Top-5 NFL MVP Candidates for 2014
#1 – DeMarco Murray, Cowboys RB
Four running backs have won the NFL MVP since 2000 and they all had record breaking seasons to earn them.
Marshall Faulk (2000), Shaun Alexander (2005), and LaDanian Tomlinson (2006) took turns breaking the TD records with all of them scoring at least 26 TDs. Adrian Peterson (2012) only scored 13 total TDs in his MVP season, but ran for 2,097 yards.
DeMarco Murray has broken Jim Brown’s record by starting the season with 7-straight games on 100 rushing yards. Murray is on pace for 2,086 rushing yards in the 2014 season, which would not quite break Eric Dickerson’s single season record of 2,105 but would still rank among the greatest seasons by a running back in history.
The likelihood of Murray keeping this pace for the rest of the season is unlikely, but through the first half of the season he has been the MVP for the Dallas Cowboys.