Matt Cassel's performance against Tennessee really set the tone that he was for real and he should be in consideration for MVP. Recently in consideration for MVP I'm sure most of you have only heard Michael Vick's name and Tom Brady's name to win the award why not Matt Cassel? Here is a list of the top five candidates for MVP and how they fair up against Matt Cassel.
Troy Polamalu is likely to win the Defensive Player of the year instead of the MVP, but he is still worthy to be on this list. Whenever Polamalu is on the field you better know where he is, because he makes bigger plays more than any defensive player in the NFL. All though Polamalu has missed the past two games this season he has managed to pick off 6 passes (1 for a TD), rack up 62 tackles, 1.0 sack, and a forced fumble with one more game left. If Polamalu isn't in consideration for the MVP he will defiantly be in the race for Defensive Player of the Year.
After Aaron Rodgers's week 16 performance against the New York Giants he earned my respect and earned his way into being an MVP candidate. Rodgers shredded the New York Giants defense for 404 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions two weeks after a concussion. Rodgers is no question one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL with great numbers as well. With one game left Rodgers has thrown for 3,693 yards, 27 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and on top of that he has 335 rushing yards, and has rushed for 4 touchdowns.
3. Michael Vick: Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Vick has been the most fun player to watch in the NFL by far it is just crazy to see how after his absence of football he still has it all. Vick has a rocket arm and has some of the most agile feet in the NFL. I know some of you think Vick should be higher on this list, but no question he will win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Vick has posted up college like numbers he has thrown for 2,755 yards, 20 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and has rushed for 613 yards and 8 touchdowns. Vick has put up those numbers in just starting 11 games and has two more games to go imagine what he could have done if he started all 16 games.
2. Matt Cassel: Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Cassel has completely turned his play around from the 2009 season with dinky numbers last year 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, many Chiefs fans were questioning his future with the team. This year that has all changed Cassel has been the most impressive quarterback in the AFC other than Tom Brady. Cassel is on a team that doesn't even need to throw the ball, but when the Chiefs throw the ball they have one of the most dynamic duos in the NFL in Cassel and Dwayne Bowe. Cassel has not only played well, but he has turned around the Chiefs with a 4-12 record and last place in the division in 2009 the Chiefs have one the AFC West and are division Champions with a 10-5 record and one game left. Cassel's numbers are staggering compared to last year he has thrown for 3,001 yards and has an astonishing 27 to 5 touchdown to interception ratio. With one game left if Cassel has another game like he did against Tennessee he could be number one on this list and many more.
1. Tom Brady: Quarterback, New England Patriots
There is no question that Tom Brady should be number one on this list he is having his best season since 2007 when he led his team to an undefeated regular season, Super Bowl appearance, and 50 touchdown passes. Brady has an NFL best plus 30 touchdown to interception ratio. Brady also leads the NFL's best team record wise and has looked unstoppable recently throwing and handing off to no name players like Danny Woodhead, Benjarvis Green-Ellis, and an old Deion Branch. Brady has shown that he can make plays no matter who it is. Brady's numbers are very impressive throwing for 3,701 yards, 34 touchdowns, only 4 interceptions, and has rushed for one touchdown.