The 2020 NFL regular season is not even a third of the way complete, but we’re already monitoring the league’s top MVP candidates. Here’s a look at the 10 players best aligned for MVP runs based on the first five weeks of the 2020 campaign.

10. Cleveland Browns edge Myles Garrett: He’s on pace for 19 sacks, and is the only player in the league with three forced fumbles and more than two sacks.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: He’s a triple-digit-rated passer for a perfect team, which has to get you on this list.

8. Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill: Tennessee is 4-0, and Tannehill has nine touchdown passes to one pick following a stellar performance against the previously undefeated Bills.

7. Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff: It’s been a team effort for the 4-1 Rams, but Goff’s early-season success is hard to ignore. He’s the league’s highest-rated passer in one-score games in the fourth quarter, and he’s been hitting on pretty much everything.

6. Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald: Of course, it helps that L.A.’s best defensive player is on pace to record an NFL-record 24 sacks. Donald has also forced a pair of fumbles.

5. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: It’s been an up-and-down season for the reigning Super Bowl MVP, but Mahomes still has a ridiculous 13-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio for a first-place team. That magic hasn’t gone anywhere.

4. Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr: Can’t believe we’re listing Carr here, but the league’s fourth-highest-rated passer outdueled Mahomes on Sunday to move his Raiders to 3-2. He leads the NFL with a 73.1 completion rate, and his wins have come against teams that are otherwise 9-2 this season.

3. Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen: A poor performance in Tennessee hurt his stock quite a bit, but Allen remains among the league leaders right across the board and is still quarterbacking a first-place team. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt based on fire in the first four weeks.

2. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: Looking like his old self, Rodgers has 13 touchdown passes to zero interceptions for an undefeated Green Bay team that was off on a bye in Week 5.

1. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: That game-winning drive late against the Minnesota Vikings really clinched Wilson’s spot at the top. He’s the league’s highest-rated passer, its best deep thrower and improviser and the leader of the only 5-0 team in football.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.