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Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff December 7, 2010 02:26 PM
Tony's Top 5
Candidates for the NFL MVP Award
Clay Matthews, Packers. In the interest of fairness, we felt compelled to include one defensive player on the list. Matthews has been an absolute beast in Green Bay this year. Yes, the Pats could have had him.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers. OK, now back to reality. The last 25 NFL MVPs have been a quarterback or running back. Eighteen of those have been quarterbacks. Rodgers has been one of the best in the NFC.
Matt Ryan, Falcons. Along with the Patriots, the Falcons have the best record in the NFL. Seemingly, a week does not pass without a fourth-quarter, come-from-behind win orchestrated by Matty Ice.
Michael Vick, Eagles. Beyond being a great story, Vick has been the second-best quarterback in the league this season. Take him away and the Eagles look rather ordinary. With him, might they be in Dallas?
Tom Brady, Patriots. Let's be honest. If someone more ordinary were the quarterback of this team, the Pats might be, say, 7-5. Maybe even 6-6 or worse. But with Brady, they're now Super Bowl favorites.
Tony's Top 5
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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