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Week 8 NFL MVP Rankings

We have a new star at the top of our MVP Rankings and it’s not who you think.

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It’s time for our weekly check-in on the race for MVP.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

However tempting it is to put Peyton Manning in the top spot, Aaron Rodgers is having another phenomenal season with 18 touchdowns and just one interception. Nobody plays the quarterback position better (including Manning) and Rodgers is doing it with virtually no running game right now.

2. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray now has an NFL record seventh consecutive 100-yard rushing game to start the season. He’s the Cowboys’ bell cow and he’s making life much easier on Tony Romo and most importantly that defense. We’re not sure how much longer Murray can maintain this pace but if he does, he will be in MVP contention.

3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning makes greatness look easy. He set a new all-time record for touchdown passes as he threw three in the first half against the seventh-ranked San Francisco 49ers defense. Peyton is an all-time great and there will be a lot of momentum for him to get this award, but he also plays with a lot of great talent on both sides of the ball.

4. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

Rivers had a solid game in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s asked to do more than anyone and he does it without elite talent around him. If the Chargers can overtake the Denver Broncos and win the AFC West, Rivers will likely win the MVP award.

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck is going to be at the top of MVP voting for years to come. It’s simply great to watch a guy figure it all out and he has as much physical talent as just about anyone playing. In 15 years, Colts fans will realize how improbably lucky their team was to go from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck with just one year of Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky in between.

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.

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