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NFL Power Rankings: Ranking the NFL's Most Valuable Players

Michael KimbleContributor IIIOctober 19, 2016

NFL Power Rankings: Ranking the NFL's Most Valuable Players

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    The defending NFL MVP has gotten off to a great start, leading his team to 5-1 while throwing for 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. And while Brady has already doubled his interception total from last year, he is still playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the league, as he continues to lead his offense to monstrous numbers.

    If Brady keeps this up, he may be celebrating his second consecutive MVP. But there is still one man standing in his way...

10. Maurice Jones-Drew

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    Without Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars would have the worst offense in the NFL. Jones-Drew is clearly the player that makes Jacksonville's offense move, especially this year, with starting receiver Mike Sims-Walker and former starting quarterback David Garrard no longer with the team.

    The passing game for the Jaguars has suffered as a result, as they are forced to rely on rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert and a handful of mediocre receivers.

    Jones-Drew is the playmaker on that offense and gives Jacksonville a chance to win every game. And while his team isn't doing well, he is off to a great start, being the third-ranked rusher in the league.

9. Jared Allen

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    The Vikings' struggles in the past two seasons have caused Jared Allen to be overshadowed. Many may not believe that he actually leads the league in sacks, with 9.5 already on the year.

    While the Vikings defense has struggled this year, partially due to the losses of Ray Edwards and Pat Williams, Allen has put together a quiet yet highly impressive season so far.

    Allen is an emotional leader on the Vikings defense, and perhaps, the only player on the team that has stepped up and had a good season. But as long as his team continues to struggle, he may be overshadowed.

8. LeSean McCoy

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    While the Eagles have had their struggles this year, LeSean McCoy has put together a great season so far. With Michael Vick failing to light up the scoreboard like he did last year, the Eagles are forced to rely on McCoy, who has proven to be the most consistent player on the team and has provided a spark for the Eagles on numerous occasions.

    If McCoy were to go down for any reason, Michael Vick and the Eagles offense would have to figure something out, or else, they would be completely lost, as this year, it isn't Michael Vick scrambling out of the pocket or DeSean Jackson making incredible plays, it's LeSean McCoy running the football better than anyone could have expected.

7. Darrelle Revis

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    Darrelle Revis is commonly seen as one of the best defensive players in the league this year, and he has already made some huge plays this year, recording a fourth-quarter interception in the season opener against Dallas, and on Monday Night Football, returning an interception for 100 yards and a touchdown.

    While the Jets have struggled, Revis appears to be the one constant on that team and is clearly the most valuable player on the Jets roster. With his performance so far this year, Revis has proved that the Jets didn't need to acquire Nnamdi Asomugha to stay in contention.

6. DeMarcus Ware

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    Dallas did a very good job on Sunday holding the Patriots offense to 20 points, and while it was in a losing effort, the defense proved that it can play against one of the NFL's best offenses.

    But one of the main reasons for the success of the Cowboys defense is because of DeMarcus Ware, who is clearly the best player on that defense. He is tied for third in the league with seven sacks and is showing no signs of stopping.

    Without Ware, the Dallas defense just wouldn't be the same. And I do believe that the acquisition of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan could make Ware even better than he's been so far in his career.

5. Fred Jackson

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    Nobody would have suspected the Buffalo Bills would be playing as well as they have this year, and nobody certainly would have expected Fred Jackson to be considered one of the most valuable players in the league. But Jackson has had a career year, ranking second among running backs this year with 601 rushing yards so far.

    Jackson may not be the youngest back, but he is certainly playing like one of the best, and while the entire Bills offense has stepped it up this year, including quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, this offense just wouldn't be the same without the power running of Fred Jackson. If he continues to do what he's been doing, the Bills could be playoff bound.

4. Calvin Johnson

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    The 5-1 Detroit Lions are another surprise this season, but Calvin Johnson playing well is not. However, the numbers he has racked up are astounding, as he has already caught nine touchdown passes on the year, many of which were done in incredibly impressive fashion.

    Calvin Johnson is one of the most athletic and gifted receivers in the league, and so far, he has been playing like it. He has given the Lions a spark that has made them more successful than they've been in 55 years, and if he keeps this up, he'll be the front-runner for NFL MVP.

3. Darren McFadden

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    The Raiders are 4-2 and are one of the more improved teams in the league. However, much of the reason for this improvement comes from running back Darren McFadden, who is the highest-ranked running back in the league this year.

    McFadden has covered up some gaping holes of this Raiders offense who lacked an explosive passing game with mediocre quarterback Jason Campbell at the helm. However, McFadden's running game has helped make this offense much more powerful than people expected. It is no question that, without McFadden, this Raiders team wouldn't be where they are now, which makes him another clear favorite for MVP if he continues to play lights out.

2. Tom Brady

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    The defending NFL MVP has gotten off to a great start, leading his team to 5-1 while throwing for 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. And while Brady has already doubled his interception total from last year, he is still playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the league, as he continues to lead his offense to monstrous numbers.

    If Brady keeps this up, he may be celebrating his second consecutive MVP. But there is still one man standing in his way...

1. Aaron Rodgers

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    ...the defending Super Bowl MVP.

    Aaron Rodgers has played like the best player in the NFL, racking up 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions, two of which were tipped passes in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided.

    Rodgers has proven all of his doubters wrong, as he has led this Packers team to a 6-0 record, and as of now, show little signs of stopping. It is clear that Rodgers is the leader of this offense, and his ability to be both a pocket passer and a mobile quarterback at the same time makes him a duel threat.

    The Packers have something great in Aaron Rodgers, and he will only be getting better as he enters the prime of his career.

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