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.

Updated: December 23, 2005, 1:12 PM ET

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.


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.
Joe Theismann
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.