NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes said what many Giants fans love to hear: Eli Manning could be an MVP candidate in 2016.
Manning is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career, passing for a career-high 35 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. Dukes believes that with another year under head coach Ben McAdoo's offensive system and improved weaponry, Manning should be able to thrive.
While this may be true, considering Manning to compete for the league MVP award seems like a bit of a stretch. Manning has never received even a single MVP vote during his entire NFL career. He has proven to be a well above average quarterback, but has never put up the gaudy statistical numbers that would likely be needed to take home this award. The likes of Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers have already proven that they can put up such numbers, while all three have led their teams to 15-1 or better regular seasons.
Manning has never been an especially great regular season quarterback. He has led the league in interceptions on three separate occasions, and has never thrown less than ten picks in any season. For Manning to be considered the New York Giants would need to have an exceptional year, likely doubling their win total from a year ago.
Thirteen of the past fourteen winners of the MVP award have been a part of teams with a record of 12-4 or greater. It would be quite ambitious to expect the Giants to reach that plateau considering that they won only 6 games last season.
Manning is setup to have a fantastic statistical season, and the Giants should be a much better team, but Manning’s chances at the MVP award are slim to none.