NFL MVP Watch: Tom Brady, Rookie Lead Week 1 Edition

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Sep 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback

Tom Brady

(12) throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to 2015, where MVP rankings have absolutely nothing to do with what happened in any other season! Name value be damned, this is a week-by-week interpretation of the way things are shaking out.

Simply put: the NFL MVP Watch is dedicated to the race for the 2015 NFL MVP award, not building a shrine to your favorite player’s history.

Some players will make appearances on this list that have nothing more than an outside chance of actually securing the hardware. In turn, outrage will emerge and criticism will follow.

In those cases, the first statement will be reiterated: last season is irrelevant.

This isn’t a set of rankings dedicated to a player’s reputation or what they’ve achieved in this past. This is simply an evaluation of what they’ve done in 2015 and nothing else.

With that out of the way, let’s get down to it: how’s the race for NFL MVP shaping up after Week 1?

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