As Week 17 of the 2014 NFL season approaches, the MVP race is still tight as multiple candidates will look to plead their cases with statement games.
Bengals upset Broncos – Cincinnati Bengals upset Denver Broncos, 37-23
Seahawks dominate Cardinals – Seattle Seahawks destroy Arizona Cardinals, 35-6
Giants beat Rams – New York Giants defeat St. Louis Rams, 37-27
There is just one week left in the NFL regular season, so there would normally be a clear cut winner for the MVP award. If not that, it would at least be narrowed down to two candidates.
However, the race is as heated as ever and will be decided by the Week 17 performances of the candidates. This year’s race includes multiple quarterbacks, a running back and a defensive player.
Since there are still division titles and playoff berths on the line, those are likely to be huge determining factors in who picks up steam in the final week of the regular season.
Here are the top five candidates for MVP heading into Week 17.
5. DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Murray was once considered to be the frontrunner for MVP, and he has the numbers to back it up while helping lead the Cowboys to their first NFC East title since 2009. He has rushed for a league-leading 1,745 yards and 12 touchdowns while gaining 4.7 yards per carry. The Cowboys running back has also added 54 receptions for 395 yards.
After losing fumbles early in the season on multiple occasions, Murray has corrected this problem and continued to plow through defenses. Murray has slowed down lately with just one 100-yard game in his last four games, but he played with a broken hand against the Indianapolis Colts while scoring a touchdown. His cooling off and the quality play of quarterback Tony Romo will make it hard for him to take home MVP honors though.