Our Fictional Picks for NFC East Division MVP!
With NFL training camps set to get underway in as less as three days, this fun-filled football breakdown on just which player will become 2015 fictional MVP winner in the NFC East will give you some much-needed off season entertainment, while simultaneously helping you narrow the field for your actual NFL Betting and MVP Futures odds wagers.
Let’s start off with what some of these fictional odds might look like before I present my pick on which division superstar will have the most meaningful season in the NFC East this coming season.
With all of this said, let’s get started.
Fictional NFC East Division MVP Odds
Eli Manning +250
While the New York Giants won just six games a year ago and missed out on a postseason berth for the third straight year, it wasn’t Eli Manning’s fault in my mind as the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback had the best season of his career in numerous statistical categories, including completion percentage (63.1) and quarterback rating (70.93).
The three-time Pro Bowler also has the second-best season of his career in touchdown passes (30) and passing yardage (4,410) while throwing the fewest interceptions he’s had in five years. Manning finished sixth in passing yards last season and could be even better with gifted young receiver Odell Beckham Jr. heading into his second season and veteran Victor Cruz returning from a nearly season-long injury. Manning has topped the 4,000-yard plateau in four of his last six seasons and looks like the odds-on-favorite here – if the G-Men can reach the double-digit win mark that is.
Tony Romo +250
Tony Romo completed a career-high 69.9 percent of his passes in 2014 while throwing fewer than 10 interceptions for just the third time in his career. However, I don’t think the often-enigmatic signal-caller is going to repeat the success he achieved last season for one big reason – the loss of starting running back DeMarco Murray. Romo finished 14th in passing yards last season (3,705) while tossing 34 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions, but again, I think the 2015 season will be much more of an uphill battle if the Cowboys fail to find a quality starter to replace Murray.
DeMarco Murray +400
Speaking of Murray, he’s taking his league-leading rushing act to Philadelphia in 2015, but much like Romo and the Cowboys, I think Murray is going to find gaining yards a lot tougher playing behind Philly’s pitiful offensive line.
Murray rushed for a whopping 1,845 yards with the Dallas Cowboys last season and he should get plenty of carries in Philadelphia, particularly with the Birds featuring four absolutely nondescript signal-callers in Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley. I believe Murray will reach the 1,000-yard mark, but there’s no way I see him getting to 1,500 yards this coming season – or making enough of an impact in Chip Kelly’s high-powered offense to in the fictional AFC East division MVP award.
Odell Beckham Jr. +500
One thing’s for sure…if Odell Beckham Jr. has another season that comes close to the stellar campaign that he had as a rookie in 2014, he could win the league MVP award, forget about just the NFC East.
The aptly-named ‘ODB’ caught a remarkable 91 passes for 1,305 yards, not to mention that unforgettable three-fingered Monday Night Football touchdown grab.
With veteran wideout Victor Cruz set for a full return to health, I think Beckham Jr. could be in for an even bigger season than the one he unleashed on defensive backs across the league last season. Hell…I ant to vote for him right now, but hey, that’s just me.
Dez Bryant +500
Superstar wide receiver Dez Bryant also had a fantastic season in 2014 in finishing eighth in receiving yards (1,320) and second in touchdowns scored (16). Unfortunately, Bryant has never endeared himself to the masses with his often head-scratching sideline antics. Anything short of a dozen wins and no Dallas Cowboys player will bag the NFC East MVP.
Alfred Morris +700
Alfred Morris is pretty damned elite, but you’d never know it the way the Washington Redskins foolishly use the best player on their entire roster. Morris has topped the 1,000-yard mark in each of his first three seasons in the league, but his carries have also declined in each of the last two seasons. If pass-happy head coach Jay Gruden doesn’t et a clue and start featuring Morris more in 2015, I think the ax could fall shortly on his brief head coaching career
Robert Griffin III +1000
I had such high hopes for Robert Griffin III when he came into the league as a ballyhooed talent that earned him the right to be drafted second overall behind Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, RG3 has regressed in each of the last two seasons while battling myriad lower extremity injuries. Griffin III started 15 games as a rookie and completed an impressive 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards with 20 TD strikes and just five interceptions, but has looked nothing like that franchise signal-caller in recent times. After making seven starts last season, Griffin III likely has one more opportunity this season to show that he can become the franchise signal-caller the Skins thought he would be when they drafted him.
Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez +1200
I put Philly’s top two quarterbacks together mostly because I believe they’ve got an equally modest chance of cashing in on this award.
The Eagles traded former starter Nick Foles for Bradford, the former St. Louis Rams ‘franchise’ quarterback, but I just don’t see Bradford suddenly turning things around. Now, reports out of the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ say that Bradford may not open the season as the starter and that Mark Sanchez could become Philly’s No.1 signal-caller. Maybe it’s me, but I say it’s always a bad sign when you’ve got two quality backup quarterbacks – and no starter.
My Pick: I’m going with a pick for Eli Manning first and foremost football betting enthusiasts. Manning and the Giants could really contend for a playoff berth in 2015 and I think Manning will be at the very center of their success.
Not only that, but in an NFC East division that now looks a bit watered down, I think it’s quite possible that the Giants could challenge for the division crown – and a spot in the postseason. If all of this happens, Eli Manning could be en route to a third Super Bowl appearance.
Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/its-not-just-about-rgiii-as-redskins-scot-mccloughan-has-proven/2015/07/25/73030ed8-3252-11e5-8f36-18d1d501920d_story.html