25. Tim Jennings, Chicago Bears
Tim Jennings has opened the season on a real hot streak for the Chicago Bears. He has already recorded three interceptions while also playing solid all-around defense.
24. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys appear on track for another roller-coaster season. The only way Romo gets in the MVP discussion is by consistently playing well. Because of his past, one bad game really hurts the perception people have of him.
23. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Reggie Bush is off to a very impressive start. He's second in the league in rushing yards, behind only C.J. Spiller. The issue for Bush is that he's not going to get many MVP votes playing on a terrible team like the Miami Dolphins.
22. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger always gives the Pittsburgh Steelers a solid performance. However, he just doesn't put up the type of numbers needed to win the MVP award. The only real chance he has is if the Steelers are somehow in the running for the best record. This would help magnify his accomplishments.
21. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Look for Cam Newton to continue climbing up this list. This past weekend, he showed that he's still a dual-threat quarterback capable of putting a lot of points on the board. His ability to run the football is one of the main reasons he'll remain in the MVP race all season.
20. Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals
Calais Campbell has quietly developed into one of the better defensive linemen in the NFL. He's the type of player that both rushes the passer and stuffs the run. His 10-tackle and two-sack performance against the New England Patriots was very impressive. This is the type of production that gets defensive players noticed.
19. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford will put up the type of numbers needed to be considered for the MVP award. However, he'll also have a high number of interceptions. The Detroit Lions are counting on Stafford to carry the offense. He'll get a ton of opportunities to throw the football, but that also means more opportunities to make costly mistakes.
18. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
It's obvious that Hakeem Nicks is one of the more talented wide receivers in the league. He has a chance to work his way into the top 10 if he can show more consistency. However, it's hard to ignore a game in which he nearly gets to the 200-yard mark.
17. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers is another quarterback who needs to improve his consistency. One game he looks great, another he looks terrible. If he plays more like he did against the Tennessee Titans, he'll move up the list.
16. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Victor Cruz rebounded nicely after dropping a few balls against the Dallas Cowboys. Cruz's big-play ability helps him get noticed. Staying in the MVP race has a lot to do with staying in the spotlight.
15. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Despite struggling some against the Philadelphia Eagles, Joe Flacco is in the MVP discussion. It's obvious he has taken a step forward in his development. A lot of that has to do with the fact that he is very comfortable in this offensive system.
14. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles could very well be 0-2 this season if it weren't for LeSean McCoy. He's the most explosive, versatile and reliable offensive player on the roster. McCoy is the guy that stabilizes the offense for Philadelphia.
13. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Anytime a quarterback tops the 500-yard mark, he's going to get noticed. However, Eli Manning also threw three interceptions in the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He needs to cut down on the turnovers if he hopes to be a legitimate candidate for the MVP award.
12. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White is Mr. Consistent, as he has topped the the 1,000-yard mark in each of the past five seasons. The Atlanta Falcons' new up-tempo offense will provide White with even more opportunities to pad his stats.
11. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning's struggles against the Atlanta Falcons hinder his chances at winning the MVP award. However, I'm sure Manning is more worried about fixing the communication issues in the Denver Broncos offense.