NFL MVP award winner – Cam Newton

As the NFL season begins to wind down the question of this year’s NFL MVP looms.NFL

Is it All Pro running back for the Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson?

Perhaps New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?

Though the two previous players mentioned are definitely in the running, I believe the frontrunner should be the Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Newton has been the leader of this team since stepping foot in the locker room after being drafted number one overall back in 2011 out of Auburn.

Newton’s career had started off rocky as the Panthers went the first three seasons without a playoff berth.

Last season, that all changed as the Panthers managed to navigate their way thorugh the dismal NFC South division and clinch a playoff berth with a 7-8-1 record.

This season has been entirely different for Newton and the Panthers, as they not only lead the NFC South, but have the best record in all of the NFL as they head into week 13 of the regular season undefeated.

Many had already questioned the Panthers ability to make it back to the playoffs this season, especially after losing the number one receiving target wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the preseason.

This team has persevered and rallied around their leader Newton.

Newton has been very durable throughout his career missing only two games due to injury, and that has helped him develop into a better overall player in what is now his fifth season in the league.

Statistically speaking, Newton is not exactly having a career year but it comes as no surprise as he only has one dependable veteran in the receiving game tight end Greg Olsen.

The only other options available for Newton are the aging wide receivers Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery, along with rookie Devin Funchess, none of which have proved to be consistent this season.

Newton has the worst pass completion percentage of his career with  57.2 percent completing 190 of 332 pass attempts this season.

Though his completion percentage is low, his passing touchdowns this season are on pace to break his career high of 24 set back in 2013, as he has 20 touchdown passes so far this season with five games remaining.

Newton has another huge dimension to his game and that is running the football as he leads the NFL this season in both rushing yards by a quarterback with 427 yards and rushing touchdowns with seven touchdowns on the ground this season.

Newton has 40 rushing touchdowns in his career.

Newton statistically on paper may not look MVP caliber but he is in my opinion the most vital player to any team this season.

The Panthers run its entire offense through him and he has led them to an undefeated 11-0 to start this season.

Newton has been the guy for the Panthers for years now and now that they have found success I believe Cam Newton should be recognized as the leader of the team.

One of the most dynamic players in the NFL, Newton should be named NFL MVP.

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