1
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick: 33/1
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo: 33/1
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub: 40/1
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt: 40/1
Titans running back Chris Johnson: 50/1
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco: 50/1
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch: 50/1
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers: 50/1
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler: 66/1
Ravens running back Ray Rice: 66/1
Redskins running back Alfred Morris: 66/1
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles: 66/1
Bears running back Matt Forte: 66/1
Falcons running back Steven Jackson: 66/1
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin: 66/1
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton: 75/1
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith: 75/1
Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman: 75/1
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford: 75/1
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson: 100/1
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall: 100/1
Lions running back Reggie Bush: 150/1

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SportsNation casts vote for Peterson

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ESPN asked. America answered.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson received a majority of the fans’ NFL MVP vote (51 percent), beating Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (33 percent) and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (10 percent) by a wide margin.

It’s always revealing to see fan biases by state. Peterson won most states across the country while Brady predictably swept New England. Manning understandably won Colorado, Wyoming and Utah but also Indiana (where he led the Colts) and Tennessee (where he led the Volunteers).

“Someone else” received 6 percent of the vote, with certain states polling higher.

  • Wisconsin, 17 percent: Presumably for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
  • Georgia, 16 percent: Presumably for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan
  • Washington, 11 percent: Presumably for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch
  • Texas, 10 percent: Presumably for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

And in unrelated news, MVP voter Peter King has narrowed his ballot.

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Voters have plenty of MVP options

With the season officially three-quarters over, it’s time to start looking at the NFL MVP race. And it’s actually a race this year, a welcome change after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (deservedly) coasted to victory in 2011.

Three of the 50 Associated Press voters recently tweeted some MVP thoughts.

Six names. No overlap. We’re in for a good finish.

I plan to go into more detail on the MVP candidates in upcoming weeks. But if I had to rank just those six names in my order of preference, it would be Watt, Manning, Rodgers, Peterson, Johnson, Luck.

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Clamor begins for Rodgers repeat

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the overwhelming favorite to win the MVP.

Dozens of analysts from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! and NFL.com made their annual preseason predictions, including for MVP.  Defending MVP Aaron Rodgers received 20 votes. Everybody else received 24 votes combined.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (20)
Michael Silver, Yahoo!
Andrew Brandt, ESPN
Jeffri Chadiha, ESPN
Dan Graziano, ESPN
KC Joyner, ESPN
Mike Sando, ESPN
Adam Schefter, ESPN
Kevin Seifert, ESPN
Bill Williamson, ESPN
Matt Williamson, ESPN
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated
Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated
Tom Mantzouranis, Sports Illustrated
Adam Schein, NFL.com
Steve Wyche, NFL.com
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
Michael Lombardi, NFL.com
Adam Rank, NFL.com
Jeff Darlington, NFL.com
Dave Dameshek, NFL.com

Saints QB Drew Brees (8)
Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Pat Yasinskas, ESPN
Kerry J. Byrne, Sports Illustrated
Andrew Perloff, Sports Illustrated
Jeff Diamond, Sports Illustrated
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, NFL.com
Marc Sessler, NFL.com

Patriots QB Tom Brady (6)
John Clayton, ESPN
Ashley Fox, ESPN
Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Gil Brandt, NFL.com
Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Texans RB Arian Foster (3)
James Walker, ESPN
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
Eddie George, Yahoo!

Giants QB Eli Manning (2)
Paul Kuharsky, ESPN
Dennis Dillon, Sports Illustrated

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (1)
Bill Barnwell, ESPN

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (1)
Peter King, Sports Illustrated

Eagles QB Michael Vick (1)
Ian Rapoport, NFL.com

Bears QB Jay Cutler (1)
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (1)
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com

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Pro Football Weekly picks favorites

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has never won the NFL MVP. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady captured the 2010 and 2007 awards, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won in 2011.

Pro Football Weekly didn’t veer off the beaten path when discussing NFL MVP candidates for the 2012 season in a short video. The three quarterbacks that throw for lots of yards and touchdowns got all the publicity. Here’s a peek at what was said about each candidate:

Aaron Rodgers: (4 votes) “It’s his award to lose.”

Drew Brees: (2 votes) “He’s the guy to calm the tide.”

Tom Brady: (1 vote) “He has better weapons at his disposal.”

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Rodgers beats Brees in MVP landslide

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers received 48 of 50 votes to win the 2011 NFL MVP.

Although he got a little competition late in the year, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers handily defeated all challengers in voting for the 2011 NFL MVP. Rodgers received 48 votes from a panel of 50 Associated Press voters, earning his first MVP award by beating New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (2 votes).

Rodgers compiled 4,643 passing yards, 45 touchdowns and six interceptions and an NFL record 122.5 passer rating in only 15 games (he rested for the playoffs in Week 17). He added 257 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns for the Packers, which finished 15-1 for the first time in franchise history.

It seems fair that Brees received some votes considering his 5,476 passing yards shattered Dan Marino’s single-season record. The Saints finished 13-3 and Brees threw 46 touchdowns against 14 interceptions, but he did attempt 657 passes — 152 more than Rodgers.

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