Fact or Fiction: Week 16
Will Shaun Alexander win the MVP? That's just one of the issues our experts debate in Fact or Fiction.
Everyone has an opinion about what will happen during the NFL season. And the predictions will prove to be either true or false.
So we've made four bold statements and asked our ESPN experts -- former NFL players Eric Allen and Joe Theismann -- whether they believe the statements eventually will become fact or fiction.
On which side of the fence do they sit? Click on the links below for their answers.
FACT OR FICTION Eric Allen
Fact: Shaun Alexander has had a fantastic season as he attempts to break the single-season touchdown record and he has a shot at finishing with over 1,800 rushing yards. This guy has also led the Seahawks to a fantastic 12-2 mark. He's always been a great running back, but now he's elevated his play to an entirely different level. He's the league MVP.
Fiction: I think Tiki Barber will win the MVP because of the lack of publicity that Alexander receives in Seattle. That's not to say that Barber doesn't deserve consideration for the award because he's had a great season, but Alexander has been a little better. It's a shame that Alexander probably won't win despite being the more deserving player, but sometimes that's how it shakes out.
Fact: The Patriots lost to the Colts earlier this season on Monday Night Football, but they were a different team. They were beset by injuries on both sides of the ball and weren't able to properly execute. Now they are able to put in the defensive schemes they need to properly defend the Colts. They also will be able to get it going with their running game with a healthy Corey Dillon on the field.
Fiction: The Patriots are a great threat to the Colts, but the Chargers are more of a threat because they dominated them this season on both sides of the ball. While the Patriots' defense might give the Colts issues because it's starting to get healthy, the offense would still have problems against this swarming Colts' defense.
Fact: Of the three 8-6 NFC teams (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins), the Redskins are playing the best football by far. This team has reeled off three consecutive wins and is being led by Clinton Portis, who has turned into one of the best backs in the league. Portis knows how to win and knows what's necessary to make the playoffs from his days in Denver and now he's applying all he knows by leading on the field with his great play and keeping the Redskins loose during the week.
Fact: I believe this team will find a way to make the playoffs. It is playing excellent football right now and is starting to pound the football exceptionally well with Portis. Every team has a recipe for success and the Redskins have found theirs and are executing. With a great coaching staff behind it, this team has a great shot at pushing the Cowboys out for the last playoff spot.
Fiction: The Texans already have two good running backs and have a multitude of other needs. If they land the No. 1 pick, they should look into trading down to get other picks so they can rebuild their offensive line and add some defensive pieces. It would be a shame to see them make the wrong pick here and put themselves and Bush in a bad situation.
Fact: The Texans have two good running backs, but they have the chance to dramatically upgrade the position and when a team has a chance to do that it must. Bush has the chance to be an unbelievable player and the Texans would be able to build around the core nucleus of David Carr, Andre Johnson and Bush.
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