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Three early candidates for NFL MVP 2016

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We are a quarter of the way through the 2016 NFL season and the new campaign has already had it's fair share of twists and turns.

There are only three unbeaten teams remaining, with the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings sitting on 4-0 records while the Philadelphia Eagles come off their early bye week at 3-0 with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz leading the way.

So, with the league in such a topsy-turvy state, why not have a look at some MVP candidates. Here are three of them...

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1) Matt Ryan

Yes, I cannot believe that I am typing this either, but Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been playing like a serious MVP caliber player in the opening portion of the 2016 season.

Carolina Panthers v Atlanta Falcons

Ryan torched a vaunted Carolina Panthers defense to the tune of over 500 yards last weekend and is leading the Falcons offense to what may well be the best statistical offense in the history of the NFL, as they currently lead the 2011 Saints team that averaged 467 yards per game. Ryan currently leads in every single QB statistic and has been incredible so far. Let's see if he can keep it up.

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2) Von Miller

After Ryan, we're back into reality with a player who most would've expected to be making a run at the MVP award this year.

The Denver Broncos star is far and away the best linebacker in all of football right now, sorry Luke Kuechly. The Broncos defense is holding all quarterbacks and offenses around the league at bay, with no opponent this season gaining more than 200 passing yards or 20 points.

Through four games, Miller has 5.5 sacks and 16 combined tackles. He is absolutely dominant.

Los Angeles Rams v Denver Broncos

3) Julio Jones

After the 300-yard game he had at the weekend, there was no way we could leave out Julio. Making it two Falcons stars out of three, Jones has been at his explosive best, going off for 488 yards and three touchdowns on just 22 receptions at an average of 22.2 yards per catch.

That game against the Panthers was truly incredible and could be the highlight reel game that gets voters talking. If he can carry on at a 100-yard a game pace, then you should expect to see Julio Jones in MVP contention as the season goes on.

Carolina Panthers v Atlanta Falcons

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