Top 6 NFL MVP candidates
After back-to-back dominant performances over the rival Seahawks (152 rushing yards, 4 total TDs) and Titans (276 yards from scrimmage, 2 total TDs), Gurley has put himself in a great position to win the award. Part of the Rams' resurgence, Gurley leads the NFL in rushing (1,305) and total TDs (19).
Bell, arguably the league's best and most versatile back, is having another stellar season for the 12-3 Steelers. He's third in the NFL in rushing (1,291) and second in yards from scrimmage (1,946).
Ho hum, another MVP-caliber season for Brady. The two-time MVP has led the Patriots to a 12-3 record and leads the NFL in passing yards (4,376) and has thrown for more TDs (30) than any other AFC quarterback.
Even with his season-ending injury, Wentz still leads the league in TD passes (33) and has a chance to easily finish in the top three when the season is over. He's also set the Eagles up with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Are 13 games of brilliance enough? We'll see.
Speaking of injuries. Brown had worked his way into the MVP conversation by having a ridiculous and clutch game against the rival Ravens. A partially torn calf suffered in the Steelers' Week 15 loss to the Patriots likely ended that talk. Still, Brown leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,533), is tied for second in receptions (101) and tied for fourth in receiving TDs (9).
Yes, you're reading this correctly. Keenum has been outstanding in helping lead the Vikings to a 12-3 record. Filling in for an injured Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater, Keenum has taken the reins and thrown 21 TDs to just seven interceptions with a QB rating of 98.1. Not bad for a guy who started the season as an afterthought.