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Week 5 NFL MVP Power Rankings

October 9, 2012

Football, MVP Power Rankings, NFL

With most teams having played 5 games so far this season, we may not yet have a grasp on the team as a whole. The Texans and Falcons have the best records, but can they continue? The Saints and Packers have both started real slow, but can they bounce back? While we’ll have to wait to get a grasp on the team as a whole, getting a grasp on the best players though isn’t as hard and so far there has been some great players in the NFL. Here’s the Week 5 NFL MVP rankings.

1. Matt Ryan, Last Week: 1

It’s no fun to keep putting Matt Ryan at the top of this list, but he’s the clear MVP so far this year. He’s thrown for 1,500 yards so far this year with 13 TD’s and only 3 INT’s. He’s the leader of his undefeated Falcons team and he’s helped them come from behind several times already this year. This is Matt Ryan’s breakout year and people are noticing.

2. Tom Brady, Last Week: 2

While his team is getting back on the level we’re used to seeing them play, the performance of Tom Brady is also back on that level. Brady picked apart the Broncos defense in Week 5 for 223 yards and a TD. He’s still only thrown 1 INT this year with 8 TD’s, something most QB’s can’t say. Brady is playing as great as ever despite missing one of his favorite targets, Aaron Hernandez.

3. Eli Manning, Last Week: 3

Another Giants win and another great game from Eli Manning. Even though they got a great effort from the running game for the first time this year, it was still Manning who lead the Giants to the win over the Browns with 3 TD passes to Victor Cruz.

4. Aaron Rodgers, Last Week: 6

The Packers were shocked this week against the Colts, but Aaron Rodgers still had a great game. He threw for 3 TD’s and 1 INT and in the first half it looked like the Packers were going to run away with this game. The Packers fell at the hands of Andrew Luck and this statement game from the Colts, dropping them to 2-3. If they came out with a couple more wins though, we’d be appreciating the season that Aaron Rodgers is having again. Not quite his 2011 MVP season, but he’s still having a great year.

J.J. Watt5. JJ Watt, Last Week: 9

Much like Matt Ryan being the clear leader for MVP, JJ Watt is the clear leader for the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012. Not only does Watt lead the league in sacks with 8.5, but he’s also close to the lead in a category you wouldn’t expect for a defensive player. If you watched the Texans play the Jets last night, you would have seen Watt swatting away many balls on the defensive line. After last night, he has 8 passes deflected this year which is only 2 behind the league leader Tim Jennings and ahead of defensive backs like Ed Reed and Cortland Finnegan. Watt makes a bigger impact than anybody else in the league on the D-Line, and is definitely valuable to this elite Texans defense.

Ben Roethlisberger6. Ben Roethlisberger, Last Week: 4

Big Ben’s Steelers had the week off, but his performance so far this year has been amazing. Usually Big Ben has been the type to win ugly and come through in the clutch, but there’s nothing ugly about the 8 TD’s and one INT he’s had so far this year. I wouldn’t expect it to stop anytime soon either, with matchups against the Titans, Bengals and Redskins in the next three weeks.

Jamaal Charles7. Jamaal Charles, Last Week: 7

Runningbacks don’t gain as much attention as QB’s unless they’re Adrian Peterson or MJD. What Jamaal Charles is doing this year after major ACL surgery though is incredible, especially as a part of an awful Chiefs offense. Charles got it done against a great Ravens defense too this week, and with Brady Quinn possibly coming in for the Chiefs at QB the load is going to be on his shoulders.

8. Joe Flacco,  Last Week: 5

I’m not sure there is a more frustrating player, especially at QB, than Joe Flacco. He’s thrown for 380 yards and 3 TD’s this year in a game against the Patriots, and then can’t even sniff the 200 yard mark in a 9-6 win against a below average Chiefs defense. Flacco shows signs of brilliance that put his name on this MVP list, but then he has weeks like this one where he drops because of poor performance. He’s the model of inconsistency at the QB position, and has been for most of his career to this point.

Arian Foster9. Arian Foster, Last Week: Unranked

It’s nothing out of the ordinary to see great play from Arian Foster, who has been consistently one of the best backs in the league since he joined the NFL two years ago. He ran for 152 yards this week against a good Jets defense, and now is second in the league with 532 yards to go along with 5 TD’s.

10. Tim Jennings, Last Week: 10

With the Bears defense playing so well there are several players who are key reasons to the success. The Bears have some great players such as Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, but Tim Jennings has been an incredible CB this season. He leads the league in both INT’s and passes deflected and deserves to get more attention with the rest of the guys on the Bears D.

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