Week 5 of football is in the books and there has been much to talk about. The reigning NFC champions, the Carolina Panthers, continue to struggle as the season goes by. The Minnesota Vikings are starting to look like they can contend for a Super Bowl with a scary defense. Two rookies have taken America’s Team by the hand and have led the Cowboys to an impressive start and continue to surprise week in and week out. With plenty of football left in the year, here are some of the early candidates for the MVP watch.
Matt Ryan, quarterback, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan keeps torching opposing team’s defenses. Ryan’s hot start continued, as the Falcons took down the undefeated Broncos, who arguably have the best defense in the NFL. Ryan leads the NFL in passing yards with 1,740 yards this season. He’s thrown for 12 touchdowns and has only two interceptions on the season. Ryan is averaging 69 percent of his completions. If Ryan can continue his reign as an elite quarterback Sunday as the Falcons travel to Seattle to take on a deadly secondary, then this man can possibly be this year’s MVP.
Ezekiel Elliott, running back, Dallas Cowboys
The fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has lived up to the hype so far. Elliot leads the league in rushing with 546 yards and has five touchdowns. He’s averaging a whopping 8.9 yards per carry and has continued to run over defenses, of course credit goes to having one of the best offensive lines in the league. Elliott started off slow but it looks like he has found his rhythm. Cowboy rookies Elliott and Dak Prescott have led their team to a 4-1 record and have a big game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben does what he does best, and that’s win games. The two-time Super Bowl champion has been off to good start, leading his team to a 4-1 record. Roethlisberger has 1,496 passing yards and has thrown 15 touchdowns. While throwing only four interceptions on the season, Roethlisberger has completed 65 percent of his passes. With targets such as Antonio Brown and Sammie Coates, Roethlisberger can continue to tack on his season’s stats. If the Steelers can continue to stay hot and win games, then that may lead Roethlisberger into MVP talks.