With just a few short weeks remaining in the 2010 NFL season, it's time to give heavy thought to who exactly the league MVP should be.

There are indeed several options to choose from, but only one will ultimately win the award.

Interestingly enough, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has crept up the rankings.

But is it enough to crack my Top 10? How does he fare against players such as Michael Vick or Tom Brady?

Well, let's find out.

Here is my current ranking of the Top 10 NFL MVP candidates.

10. Roddy White

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta  Falcons against the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on October 24,  2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Roddy White has registered 99 receptions for 1,219 yards and seven touchdowns. The scary thing? He doesn't show any signs of slowing down any time soon.

He's definitely having an amazing season and bringing his name into the discussion of the greatest receiver in the league today.

9. Aaron Rodgers

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of  the Green Bay Packers in action against the New York Jets on October  31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New  Jersey.The Packers defeated the Jets 9-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/G
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Aaron Rodgers is the catalyst of the Green Bay Packers offense, and without him they are utterly stagnant, as we witnessed yesterday against the Detroit Lions.

While he's posted superb statistics (23 TD, 3,289 yards), his team's 8-5 record and the fact that he suffered a concussion that may sideline him ultimately takes him out of true MVP contention.

8. Joe Flacco

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5  of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers  at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Pittsburgh won 13-10.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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Joe Flacco may not be putting up gaudy numbers, but he's efficient and has done a nice job leading the Ravens this season.

It's amazing to watch this young gunslinger develop at such a young stage in his career.

7. Maurice Jones-Drew

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 12:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32  of the Jacksonville Jaguars breaks the tackle of Travis Goethel #50 of  the Oakland Raiders during the game at EverBank Field on December 12,  2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Ge
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Surprised to see his name up here? Well, you shouldn't be.

Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the more underrated players in the NFL, yet he constantly produces at a very high level.

This season, he's already racked up 1,573 yards from scrimmage, including a league-best 1,278 yards rushing. Note that he's also scored seven total touchdowns.

6. Troy Polamalu

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the  Pittsburgh Steelers watches the game against the New England Patriots  from the bench during the game on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Imag
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Troy Polamalu is a player that's currently flying under the radar when it comes to the MVP race.

Nonetheless, his impact on the Pittsburgh Steelers is undeniable. Not only has he elevated the overall defensive unit, but he makes the game-changing plays, such as the forced fumble last week against the Baltimore Ravens and the pick-six yesterday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

While others may disagree, I strongly believe that Polamalu is performing like the best defensive player in the league right now.

5. Drew Brees

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12:  Drew Brees #9  of the  New Orleans Saints looks to throw the ball during the game against the  St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on December 12, 2010 in New  Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Drew Brees has truly taken his game to the next level over the past few seasons, establishing himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL.

Once again, he's leading the Saints to a strong record with 28 touchdowns and 3,855 yards.

Interestingly enough, it seems as if he will have disproved the Madden Curse.

4. Matt Ryan

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of  the Atlanta Falcons celebrates a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers  at Georgia Dome on September 20, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After this season, Matt Ryan may have solidified his standing amongst the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Not only has he led the Falcons to an 11-2 record thus far, which has major implications on MVP balloting, but he's done so in an impressive fashion, as he's thrown for 22 touchdowns and 3,147 yards.

He's certainly come a long way since the team took him with the No. 3 overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

3. Michael Vick

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Michael Vick  #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass against the Dallas  Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.   (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick has had a miraculous season so far, as he's turned around his career and his overall public image.

He's been the driving force behind the Philadelphia Eagles' success, as he's thrown for 2,513 yards and 17 touchdowns while also rushing for 483 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Unfortunately, I think he took himself out of first place over the past few weeks.

2. Philip Rivers

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17  of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass in the fourth quarter  against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in  San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28-1
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Philip Rivers has defied the odds this season and led the San Diego Chargers despite being without several of his top receiving options.

Even so, he's thrown for 26 touchdowns and 3,868 yards.

If he takes the Chargers to the AFC West crown, I think he definitely considers strong consideration.

1. Tom Brady

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06:  Tom Brady #12 of the New  England Patriots reacts after BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored a 1-yard  rushing touchdown in the first quarter against the New York Jets at  Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (
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At this point in time, there's no doubt in my mind that Tom Brady would run away with this award.

Brady is a prime example of why the NFL is a quarterback-driven league and how a single player can make a tremendous impact on a football team.

He's taken the Patriots down a difficult schedule and still managed to post a 11-2 record while throwing 29 touchdowns for 3,398 yards and only four interceptions.

On a side note, he's also thrown 268 passes without an interception, a streak that dates back to Week 6.

By Mihir Bhagat


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