Ranking the top five NFL MVP candidates for the 2020 season

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The NFL’s MVP Award is typically given to a quarterback, making it more than likely that a quarterback takes home the hardware next season. Over the past 10 seasons, nine of the NFL MVPs were of the quarterback variety.

The last non-quarterback to win the award was Adrian Peterson in 2012 with the Minnesota Vikings. That was the season where Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards (second-most of all-time) and contributed 13 total touchdowns for the Vikings.

Therefore, if someone besides a quarterback is going to win the award, they’ll need to have a historic campaign — and then some. Even after the remarkable season Christian McCaffrey had in 2019, he finished in third for just the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year Award.

Heading into the upcoming season, the majority of the favorites to win the prestigious award reside at the quarterback position. Without further ado, here is a ranking for the top five MVP candidates for the 2020 season.