Early Favorites for the NFL Hardware

We are three-fourths of the way through the NFL season. Not only are the playoffs starting to come into focus, but the races for MVP, Coach of the Year and Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year are heating up.

Read through the five candidates below for MVP and cast your vote in the poll on the left-hand side of the page. You will be forwarded to the next page, asking for your take on the Offensive Player of the Year. Continue through the four awards and see how your votes compare to the rest of SportsNation.

Brett Favre
There seems to be a permanent spot set aside for Favre every year when it comes to MVP talk. This season he leads the NFC in completions and is second in touchdown passes and passing yards. The Packers have already won the NFC North and are in the running for homefield advantage in the NFC.

Rich Gannon
With 3,877 yards passing in 12 games, Gannon is on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season passing record of 5,084 yards. Gannon has nine 300-yard games, tying the NFL record and has thrown 23 TDs and only nine INTs.

Priest Holmes
The numbers or Holmes are mind-boggling. With 1,956 yards from scrimmage, Holmes is on pace to break Marshall Faulk's record (2,429). With 22 touchdowns, Holmes is also on pace to break Faulk's single-season TD record (26).

LaDainian Tomlinson
Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer built his game plan around Tomlinson and he hasn't been disappointed. L.T. has the Chargers in a tie for first place in the AFC West thanks to his 1,318 yards rushing and team-leading 60 receptions.

Michael Vick
In his first full season as a starter, Vick has turned the Falcons (8-3-1) into one of the NFL's most surprising teams. Not only is he lighting up scoreboards with his throwing, he is the team's second leading rusher, with 648 yards rushing and has scored eight TDs on the ground.