Here is our first quarter of the season All Pro team - offense.
Quarterback:Peyton Manning, Denver
And it's not even close. Manning is in a different universe from his competitors, peers and history. Denver is the league's best team at the quarter pole, and he's hands-down the MVP.
Runners-up: Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers
Running backs:LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
One of the few teams in the league still running the ball, the Eagles are going off for an impressive 6.1 yards per carry, and McCoy's 468 yards and 6.0 yards per carry are driving it. Get them a defense, and we might be talking about a good team.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
He edges out DeMarco Murray largely due to the combination of explosive plays (two runs of 60-plus yards this year) and focal point of the team's offense.
Runners up: DeMarco Murray, Matt Forte
Wide receivers:Julio Jones, Atlanta
Jones is off to a start that would rival Randy Moss's record-shattering 2007 season in New England. He leads the NFL with 33 receptions and 481 yards.
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay
In three games, Nelson is averaging 96 yards a game and has three touchdowns. He's also catching a larger percentage of his targets (78.2) than any receiver with 23 or more targets who isn't on the Denver Broncos. He has 16.1 yards per catch on an insanely high target percentage, hence why he's on this list, over Giants WR Victor Cruz.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
Crazy? Brown is fifth in the NFL in receptions (32), yards (412) and 20-plus yard catches (seven). His performance in Week 3 was one of the best by any wide receiver this season, and he backed it up with a league-high 13 catches against Minnesota in Week 4.
Runners-up: Victor Cruz, Demaryius Thomas, Anquan Boldin
Tight ends:Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
The tight end position used to require blocking. Now, with players like Graham out-producing most wide receivers, it's impossible to ignore. Graham is one of the best receivers in the league, hands down, and he makes an argument to be the best through four games - 27 catches, 458 yards, six touchdowns through four games.
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland
An emerging dual-threat tight end, Cameron has made highlight-reel catches but blocks at a decent level as well. A testament to middle-round draft picks who work hard; he's improved considerably from where he started as a rookie in 2011.
Runners-up: Antonio Gates (San Diego), Julius Thomas (Denver)
Offensive tackles:Cordy Glenn, Buffalo
By many accounts, Glenn has been the most consistent blocker at any position this season. A second round pick in 2012, Glenn was not on the board when the Steelers selected Mike Adams in the second round (No. 56 overall). Just in case you were wondering.
Michael Roos, Tennessee
While the Titans running game isn't quite getting off the ground, their pass protection has been outstanding. Roos has not allowed a sack yet this year, and only six hurries in four games.
Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati
The Bengals' offense hasn't gotten out of first gear yet this year, but it's not the fault of Whitworth, who seems to improve every year.
Runners-up: Zach Strief (New Orleans), Doug Free (Dallas), Anthony Castonzo (Indianapolis)
Offensive guards:Evan Mathis, Philadelphia
The offense isn't so much of a problem with the Eagles, and certainly not their running game. Mathis is a big part of that.
Kory Lichtensteiger, Redskins
Washington is one of the game's better passing teams, and what they've been unable to do on the ground to this point has been one of a few black eyes on the team, Lichtensteiger has not been the issue.
Clint Boling, Cincinnati
With the Bengals having clearly the best offensive line in the AFC North, it seems only a matter of time until they can begin scoring points in bunches.
Runners-up:Larry Warford (Detroit), Garrett Reynolds (Atlanta), Louis Vasquez (Denver)
Centers:Chris Meyers, Houston
Another rock solid year for one of the most consistently outstanding linemen in the game.
Alex Mack, Cleveland
The Browns are building a foundation at long last, Mack will be a big part of it in the future.
Runners-up: Nick Hardwich (San Diego), Mike Pouncey (Miami)
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