4. Jordan Love, Packers
I think realistically speaking, you couldn't rank Jordan Love lower than No. 5 on this type of list. A lot of people discovered Love for the first time as the Packers took on the Cowboys this past weekend, and Love's performance against Dallas was nearly flawless.
Operating Matt LaFleur's offense, Love has been outstanding. Making plays out of structure, he's been extremely good, especially since early November.
The Packers took their lumps with Love early in the season and he's played at an MVP level ever since. We've seen him go toe-to-toe with Patrick Mahomes already (and win). I think Love's level of play right now is a big reason why the Packers are more of a contender than just a feel-good story.
3. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
We know Patrick Mahomes is ultra-competitive, but there's just something about the way he and the Chiefs have played this year, starting with the first game of the season.
It's not that they look tired or uninspired, but almost as though they are playing with house money and they know it. Mahomes has been more reckless with the ball and the Chiefs are leaning on their defense more this year than ever before in the Patrick Mahomes era.
But he's still Mahomes, and these are still the playoffs.