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Week 7 NFL MVP Power Rankings

October 24, 2012

Features, Football, MVP Power Rankings, NFL

1. Aaron Rodgers, Last Week: 2

When the season started, Aaron Rodgers had many people wondering what had happened to the defending MVP. Well, I think he’s finally back to his old form.

He threw for 6 TD’s last week against a great Texans defense and then he followed it up with another 300 yard, 3 TD game against the St. Louis Rams.

Aaron Rodgers is back to form and he has himself back at the top of the MVP conversation.

2. Tom Brady, Last Week: 1

While everybody is worrying about the Patriots, Tom Brady is still delivering consistent play for the Patriots. Brady has thrown for 2,000 yards, 12 TD’s and 3 INTs.

Tom Brady may not be putting up spectacular numbers, but he’s playing consistent and isn’t turning over the ball which is good enough to have him at #2 in the MVP rankings.

3. Eli Manning, Last Week: 3

Eli Manning had a bad game against the Redskins this week, but it doesn’t matter what he does in the first 3 quarters when he comes through like he does in the 4th. Manning was missing targets and threw 2 bad INT’s, but when it came time to win the game at the end he delivered once again for the Giants.

The buzz on Eli is as high as ever and if he continues to play at a high level he could have his first MVP award.

4. Matt Ryan, Last Week: 4

Matt Ryan didn’t play this week, but his first half still has him at #4 in the MVP race.

Ryan was the runaway MVP pick for much of the first half of the season until he slipped up two weeks ago. He still has 1756 yards and 14 TD’s as well as one of the best completion percentages and QB Ratings in the league.

He may have had 3 INT’s the last time we saw him, but if he plays the way we’ve seen him for a lot of this year than he can still establish himself as an MVP favorite.

5. Arian Foster, Last Week: 7

The Texans as a team are one of the most complete teams in the NFL, but Arian Foster is one of the reasons they are so good. Foster has 659 yards in 2012 and a league high 9 TD’s.

We’ve known for a couple of years that Foster was one of the league’s best RB’s, but he continues to prove it.

6. Robert Griffin III, Last Week: 10

Much like Cam Newton last year, RGIII is becoming a rookie sensation.

Even though he lost to the Giants this year, RGIII had a great game and Giants DE Osi Umenyiora called him “the best QB they faced this year”.

Unlike Cam last year, RGIII is completing a league high 70% of his passes and his 101.8 QB rating is the 3rd best in all of the NFL.

RGIII is getting it done on the ground, but he’s also very impressive in the passing game.

7. JJ Watt, Last Week: 5

It’s always tough for a defender to win the MVP award, and JJ Watt drops this week after going without a sack.

He’s getting attention for playing on a great Texans defense, but he’s also getting more attention from opposing offenses.

Watt still has an impressive 10 passes deflected, but his sacks will be what wins him the MVP.

8. Drew Brees, Last Week: Unranked

Drew Brees has been lighting up the scoreboard the past couple of weeks, but I refrained from keeping him on the list due to the Saints awful start.

They’ve now won 2 games in a row and Brees is leading them back to being a competitive team.

He’s thrown for 2,000 yards and 18 TD’s, both very close to the league highs. Brees will need to keep up his play to keep the Saints in contention and for him in the MVP race.

9. Ben Roethlisberger, Last Week: 6

Ben Roethlisberger has never been a flashy player and he doesn’t put up great stats like some of the other players on this list.

Big Ben is having a quietly great season though. Roethlisberger has thrown 11 TD’s and only 3 INT’s.

The Steelers are another team that isn’t playing up to expectations, but Roethlisberger is playing like one of the best QB’s in the league.

10. Alfred Morris, Last Week: Unranked

A lot of people still don’t know who Alfred Morris is, but after watching the Redskins this past week he is a very impressive and important part of their offense.

Morris is a big, bruising back who has 658 yards and is quietly second in the league in rushing. Mike Shannahan loves running the ball and the Redskins are doing it well with RGIII and Morris.

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