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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Mike Sando's MVP Watch

By Mike Sando

Ten of the 12 NFL teams with two or fewer defeats found representation on the MVP Watch list heading into Week 8.

The two exceptions -- Kansas City and Seattle -- have outperformed expectations without producing clear candidates. They'll have to settle for leading their divisions.

The Chiefs have two running backs with at least 460 yards. No other team can make that claim, although the division of labor is costing Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles at the MVP polls.

The Seahawks love what they're getting from receiver Mike Williams, who has 21 receptions over the past two games, both victories. But he's a better candidate for comeback player than MVP at this point. Seattle's defense has generally played well. Earl Thomas ranks among the league leaders in interceptions with four, putting him on pace to challenge the franchise single-season record held by Kenny Easley and John Harris, but Thomas is a better candidate for defensive rookie of the year.

We're now deep enough into the season to start excluding outstanding individuals from lagging teams. Philip Rivers dropped off the list this week, to cite one example.

And now, on to the list ...