CFC NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

1. Houston Texans, Last Week: 1

2. Atlanta Falcons, Last Week: 2

3. San Francisco 49’ers, Last Week: 3

4. New England Patriots, Last Week: 7

5. Chicago Bears, Last Week: 8

6. Baltimore Ravens, Last Week: 4

7. New York Giants, Last Week: 10

8. Pittsburgh Steelers, Last Week: 11

9. Green Bay Packers, Last Week: 5

10. Arizona Cardinals, Last Week: 6

11. Minnesota Vikings, Last Week: 14

12. Denver Broncos, Last Week: 8

13. Philadelphia Eagles, Last Week: 12

14. San Diego Chargers, Last Week: 13

15. St Louis Rams, Last Week: 22

16. Dallas Cowboys, Last Week: 16

17. Detroit Lions, Last Week: 17

18. Seattle Seahawks, Last Week: 20

19. Cincinatti Bengals, Last Week: 15

20. Washington Redskins, Last Week: 19

21. Indianapolis Colts, Last Week: 31

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Last Week: 21

23. New Orleans Saints, Last Week: 28

24. Buffalo Bills, Last Week: 18

25. Miami Dolphins, Last Week: 27

26. New York Jets, Last Week: 24

27. Carolina Panthers, Last Week: 23

28. Oakland Raiders, Last Week: 26

29. Tenneessee Titans, Last Week: 25

30. Kansas City Chiefs, Last Week: 29

31. Jacksonville Jaguars, Last Week: 30

32. Cleveland Browns, Last Week: 32

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CFC Week 5 NFL MVP Power Rankings

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.

CFC Week 4 NFL MVP Power Rankings

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.

Ben Roethlisberger4. 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.

Jamaal Charles7. 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.

Marshawn Lynch8. 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.

J.J. Watt9. 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.

CFC NFL Power Rankings Week 5

1. Houston Texans, Last Week: 1

2. Atlanta Falcons, Last Week: 2

3. San Francisco 49’ers, Last Week: 3

4. Baltimore Ravens, Last Week: 6

5. Green Bay Packers, Last Week: 5

6. Arizona Cardinals, Last Week: 8

7. New England Patriots, Last Week: 9

8. Denver Broncos, Last Week: 7

9. Chicago Bears, Last Week: 10

10. New York Giants, Last Week: 4

11. Pittsburgh Steelers, Last Week: 11

12. Philadelphia Eagles, Last Week: 14

13. San Diego Chargers, Last Week: 15

14.Minnesota Vikings, Last Week: 22

15. Cincinnati Bengals, Last Week: 23

16. Dallas Cowboys, Last Week: 12

17. Detroit Lions, Last Week: 16

18. Buffalo Bills, Last Week: 13

19. Washington Redskins, Last Week: 24

20. Seattle Seahawks, Last Week: 17

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Last Week: 18

22. St. Louis Rams, Last Week: 30

23. Carolina Panthers, Last Week: 26

24. New York Jets, Last Week: 19

25. Tennesee Titans, Last Week: 20

26. Oakland Raiders, Last Week: 25

27. Miami Dolphins, Last Week: 29

28. New Orleans Saints, Last Week: 21

29. Kansas City Chiefs, Last Week: 27

30. Jacksonville Jaguars, Last Week: 28

31. Indianapolis Colts, Last Week: 31

32. Cleveland Browns, Last Week: 32

CFC Week 3 NFL MVP Power Rankings

With another week full of great games and referee controversies, there’s lots to talk about around the league. In this weekly article though, we’ll focus on the players who are playing above the competition and are the favorites to win the MVP. Here’s my Week 3 MVP Power Rankings:

1. Matt Ryan, Last Week: 1

Matt Ryan was at the top of my rankings last week, and he put in another great performance this week to stay there. His team took care of a good Chargers team while Ryan threw for 275 yards and 3 TD’s. Not everyone is buying into the hype around the Falcons yet, but if Matt Ryan keeps playing at this level this team is among the best in the league. While his team is establishing themselves as one of the best in the league, Matt Ryan may be doing the same thing.

2.  Eli Manning, Last Week: 7

Eli Manning jumped into my rankings last week after his 500 yard performance against the Buccaneers, but what he did this week against Carolina may be even more impressive. He picked apart the Panthers defense while playing without key players on offense. The Panthers may not have the best defense in the league, but Manning looked impressive for the second straight week and has his Giants back at a winning record.

