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Matt Loede
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Matt Loede

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A knee-jerk reaction


Michael Vick has had an outstanding season, no question, but to anoint him as the league MVP seems a little bit like a knee-jerk reaction after just one tremendous night.

Vick first off has only played in six of his team's nine games, and that has to be taken into consideration. Staying on the field when the team needs you the most is the sign of an MVP, and Vick has to prove he can do it for the remaining seven games.

Then there's that little issue of other players around the league that are having MVP-type seasons. Here's just a few that you have to look at before handing the award to Vick for an amazing six-game run.

1. Philip Rivers - The Chargers QB is throwing to no names, and yet leads the league with a 102.9 QB rating and 2,944 yards with 19 touchdowns. The team hasn't played up to his ability, which there's no doubt about since the club is 4-5.

2. Kyle Orton - Another QB who hasn't had a ton of help with a 3-6 team, but has thrown 16 TD's to five picks, and also has 2,806 yards. He's also played in all nine games.

3. Peyton Manning - No doubt that Manning is one of the best - still, and without him the Colts are a well below .500 team. Manning has thrown for 16 touchdowns with four picks, and has a QB rating of 93.9 throwing to players most fans have never heard of.

4. Roddy White - The Falcons WR is a star, and has seven TD's with 934 yards and 70 grabs, best in the league. The Falcons don't beat the Saints or the Ravens without him, and he has rounded into the best WR in the game today.

So while there's some other players that have to be in the discussion, those are four that should be at the top of the list.

Vick deserves to be mentioned, but let's not just hand him the award till the season plays out.

By Matt Loede  |  November 17, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  | Category:  Michael Vick , NFL , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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At first glance, it is easy to think this is a knee-jerk reaction, but upon further research, (you probably should have done this yourself sir) you would notice the stats back it up.
11 (+4 rushing)
115.1 (115.1 is higher than 102 right?)

Vick has a higher (much) rating and only accounts for 5 less TD's than Rivers in not nearly as much action. Rivers also has 8 picks to Vick's 0

Posted by: strode329 | November 17, 2010 8:54 AM

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