The NFL MVP countdown has reached a fever pitch, and as many as nine players are expected to make the list before Sunday’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
But how will the countdown unfold?
Here’s what we know so far.
Who is eligible?
The MVP race will feature four players, with two players guaranteed to make it.
One player will have to play in the first week of the regular season, and the other two will need to make a total of six appearances.
The two remaining players on the list are eligible for the postseason, but the rest of the candidates have to be certified for the regular-season MVP race.
If one of those players is missing from the playoff race, the winner will likely have to start from scratch.
There is no guarantee that the winner of the MVP race can start the season at the position that was vacated by a player who missed the cut.
There are five teams that have a chance to get a player on the MVP ballot: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans.
All five of those teams have already clinched the playoff berth with wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos.
How will the MVP contest work?
In the MVP voting, the top five players on each team will go head-to-head in a head-and-head matchup to determine the league’s MVP.
In the MVP match-up, the teams will be divided into two halves.
One half will play the regular schedule, while the other half will go into the postseason.
The first half of the postseason will be played on Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m.
The second half will be the playoffs on Nov 5 at 7 p.c.
The teams with the most points and total touchdowns will go through the playoffs.