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Is Matt Ryan the Early Leader in the MVP Race?

On Sunday night, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" analyst Chris Collinsworth said Matt Ryan is the leader for MVP through the first four games of the season.

Even though it's early, the numbers Ryan has put up make it almost impossible to argue against Collinsworth's comment.

Ryan is the NFL leader in the following categories: completion percentage (72.1), yards (1,473), yards-per-attempt (10.52), touchdown passes (11, tied with Ben Roethlisberger) and passer rating (126.3), no one with at least 100 passes is above 104.6.

Not only has Ryan's individual production been outstanding, he also has his team sitting atop of the NFC South at 3-1. The Falcons' offense ranks No. 1 in three different categories: points per game (38.0), yards per game (478.8) and passing yards per game (354.3).

So, who else is in the conversation with Ryan for early MVP? We collaborated with Sporting News NFL columnist, Alex Marvez, to examine who Ryan's current competition is.

1. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger has completed nearly 64 percent of his passes for 1,116 yards and a league-best 11 touchdown passes thus far. Big Ben's five touchdown passes in the Steelers' win over the Chiefs made him the sixth quarterback in NFL history to throw five touchdown passes over the course of his career.

2. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

The NFL's sack leader, Von Miller, has showed his dominance through Denver's first four games, already recording 5.5 sacks. Miller also has the Broncos playing at a high level on defense, as they rank in the top five in total defense, passing defense and points allowed per game.

3. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan's teammate, Julio Jones, is also off to a tremendous start. Jones set a franchise record with 300 receiving yards on 12 receptions in Atlanta's win over the Carolina Panthers. He became just the fourth player in the Super Bowl era to record 300 receiving yards in a single game. He also averaged 25 yards per reception, which is tied for the fifth best single-game average among receivers with at least 10 catches. Jones' Week 4 performance vaulted him into the NFL lead with 488 receiving yards this season.

4. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

In the past two games, Russell Wilson is 38-for-55 (69.1 percent) for 552 yards (10 yards per attempt) and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. Wilson has his team at 3-1 and tied for first place in the NFC West.

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