Now that we’re in Week 4, some of the names on this list are becoming more consistent with their position in these rankings. There’s still players who are having great games and coming into the rankings, but in Week 4 the Top 7 are all returning from last week just in a different order. With that being said, here’s my Week 4 NFL MVP Power Rankings.
1. Matt Ryan, Last Week: 1
He’s been my MVP since Week 2, and nothing has changed yet. Ryan has made a huge step this year and is playing his best football while leading one of the best teams in the NFL to an undefeated record. Ryan leads the league in QB rating along with one of it’s best TD-INT ratio. With 1,162 yards, 11 TD’s and an undefeated team, Matt Ryan is the clear MVP leader through Week 4.
2. Tom Brady, Last Week: 4
When the Patriots are on track, it’s because Tom Brady is playing well. His two down games were also losses, but the Tom Brady that we saw in Week 4 against the Bills was the Brady we’ve come used to seeing. Brady threw for 340 yards and 3 TD’s in his teams beatdown of the Bills, putting his season total at 7 TD’s and just 1 INT.
3. Eli Manning, Last Week: 2
Eli Manning couldn’t finish off the Eagles in Week 4, but his MVP chances are still strong. While his team may be 2-2, Manning hasn’t had an awful game yet which is usually what we’re used to seeing from him. His “bad” game so far this year was against Tampa Bay when he threw 3 INT’s, but I have a hard time calling it a bad game when he also threw 3 TD’s and threw for 500 yards. Eli Manning’s big problem has always been his consistency, but we’ve seen him being more consistent towards the end of last year and the start of this one. If he keeps it up, he should find himself in the discussion for the whole year.
4. Ben Roethlisberger, Last Week: 3
There isn’t much to say because Big Ben had a bye this week, but he stays relatively high because he’s still having a great season. He’s got almost 1,000 yards, 8 TD’s and only 1 INT in 3 games this year.
5. Joe Flacco, Last Week: 6
Joe Flacco played a pretty average game against the worst team in the NFL, but his season stats are still impressive. The Ravens are 3-1 and Flacco has thrown for 1,269 yards, 7 TD’s and 4 INT’s. In the past Flacco has been held back a little bit, but it looks like he is starting to get some trust in this offense and the stats show it. He’s still too inconsistent to be elite though.
6. Aaron Rodgers, Last Week: 5
It’s weird to see Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, so far down on this list but his play hasn’t been what we’ve come to expect from him so far this year. A little over 1,000 yards, 7 TD’s and 3 INT’s while his team is just 2-2, with already more loses than they had all of last year. He also only threw 6 TD’s all of last year, so his 3 are already a high number. They are high standards to hold somebody too, but Aaron Rodgers isn’t the same player he was last year. Still, the unusual Aaron Rodgers is better than many QB’s in the NFL.
7. Jamaal Charles, Last Week: 7
Jamaal Charles is sure making up for lost time. After missing all of last year, Charles now has 415 yards and had a rushing and receiving TD in the Chiefs loss to the Chargers this week.
8. Marshawn Lynch, Last Week: Unranked
It may finally be time for people to accept that Marshawn Lynch is a great RB in the NFL. After his great year in 2011, there were many skeptics who didn’t think he could repeat it in 2012. In 4 games though, he leads the league in rushing and has 2 rushing TD’s. Lynch ended last year really hot and has started 2012 the same way.
9. JJ Watt, Last Week: Unranked
In his rookie year, JJ Watt had 5.5 sacks. So far in 2012 he has a league leading 7.5 sacks for an incredible Texans defense. He’s been terrorizing QB’s and if he continues, could be the Defensive MVP and find himself in the race for the NFL MVP too.
10. Tim Jennings, Last Week: Unranked
It’s hard for a DB to win the MVP award, especially when they don’t have the exposure of a Darrelle Revis or Nnamdi Asomugha. For Tim Jennings though, he’s having a year better than both of them. He’s got a league leading 4 INT’s so far and has been incredible for a great Bears defense.