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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Mike Sando's MVP Watch

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

A recent Cardinals news release announcing Kurt Warner as the NFC's offensive player of the week carried an improbable historical revelation.

With his latest stellar performance, Warner joined Johnny Unitas as the only players in NFL history to post four consecutive games with a passer rating of 120 or higher.

Warner plays in a passing age, but the link to Unitas gave the feat a timeless quality.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame features 23 modern-era quarterbacks with surnames familiar to fans of any generation. Playing the position well requires more than glossy stats, of course, but most Hall of Fame quarterbacks have put up staggering numbers at some point in their careers.

Warner has a chance to extend his streak to five games when he faces the 49ers on "Monday Night Football" in Week 14. Warner posted a 121.9 rating in his most recent MNF game (last season, also against the 49ers).

While Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre have dominated the MVP Watch list this season, Warner and Philip Rivers deserve more prominence in the conversation.

Rivers has won seven consecutive starts. Warner has posted a 7-1 record in his last eight.

Rivers has arguably been hotter than Warner over the last month. In his last four games, Rivers has completed 76 percent of his passes for 1,066 yards with seven touchdowns, no interceptions and a 133.2 rating.