MVP: Peyton Manning, QB, Indy
Peyton Manning is a badass, no other way to put it. He may not have a 4-0 record right now, but he’s on pace for another amazing season thus far. He’s on track for 5,400 yards, 44 TDs, and only 4 INTs. I doubt it actually happens, but Peyton Manning is the rock of the Colts and has been the most talented player in the NFL for years now. The Colts always have a chance to win no matter what the situation if you give Manning the chance. They can lean on him as much as possible and he will produce; he always has and always will.
OPOY: Arian Foster, RB, Houston
I had a feeling Foster would be good this season, but not this good. I was expecting maybe 1,000 yards rushing and 7 TDs. Frost even predicted Montario Hardesty would out-gain him. So much for that! As of only 4 games he has 537 yards rushing, 152 yards receiving, and 5 total TDs and is on pace for over 2,000 yards. It’s not like he’s getting overwhelming carries too; he only has 85 on the season while averaging a staggering 6.3 yards per carry. Foster is just a smart runner and a perfect fit for Houston’s zone blocking scheme.
DPOY: Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay
People were impressed by how Matthews went from a walk-on at powerhouse USC to starting with the likes of Cushing and Maualuga. It was equally impressive how he raised up to a first round draft pick. Apparently Matthews likes outdoing himself because he has 7 sacks in only 4 games and is on track for a staggering 28. His relentless attitude and pass rushing moves have made opposing QBs weary and rightfully so. He’s a threat to get to the QB regardless of the situation and is turning into a complete linebacker for the Packers.
Surprise Player: Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver
If you would have told me Brandon Lloyd would be the second leading receiver in the NFL, I would have called you high and an idiot. Truth of the matter is Lloyd has rejuvenated his dead NFL career by becoming Orton’s go-to receiver in Denver’s pass heavy offense. He’s a deep threat who has shown the determination to catch the hard passes that plagued him early on in his career. He’s at 454 yards receiving already and less than 300 yards away from his best NFL season ever. However, he’ll most likely blow past that mark when all is said and done.
ROY: Sam Bradford, QB, St Louis
Bradford got off to a rocky start week 1, but has really turned it on as of late helping the Rams get a surprising 2-2 start (1 more win already than they had last season). Despite being sacked 10 times already, Bradford has thrown for 944 yards with 6 TDs and 6 INTs. Obviously he needs to quit with the INTs, but considering this is his first time playing in well over a year, it’s definitely noteworthy. He’s shown determination and leadership on a young team devoid of any talent in the receiving corps and is rising to the occasion.
Biggest Bust: Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco
Considering San Francisco was supposed to be the top team in the NFC West, it’s extremely disappointing that they are 0-4. At the helm of the terribleness is QB Alex Smith (yet again). Smith went from a solid 2009 season where he had 18 TDs and 12 INTs to this season where he has 3 TDs and 7 INTs and is back down to a 66 QB rating (well below average). He has been turnover-prone like he did early on in his career and is truly hampering San Francisco’s offense. If San Francisco wants to turn this season around, it absolutely must start with Alex Smith.