Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to throw against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 NFL regular season is just 12.5 percent 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 two weeks of the campaign.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady: The 44-year-old already has 14 deep completions and nine touchdown throws, both of which are league highs for the 2-0 Bucs.

2. Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford: The longtime Detroit Lion looks rejuvenated with a 127.0 passer rating for the 2-0 Rams. Awesomely, he meets Brady and the Bucs this week.

3. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: The league’s highest-rated passer has yet to turn the ball over for a team averaging 29.0 points per game.

4. Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray: He and Derek Carr are tied for the league lead with nine big-time throws at Pro Football Focus, and the high-scoring Cardinals are 2-0.

5. Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr: He and Kyler Murray are tied for the league lead with nine big-time throws at PFF, and the surprising Raiders are 2-0.

6. Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson: The league’s third-leading rusher took down Patrick Mahomes and the juggernaut Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

7. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: The AFC’s highest-rated passer is in the mix with killer numbers, but Jackson got the best of him in Week 2.

8. Denver Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater: The Broncos are 2-0 and Bridgewater has a 120.7 passer rating with zero interceptions.

9. Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry: The reigning Offensive Player of the Year took over late in a huge road victory over the Seahawks in Week 2. He leads the league with 240 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

10. Arizona Cardinals edge Chandler Jones: The Cards are killing it and Jones is on pace for 43 sacks and 34 forced fumbles. That isn’t remotely sustainable, but it gets him on this list.

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.