Rice, the dual-threat running back for the Baltimore Ravens, ranks No. 10 and is one of five running backs on the list. He is the lone representative for the AFC North, but he's also the most deserving.
In four Ravens' wins this season, Rice is averaging 88.7 yards rushing and 62.2 yards receiving. Last Sunday, he had 161 yards of total offense in a 29-14 win over Houston.
Here's my top-five MVP candidates for the AFC North at this point:
1. Ravens RB Ray Rice
2. Bengals QB Andy Dalton
3. Steelers WR Mike Wallace
4. Ravens LB Terrell Suggs
5. Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley