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We bet you thought the 2017 MVP award was going to be Tom Brady’s in a walk. Well, things certainly are getting interesting in this area. To keep up with the progress of at least the top five contenders for the league’s biggest individual prize…

1) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
This year, Wilson has accounted for 3,688 (or 85.7 percent) of the Seahawks’ 4,304 yards. He’s tied with Brady for the second-most passing touchdowns. He’s doing all of this behind a shaky offensive line. So this is about more than being the best quarterback in the NFL. I think it’s safe to say that no other quarterback in the league could lead this Seahawks team and that, without Wilson, the Seahawks would be looking at a disaster of a season.

2) Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Right now this is a two-horse race; that all could change quickly in the NFL, but for now it’s between Russell and Brady. When Brady said that he would play until the age of 45, most laughed but there is no sign of deterioration yet with this great QB. If he can take the Patriots to a 14-2 record, he may win yet another MVP.

3) Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz suffered a loss at Seattle which, in my estimation, doesn’t hurt his MVP campaign. He does need an impressive performance in Los Angeles to stay in this conversation; two straight poor games could kill him but I expect him to play well enough on Sunday to stay in the 2017 NFL MVP race.

4) Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings
Keenum has been the biggest surprise of what has already been a crazy season and if he continues to win, then everybody will have to pay attention to him when it comes time to vote.

5) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
The only non-quarterback on this list and the reason he is on this list is that nobody has as much of an impact on his team as Brown does that’s not a quarterback.

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