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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (10 points)
Have you watched Peyton Manning this season? The 37-year-old quarterback has been flawless in the first four games with 16 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions on 156 attempts. Oh, and he's completing 75 percent of those attempts. Not to mention, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), his wide receivers, running backs and tight ends have dropped 14 of his throws. He's the NFL MVP right now, and it's really not even that close.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (Seven points)
While Manning has rightfully received all the notoriety during the season's opening month, all Drew Brees has done is throw for 1,434 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions at a completion rate of nearly 67 percent. His latest masterpiece was a 30-of-39, 413-yard, four-touchdown, no-pick thrashing of the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. With Sean Payton calling plays from that ridiculously large play sheet, Brees is back in a big way.
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (Five points)
Funny how this works, isn't it? Three of the league's four best quarterbacks have their teams 4-0 to start the year. Imagine that. Tom Brady worked through some major kinks in early September, but he's just now beginning to hit his stride with a new cast of pass-catching characters. Over 1,000 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions in four games isn't too shabby.
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Three points)
Russell Wilson hasn't shredded the defenses he's faced thus far, but he exudes leadership far beyond his years. And although it's impossible to quantify, it's been integral to the Seahawks' 4-0 start.
Down 20-3 at the half in Houston Sunday, Wilson led a ferocious comeback that included a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that brought his team within one score in the fourth quarter. His defense played tremendously in the second half against the Texans, but Wilson's decision-making and elusiveness outside the pocket were huge in victory.
5. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (One point)
The fact that Alex Smith is the lowest-ranked quarterback here is a testament to how good the four above him were in September. While he hasn't made many "wow" plays, he's executed Andy Reid's offense with decent efficiency and has limited mistakes. Like he did in San Francisco with the 49ers, Smith is using his smarts and erring on the side of caution when placed in any precarious situations, as he understands how strong his defense is.