The simple fact that Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and LeSean McCoy are the front-runners, for the 2014 NFL MVP would be just another boring article to read. Let’s look at 5 NFL sleeper MVP candidates. It is important that the sleeper candidates should be positions that would win an MVP award.
In no particular order here are the top 5 NFL sleeper MVP candidates.
Matthew Stafford – QB – Detroit Lions
The Lions come into the season with the additions of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron on offense, and Stafford now gets to play under Jim Caldwell, who has the success record as an offensive coordinator and a head coach who led the Colts Superbowl XLIV. The Lions could be in position to win the NFC North this year and Stafford would be the reason they win. Also let’s not forget that he has Megatron Calvin Johnson.
Philip Rivers – QB – San Diego Chargers
Rivers excelled last season under Mike McCoy where he showed a career high 69.5 completion percentage and also threw for over 4000 yards and 30 TD’s where he was one of four QB’s to do that last season. The expectation that Denver and Kansas City come back a little and the Chargers with another year under McCoy should continue to improve, which could make Rivers a MVP.
Andy Dalton – QB – Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton like Rivers was one of the four QB’s with over 4000 yards and 30 TD’s. He also gets to come into an offense which will cut down on his interceptions, by taking advantage of play action passing, and has a defense which is going to allow the Bengals to win a lot of games. Expect Dalton to Green to be that formidable connection for another season.
Eddie Lacy – RB – Green Bay Packers
When Aaron Rodgers is your QB it hard to say that Lacy will have any shot at the MVP. Lacy had a stellar rookie season, where he got the majority of his work in the last 13 games of the season, and the Packers didn’t have Rodgers for 7 of those games. A healthy Rodgers will put the Packers in the red zone a lot more and Lacy proved to be a force scoring touchdown’s with 11 last season. Red zone carries and a chance to excel in the Packers offense will give Lacy a shot at the MVP.
Jay Cutler – QB – Chicago Bears
This could finally be the year for Jay Cutler. Cutler has all the weapons you need around him with Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. An offensive line that gets another year to work together. An improved defense, which should allow Cutler to have the ball in his hand a lot more, and another year with Head Coach Marc Trestman should allow Cutler a shot at the MVP.
There you have it 5 sleeper candidates for the 2014 NFL MVP. Keep an eye on these guys throughout the season to see how they perform.