For 87.5 percent of the NFL, the 2012 season is 25 percent over.
Twenty-eight of the leagues 32 teams have now played four games, with varying results. While theres plenty of football remaining, some players and coaches have already emerged as frontrunners for the NFLs year-end awards.
If I had to submit my Associated Press ballot today, heres how it would look:
Most Valuable Player: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.
How chilled is Matty Ice? With his team pinned on its 1-yard line and trailing Carolina by one point with 59 seconds remaining, Ryan calmly dropped back into his end zone and heaved a 59-yard strike to wide receiver Roddy White. Two more completions and a Panthers pass-interference penalty followed, putting the Falcons in position for Matt Bryants game-winning 40-yard field goal Sunday in a 30-28 home victory.
The drive was Ryans 17th game-winner in the fourth quarter or overtime. It also was reflective of just how well he has played in 2012.
Ryan has completed 69.4 ...