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NFL MVP forecast: Matt Ryan tops our top 10 candidates

Last week, we noted it was ridiculously early to start monitoring the MVP race. It's one week less ridiculous now. Once you are done here, check out Daniel Jeremiah's excellent quarterly report.

Every MVP candidacy needs a few examples of late-game heroics. Ryan got one out of the way last week against the Carolina Panthers. The guy is blowing up so much, he even got a spot on "The Rich Eisen Podcast" this week.

He can't keep up this pace, can he? 1.5 sacks came on a quiet day for him.

Stevan Ridley is great and all, but he's not the reason the Patriots lead the league in points scored.

The wins haven't shown up yet, but Roethlisberger has a chance for the best season of his career.

That leap that Manning took in 2010 does not seem to be going away anytime soon.

Yes, he's set up for success. Yes, he has been as consistently accurate as any time in his career.

RG3 ranks in the top five in the NFL in yards per attempt, passer rating, interception percentage, yards per carry and rushing touchdowns. He absolutely has transformed the Redskins' offense.

Wasn't this supposed to be Julio Jones' year?

Joe Flacco gets the headlines. Rice leads the league in yards from scrimmage.

ProFootballFocus notes that Jennings has been targeted 33 times, allowing 14 receptions. He has four interceptions and four pass deflections. Jennings tipped a pass that was picked off Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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