Each week, Gregg Rosenthal picks his top way-too-early NFL MVP candidates. With seven weeks down, it's almost not early.
1. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
We've had Watt atop our rankings for three weeks. We see the "Watt for MVP" theme gaining steam around the country. The defensive end has a long way to go, but he has a chance for a historic season. He didn't have a sack against the Baltimore Ravens, but he added four tackles, two batted passes (one was picked off) and a quarterback hit. And this was an off week.
2. Eli Manning, New York Giants
We're still waiting for separation from the quarterbacks on this list. For now, we can't argue with the New York Post. No quarterback has played better overall than Eli. His game against the Washington Redskins actually was uneven -- with some inaccurate throws -- but the overall body of work from Manning has been terrific.
3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
4. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
Harvin's four catches for 37 yards and one touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals looks like an off day until you realize he had the majority of Minnesota's passing numbers. It's too bad another kickoff-return touchdown was called back by penalty.
5. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
No one has been better mixing the steady with the spectacular. Griffin actually looked like a rookie for a couple of drives in the second half against the New York Giants, before his epic touchdown drive to take the lead.