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Will Matt Ryan win the NFL MVP?

Matt Ryan, current quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and former Boston College standout, has been on a tear since the start of the 2012 NFL season. He has been so impressive, in fact, that many analysts and fans have chosen him as the season’s first quarter MVP. While this is not a real award by any means, it does give credit to Ryan’s stellar play and success en route to leading the Falcons to a 5-0 start. Through five games, Matt Ryan has earned very impressive numbers:

 

136 Completions

199 Attempts

68.3 Completion percentage

1507 Passing yards

13 Passing touchdowns

3 Interceptions

106.1 Passer rating

 

To offer a comparison, through five games last season, eventual MVP Award winner Aaron Rodgers posted these numbers:

 

129 Completions

180 Attempts

71.7 Completion percentage

1721 Passing yards

14 Passing touchdowns

2 Interceptions

122.98 Average passer rating

 

These figures are comparable, a good sign for Ryan if the MVP Award is his goal for the season. However, if Ryan wants to achieve true success -- a Super Bowl victory -- he must begin to perform as well as he has been during the regular season in the playoffs. In the past, Ryan has struggled on the big stages, and he must overcome these difficulties if he has Super Bowl aspirations in mind. Luckily, Ryan has worked hard during the off-season to improve his game, and he is now reaping the benefits.

Here are some other players that have performed exceptionally well through the season’s first five weeks:

 

Arian Foster, Running Back, Houston Texans (5-0)

Percy Harvin, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings (4-1)

Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots (3-2)

Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Washington Redskins (2-3)

J.J. Watt, Defensive End, Houston Texans (5-0)

 

Good luck to Matty Ice as he continues on through the season, and here’s hoping that he can become the first former Boston College football player to win the NFL MVP Award.

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