When you ask us who had the best on field performances, we can normally give you a list of names pretty quickly. When you ask us a more subjective question pertaining to who the most valuable player in the league is? Well you get plenty of discussion, debate and some flared tempers.
The only way for this to be settled was for Neil, Ben, Sam and myself to go away, sit on our own, and jot down our top ten most valuable players. From there, it was all about adding up the votes and producing this article.
It’s as simple as that really, and the results shouldn’t be all that surprising to anyone who has been paying attention to what has been going on in the NFL.
1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
A unanimous selection with Rodgers playing the kind of flawless football that sets him apart from the rest. Just look at his PFF Accuracy percentage where we look at his completion percentage excluding drops, throwaways and spikes. His 81.3% leads the entire league.
2. Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets
His performances this year have been nothing short of breathtaking, with quarterbacks now having a 2.9 quarterback rating when they throw in his direction.
3. Fred Jackson, HB, Buffalo Bills
An third place finish for Jackson, who has done more for the Bills than anyone could have imagined. Jackson is the most elusive back in the league having already forced 32 missed tackles and picking up 3.8 yards after contact.
4. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
It took him awhile to find his rhythm against Pittsburgh, but how much of that was due to a defensive scheme that ensured the Patriots wouldn’t get on the field? Brady is third in our PFF quarterback rating.
5. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
The truth is that Matthew Stafford has been a bit of a letdown this year. This would be more obvious if his massive “get out of jail free card” saved his blushes on more than one occasion. The Lions without Johnson are not a 5-2 team, that much is for sure.
6. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans
When Brees isn’t at the top of his game, the Saints simply don’t have the scheme or players stepping up to make do. Brees has carried this team for a long time now, with his talent making life a lot easier for those around him.
7. Justin Smith, DE, San Francisco 49ers
It’s tough to give this award to one of 49ers defender because there are a number of them playing lights out. But it’s Smith, with the havoc he wreaks up front, that sets the tone. He’s been good for so long it’s taken for granted.
8. Matt Forte, HB, Chicago Bears
Number two in our elusive rating and number one in running back breakaway percentage. Forte is the Bears offense, and it’s amazing they haven’t done more to lock him down yet.
9. Ray Lewis, MLB, Baltimore Ravens
This isn’t just some lifetime achievement award; this is because Lewis is playing like the best middle linebacker in the league right now.
10. Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings
So the Vikings aren’t winning that much. Allen is playing lights out football and doing an exceptionally good job of consistently getting to the quarterback.