The 2021 NFL regular season is just 29.4 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 five weeks of the campaign.

1. Arizona Cardinals QB Myler Murray: The Cardinals are the NFL’s only 5-0 team and Murray’s numbers rank near the top of the league pretty much right across the board. There hasn’t been a remotely off week. The 24-year-old has been consistently awesome.

2. Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen: The high-flying dominant Bills have the highest-scoring offense in the NFL thanks mainly to Allen, who has 14 passing/rushing touchdowns to two interceptions and was heroic in a statement Week 5 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady: The Bucs are tearing it up again and Brady has 15 touchdown passes to go along with zero turnover-worthy plays. He’s absolutely in contention here at age 44.

4. Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson: The league’s best dual-threat quarterback also took down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in a trademark moment, but he’s been phenomenal beyond that as well for a 4-1 Baltimore team.

5. Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: Dallas is 4-1 and Prescott is the league’s highest-rated qualified/healthy passer now that Russell Wilson is hurt. This is a hell of a race.

6. Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford: The rejuvenated veteran leads the NFC with a 74.8 QBR for a 4-1 team.

7. Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert: The league’s highest-rated passer on deep attempts has the broad and advanced numbers as a prime MVP candidate for a 4-1 team.

8. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: No way you can count him out with a league-high 15 touchdown passes and the top QBR in football. The Chiefs have to get out of this rut though.

9. Dallas Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs: With six interceptions in five games, the sophomore is on pace to shatter the single-season NFL record of 14. That’s unlikely, but the pace gets him a spot on here for now.

10. Cleveland Browns edge Myles Garrett: With seven sacks in five games, Garrett is on pace to set a new single-season NFL record with 24. Same logic as with Diggs.

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 theScore.com, 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 CBSSports.com, Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.