Denver Broncos: Two MVP candidates from each AFC West team

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 27: Outside linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a first quarter sack against the Los Angeles Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 27: Outside linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a first quarter sack against the Los Angeles Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 31: Tyrell Williams #16 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers shake hands during the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 31: Tyrell Williams #16 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers shake hands during the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

Los Angeles Chargers

Offense: Philip Rivers, QB

The obvious choice for the Chargers to be an NFL MVP candidate on offense is Philip Rivers.

Rivers has been an MVP candidate before in his career, but the Chargers have experienced some down years as a team and he’s been unable to carry them through the initial month or two of the season before the team inexplicably explodes in the second half.

If Rivers — and the Chargers — can put together an entire season’s worth of solid football, there’s no doubt he will be in the conversation for league MVP. He’s a high profile player who always puts up big numbers, and if the Chargers are winning, it means Rivers is likely minimizing mistakes, which has been tough for him in the past.

Defense: Joey Bosa, DE

The Chargers have some dynamic defensive playmakers but if anyone on this team is going to generate MVP hype, it’s Joey Bosa.

Bosa is about as dominant as you can ask an edge defender to be, both against the run and as a pass rusher.

He is one of the best bull rushers in the league, and despite not having the elite speed of a guy like Von Miller or Khalil Mack, Bosa’s route to the quarterback is always a quick one.

If he produces like he has been, he’s an MVP candidate, plain and simple. He destroys games.