After another huge game on Sunday, Peyton Manning his closing in on the fifth Most Valuable Player award of his career.
Manning is already the only player in NFL history to win the Associated Press MVP award four times, and on Sunday he had one of his best games of a great season, completing 39 of 59 passes for 397 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Manning is now at 45 touchdown passes on the season, meaning he’ll likely break Tom Brady’s record of 50. Breaking that record would generate a new round of attention for the great season Manning has had, and would likely tip most MVP voters in Manning’s favor.
Perhaps equally important for Manning’s MVP candidacy is that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the player who was beginning to generate some solid MVP buzz as an alternative to Manning, had a mediocre game in Seattle’s loss to San Francisco. There aren’t a lot of other alternatives to Manning.
It’s still possible that Manning could fold down the stretch and the Broncos could lose the division race to the Chiefs. If that happens, someone like Wilson or Eagles running back LeSean McCoy might still be able to win the award.
But right now, Manning looks like he’s going to be named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Again.