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J.J. Watt's 2012 season was one for the ages -- he had 20.5 sacks and an astounding 16 passes defended as opposing quarterbacks quailed at the site of him across the line of scrimmage. His stats this season aren't quite as good, but they still place him in the running for the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Has he had a better season than the likes of Robert Mathis or Richard Sherman? Submit your rankings!

Defensive Player of the Year

Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze Burfict

Bengals LB
151 tackles, 8 passes defensed, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble

Lavonte David

Lavonte David

Buccaneers LB
126 tackles, 9 pass defenses, 6 sacks, 5 INTs, 2 forced fumbles

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Panthers LB
122 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 sacks

Robert Mathis

Robert Mathis

Colts DE
49 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

Rams DE
46 tackles, 15 sacks, 7 forced fumbles

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Seahawks CB
34 tackles, 6 INTs

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Seahawks FS
93 tackles, 5 INTs, 2 forced fumbles

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Texans DE
69 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 6 pass defenses, 3 forced fumbles

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Peyton Manning is still on top in Dan Graziano's weekly MVP watch list. Some questioned Manning's ability to perform in cold weather after a sub-par performance against the Patriots, but a four-touchdown game in sub-20 degree weather against the Titans has put a temporary halt to any such doubts. Is Manning the NFL's best player this season?

2013 NFL MVP Watch

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots QB
3,685 yards, 21 TDs, 9 INTs, 60.8 CMP%

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Saints QB
4,107 yards, 33 TDs, 8 INTs, 68.0 CMP%

Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze Burfict

Bengals LB
139 tackles, 1 INT, 1 sack

Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

Chiefs RB
238 carries, 1,162 yards, 10 TDs

Karlos Dansby

Karlos Dansby

Cardinals LB
105 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 INTs

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Lions WR
75 catches, 1,348 yards, 12 TDs

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Broncos QB
4,522 yards, 45 TDs, 9 INTs, 67.9 CMP%

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

Eagles RB
261 carries, 1,305 yards, 7 TDs

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Panthers QB
2,776 yards, 20 TDs, 11 INTs, 62.0 CMP%

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seahawks QB
2,871 yards, 23 TDs, 7 INTs, 64.5 CMP%

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Peyton Manning remains on top in Dan Graziano's weekly MVP watch list. Manning's five-touchdown performance led the Broncos to a crucial 35-28 win over their AFC West rival Chiefs. With 41 touchdowns, Manning has a pretty good shot to break Tom Brady's single-season record of 50 TDs. Is he your choice for MVP?

2013 NFL MVP Watch

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots QB
3,267 yards, 19 TDs, 8 INTs, 60.7 CMP%

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Saints QB
3,794 yards, 29 TDs, 8 INTs, 67.7 CMP%

Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze Burfict

Bengals LB
131 tackles, 1 INT, 1 sack

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Eagles QB
1,791 yards, 19 TDs, 0 INTs, 63.3 CMP%

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Lions WR
72 catches, 1,299 yards, 12 TDs

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Broncos QB
4,125 yards, 41 TDs, 9 INTs, 68.1 CMP%

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

Eagles RB
232 carries, 1,088 yards, 5 TDs

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Panthers QB
2,616 yards, 19 TDs, 11 INTs, 61.7 CMP%

Tony Romo

Tony Romo

Cowboys QB
3,140 yards, 24 TDs, 7 INTs, 64.8 CMP%

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seahawks QB
2,672 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INTs, 64.9 CMP%

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