NFL's MVP contenders

The race for the NFL's Most Valuable Player award has a twist this year: There's actually an interesting late-season discussion for the first time since 2005, writes Y! Sports' Jason Cole.

Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos passes during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Baltimore Ravens v Houston Texans

HOUSTON, TX- OCTOBER 21: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans before playing against the Baltimore Ravens on October 21, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texas won 43 to 13. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) reacts after sacking San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Houston Texans v Detroit Lions

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions during a Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Houston won the game 34-31. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

New England Patriots v New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates his touchdown pass to Julian Edelman in the second quarter against the New York Jets on November 22, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 18 : Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers yells to his teammates during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens on November 18, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Os melhores running backs da NFL

100% recuperado de lesão no joelho, Adrian Peterson é o líder em jardas na NFL, com 1236, e a principal arma ofensiva do Minnesota Vikings. Em 2012, o running back já marcou sete touchdowns e é o primeiro da Liga em jardas pelo chão.

St Louis Rams v San Francisco 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Linebacker Aldon Smith #99 of the San Francisco 49ers salutes the crowd on Veteran's Day after sacking quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of St. Louis Rams in the second quarter on November 11, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The teams tied 24-24 in overtime. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, IL- OCTOBER 22: Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears reacts after the Bears recovered a fumble against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter on October 22, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)