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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
MVP poll: Calvin Johnson or Matt Stafford?

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

As you're probably aware, NFC West colleague Mike Sando posts a weekly MVP Watch to assess the fluid nature of the NFL's most prestigious individual award. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has stood atop the list for most of this season, but two Detroit Lions players have made appearances from time to time.

Sando's latest post, in fact, puts receiver Calvin Johnson No. 4 on the MVP ballot behind Rodgers, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Johnson is fresh off a career day against the Oakland Raiders. Meanwhile, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is checking in at No. 8.

That order spurred a question for me, and perhaps you as well. So we worked up one of our fancy SportsNation polls to get a collective answer.

In a quarterback-centric league, which Lions player most deserves to be part of the MVP conversation -- Johnson or Stafford? Essentially, you'll need to determine, if possible, which player is more responsible for the Lions' 9-5 record.

As always, comments are welcome.

Have fun with this one.

Related: Stafford talks to ESPN Radio about the Lions' 9-5 start, Ndamukong Suh and his team's chances of reaching the postseason and more.