NFL MVP Power Rankings: Week 2

September 18, 2012

Football, MVP Power Rankings, NFL

In Week 1, there was plenty of performances in the NFL that we didn’t know whether they were fluky or not. While we still don’t know for sure, we’re starting to get a feel for who are playing great football. While it may be too early for some people, it’s never too early for MVP talk here. Every week, I rank the MVP leaders in a power rankings form. You can read the Week 1 power rankings here, but below is my MVP Power Rankings for Week 2.

1. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons. Last Week: 2

At #2 on my rankings last week, Matt Ryan continued his great play and his Falcons got another big win over the Broncos. Ryan has played great and has his team in a good position as a contender. The rest of the league may be taking notice of the rising play of Matty Ice too.

2. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots. Last Week: 1

I still love Tom Brady as one of the top MVP candidates all year, but he had to drop a spot with the great play of Ryan and his teams disappointing game against the Cardinals.  Brady threw for a TD and INT in Week 2 to go with the 2 TD’s he threw in Week 2. Some Patriots fans may be freaking out about the loss, but Brady and the Pats should be fine.

3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers. Last Week: 3

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to their first win of the season, but Rodgers himself didn’t look that great. Sure, it’s nitpicking because we’re used to seeing this guy do so well but his 85.3 QB rating and 1 INT aren’t what we’re used to. Either way, Rodgers is still one of the favorites to win the MVP.

4. CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills. Last Week: 5

Coming into 2012, CJ Spiller only had 4 career TD’s. He has that many in the first two games of the year, and looks like the player the Bills expected to get when they first drafted him 9th overall in 2010. With Fred Jackson out, Spiller has stepped in and arguably been better. Spiller will lose carries when Jackson returns, but for now he’s tearing up the league and is one of the top candidates for the MVP in this early season.

5. Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers. Last Week: 6

I know it’s a little early to start talking about it, but Clay Matthews is on pace to shatter the single season sack record. I know only two games have been played, but Matthews looks better than ever and many people have come close to the record in the past. If Matthews keeps playing well, he’s got a chance to get the record and possibly becoming the first player in 20+ years to win an MVP award on defense.

6. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins. Last Week: 4

RGIII may have lost this week, but he had another great game. When RGIII was drafted, people said not to expect him to have a rookie year like Cam Newton. They were right, because that would be disrespectful to Griffin. He’s having a better year than Newton and even Michael Vick, who he’s been compared to over and over again.

7. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants. Last Week: Unranked

Eli Manning may have thrown for 3 picks, but when you put up 510 yards you immediately jump into the MVP consideration. People are recognizing Manning now after his second Super Bowl, so if he continues to have a good year and he gets the Giants to the playoffs he has a legitimate shot at winning.

8. Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins. Last Week: Unranked

Nobody thought Reggie Bush would work in Miami. Nobody thought Reggie Bush would be able to put together another year like he did last year. Now it may be time for people to actually recognize what Reggie Bush is doing. Bush ran for 172 yards and 2 TD’s in Week 2, and could be an important part of an otherwise pitiful Dolphins offense.

9. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens. Last Week: 8

I have to say, it was nice to see Joe Flacco come back to earth this week. I have nothing against him, I just don’t think he’s an elite QB. Oh and that defense he ripped apart last week just gave up 300 yards and 2 TD’s to Brandon Weeden.

10. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers. Last Week: Unranked

To round out the rankings for Week 2 is Cam Newton, who surprised a lot of people and led his Panthers to a convincing victory over the Saints. Newton still throws too many INT’s, but he’s improved in the air and is still a great running QB.

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