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Mike Sando's MVP Watch

10/28/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Style points affect the MVP Watch list only to a degree.

Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger weren't always pretty in Week 7, but they did what legitimate MVP candidates do in leading their teams to victory.

Both rank among the NFL's statistical leaders and their teams have won a combined 10 consecutive games.

In fact, the top six figures on the MVP Watch list this week play for teams that have won a combined 25 in a row.

I also found room on the list this week for Aaron Rodgers and Matt Schaub, who might have been overlooked a week ago. Brett Favre slipped a few spots, but I also wondered whether that phantom tripping call against the Vikings might have short-circuited a potential comeback. We'll never know.

Completing 73.8 percent of his passes with 13 TDs and 117.4 rating against standard pressure.

Has 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions when passing inside the red zone this season.

Already has more completions covering 40-plus yards (eight) than he had last season (seven).

Has 688 yards and nine TD passes in his last two games. Thank you, Bucs and Titans.

Only Orton and Brett Favre have at least four TD passes without an interception vs. added pressure.

Within 27 yards of matching his career single-season high for rushing yards.

Did a fantastic finish elude Favre when officials invented that tripping call to wipe out a TD at Pittsburgh?

The bye week slowed him only temporarily. Ten sacks in six games is crazy.

On pace for 30 TD passes and 5 INTs over a full season. Another 4,000-yard season likely.

Has already set a career high for TD passes in a season. Averaging 296 yards per game.