Run 'N' Shoot: Newton is MVP Favorite
Run 'N' Shoot: Newton is MVP Favorite

This article is part of our Run 'N' Shoot series.

As we enter Week 12, the best team in the NFL is ... (drumroll please) ... the Carolina Panthers! Not only is their record the best, but as Patriots offensive players fall one by one, they're the team I'd pick to win any game on a neutral field. You disagree? Who would you choose to beat them?

After Carolina's Thanksgiving Day beatdown of the Cowboys and a near-shutout of Dez Bryant, Josh Norman has the DPOY Award all but sewn up. A month ago, I thought the Cam Newton MVP talk was silly, but he has to be the favorite to win at this point, particularly if the Panthers manage to go 16-0. I'd still bet against the unbeaten season, but who's going to beat them: New Orleans? Atlanta (twice)? The Giants? Tampa? Carolina's most likely obstacle is sewing up home field early and deciding to rest in Weeks 16 and/or 17.

Denver-New England was arguably the 2015 Game of the Year. There are so many juicy takeaways here, but perhaps my favorite is the obvious difference in the Broncos' running game with Brock Osweiler under center. Obviously, his ability to stretch the field vertically has opened up running lanes. If I were a Denver fan, I'd revolt if Peyton played another game this year.

Remember the RB splits in Denver with Peyton vs. Brock when you go to draft Todd Gurley in 2016. No matter how talented the back, it's hard to pile up yards

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Mark Stopa
Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.
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