Ben Roethlisberger3. Ben Roethlisberger, Last Week: Unranked

Ben Roethlisberger made a huge jump this week, as he wasn’t even ranked last week but is having a great year. The Steelers may be 1-2, but Roethlisberger has thrown for 904 yards, 8 TD’s and only 1 INT so far this year. Usually Ben has had a reputation of winning ugly, but so far this year he’s played great without much success in the win column.

4. Tom Brady, Last Week: 2

Tom Brady dropped this week, but he didn’t have a bad week. He threw for over 200 yards and a TD in a loss against a good Ravens D. Brady has been more consistent than anybody in the NFL though and everybody knows he’ll continue to play well, which always keeps him in the race for the MVP award.

5. Aaron Rodgers, Last Week: 3

Aaron Rodgers also didn’t have a great week, but a big reason for that was the constant pressure that the Seahawks put on him when he dropped back to pass. He lost in the end on a controversial call as we all know by now, but there’s no excuse for his drop. He’s playing good, but not like the MVP we saw last year.

6. Joe Flacco, Last Week: 9

Joe Flacco is extremely inconsistent, but he sees himself get another big jump in the MVP race this week due to another great performance. He may have been playing a weak Patriots secondary, but you can’t take anyway the great performance that Flacco and his WR Torrey Smith put on.

Jamaal Charles7. Jamaal Charles, Last Week: Unranked

Speaking of great performances, I hope everyone realizes Jamaal Charles is back. He was one of the best up and coming RB’s before he got hurt, and his performance in Week 3 proves he’s pretty close to that form. Charles had 33 carries for 233 yards against the Saints in Week 3. While he obviously won’t be doing that every week, it proves he can again carry the load and has the same explosiveness that made him great before his injury.

8. Robert Griffin III, Last Week: 6

As the weeks carry on it seems like defenses are adjusting to RGIII. He’s still playing well and is a dual threat, but his team is losing and he is struggling. He’s still above expectations for a rookie QB, but he’s dropping in the MVP race as the weeks go on.

Maurice Jones-Drew9. Maurice Jones-Drew, Last Week: Unranked

I was somebody who thought that Maurice Jones-Drew was going to have a down year after his holdout, but it seems like MJD is out to prove me and everybody else who thought that wrong. MJD went for 177 yards in Week 3 and is sitting behind Charles on the rushing leaders.

10. Clay Matthews, Last Week: 5

Clay Matthews only had half a sack in the Packers loss, but still leads the league in sacks. As I’ve been saying with him, he’s going to need to break the sack record to have a chance at the MVP award and this setback won’t help. Although with the way he was getting to the QB in the first two weeks, it still wouldn’t be a big surprise.

CFC NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

1. Houston Texans, Last Week: 2

2. Atlanta Falcons, Last Week: 3

3. San Francisco 49’ers, Last Week: 1

4. New York Giants, Last Week: 6

5. Green Bay Packers, Last Week: 4

6. Baltimore Ravens, Last Week: 9

7. Denver Broncos, Last Week: 5

8. Arizona Cardinals, Last Week: 23

9. New England Patriots, Last Week: 8

10. Chicago Bears, Last Week: 12

11. Pittsburgh Steelers, Last Week: 7

12. Dallas Cowboys, Last Week: 15

13. Buffalo Bills, Last Week: 16

14. Philadelphia Eagles, Last Week: 10

15. San Diego Chargers, Last Week: 11

16. Detroit Lions, Last Week: 13

17. Seattle Seahawks, Last Week: 21

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Last Week: 14

19. New York Jets, Last Week: 18

20. Tennessee Titans, Last Week: 25

21. New Orleans Saints, Last Week: 17

22. Minnesota Vikings, Last Week: 31

23. Cincinnati Bengals, Last Week: 24

24. Washington Redskins, Last Week: 20

25. Oakland Raiders, Last Week: 28

26. Carolina Panthers, Last Week: 19

27. Kansas City Chiefs, Last Week: 27

28. Jacksonville Jaguars, Last Week: 32

29. Miami Dolphins, Last Week: 26

30. St. Louis Rams, Last Week: 22

31. Indianapolis Colts, Last Week: 29

32. Cleveland Browns, Last Week: 30

CFC Week 2 NFL MVP Power Rankings

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.