Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Mike Sando's MVP Watch
By Mike Sando ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Style points affect the MVP Watch list only to a degree.
Rank 'Em: MVP Candidates
How do you size up the NFL MVP race? Drew Brees and Peyton Manning continue piling up wins and touchdowns at a tremendous pace. Who is the best player in the NFL? Cast your vote
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.