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Could J.J. Watt Win The NFL’s MVP Award This Season?

Submitted by on October 10, 2014 – 10:00 amNo Comment
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Every year since 1957, the NFL has handed out an award to the Most Valuable Player of the league. And just about every year—save for one year when Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Alan Page won it in 1971—that award has gone to an offensive player. Quarterbacks and running backs have routinely taken home the NFL MVP award—and, hell, even a placekicker (Washington Redskins kicker Mark Maseley in 1982) won it once, meaning that there are just as many kickers who have won the award as defensive players. But this year might be different. Thanks to what he’s been able to do this season, there are some people who think Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt might end up taking the MVP award home at the end of year. But does he have a real chance of doing it?

Sadly, he probably doesn’t. The NFL has put such an emphasis on offense in recent years that there’s a 99 percent chance that the MVP award will once again go to a quarterback this season, just like it did last season when Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning won the award for the fifth time. Quarterbacks have always been the most important players on football teams, but that’s more true than ever today because of the ridiculous offensive numbers that they routinely put up. Quarterbacks are the stars and, as a result, they are given top precedent when it comes to the MVP race. Even when they have “off” games, they still throw for 250 or 300 yards, so they make the strongest cases for themselves.

At some point this season, though, Watt should at least receive consideration for the MVP award based on what he’s doing on the field. He signed a $100 million contract recently, which led a lot of people to believe that he might not be as motivated to perform well on the field. But he has responded by dominating on the defensive side of the ball. He has 26 tackles, four sacks, and two fumble recoveries this season—and has scored three touchdowns (one on offense, two on defense). So he’s having a huge impact and is, hands down, the most impressive player on defense so far this NFL season.

Will that be enough to earn him some MVP consideration? Probably not. He would have to continue to dominate for the entire season and not have any “off” games in order to even be mentioned in the MVP race. But at this point in time, it’s not crazy to think that he could win the MVP award at some point, provided his team start winning some games.

What do you think? Should J.J. Watt be considered for the MVP award? Let us know.

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