Rank 'Em: NFL MVP Candidates

Created: October 13, 2009, 11:04 AM

Where does Kyle Orton rank?

How do you size up the NFL MVP race?

For a team that few expected to be any good when the season began, the Broncos are churning out MVP candidates almost as quickly as they're running off wins. Kyle Orton solidified his place in the race with a late drive against the Patriots, but even after a sack-less day, Elvis Dumervil remains tied for the league lead. And that doesn't even factor in Brandon Marshall or Brian Dawkins.

It's early, but it's always the right time to argue about which players are out in front of the race for MVP. Rank the candidates below.

  • Jared Allen
    DE, Vikings
    6.5 sacks, 20 tackles
  • Cedric Benson
    RB, Bengals
    Rushing: 487 YDS, 3 TD
  • Drew Brees
    QB, Saints
    108.4 QB rating
    Passing: 9 TD, 2 INT
  • Ronnie Brown
    RB, Dolphins
    Rushing: 443 YDS, 6 TD
  • Jay Cutler
    QB, Bears
    89.3 QB rating
    Passing: 8 TD, 5 INT
  • Elvis Dumervil
    DE, Broncos
    8 sacks, 18 tackles
  • Brett Favre
    QB, Vikings
    104.1 QB rating
    Passing: 9 TD, 2 INT
  • Eli Manning
    QB, Giants
    111.7 QB rating
    10 TD, 2 INT
  • Peyton Manning
    QB, Colts
    114.1 QB rating
    Passing: 12 TD, 4 INT
  • Kyle Orton
    QB, Broncos
    97.4 QB rating
    Passing: 7 TD, 1 INT
  • Carson Palmer
    QB, Bengals
    76.9 QB rating
    Passing: 7 TD, 6 INT
  • Adrian Peterson
    RB, Vikings
    Rushing: 481 YDS, 7 TD
  • Ben Roethlisberger
    QB, Steelers
    102.6 QB rating
    Passing: 8 TD, 5 INT
  • Matt Ryan
    QB, Falcons
    102.9 QB rating
    7 TD, 2 INT
  • Darren Sharper
    S, Saints
    5 INT, 15 tackles