Drew Brees Nov 4, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates after a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 NFL regular season is now more than 50 percent complete, which means it’s no longer too early to gauge the MVP race with a straight face. Entering Week 10, here’s a look at the top six candidates in the race for the most illustrious individual award in professional football.

1. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (last week: 3): They’re really jockeying back and forth right now, but there’s no denying that Brees outperformed last week’s leader, Todd Gurley, Sunday in New Orleans.  The league’s highest-rated passer has completed a ridiculous 76.3 percent of his passes.

2. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (last week: 2): The sophomore leads the league in passing yardage and passing touchdowns and the 8-1 Chiefs have the highest-scoring offense in the NFL.

3. Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (last week: 1): Even after playing a limited role against the Saints, Gurley leads the NFL with 1,230 scrimmage yards and 16 touchdowns as part of an 8-1 team.

4. Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers (last week: 4): The 36-year-old has 19 touchdown passes to just three interceptions and he’s yet to put together a bad game this season. He’s posted a triple-digit passer rating in seven of eight games for a 6-2 Bolts squad.

5. Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (last week: NR): He’s got similar numbers to Rivers, but the Falcons are just 4-4.

6. Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff (last week: 8): Gurley’s getting all the attention, but Goff was actually exceptional against the Saints. He’s the league’s sixth-highest-rated passer, and his 9.6 yards-per-attempt average ranks second to only Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fringe candidates: Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, Rams DT Aaron Donald, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady

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.