Originally Posted by Geo
Then again that sort of argument brings Peyton Manning into the picture, if the Colts and he immediately play consistently at this higher level from before and find a way to win most of their games. He'd have to make up a lot of ground, but if the race has no strong leading candidate, who knows.
Though name-value and recognition aside, there's an element of desensitization to some players (Peyton included), a sticking point of Shiver's I recall and agree with. Manning actually put the team in position to win the Jacksonville game too, but the defense couldn't hold onto the lead.
I was thinking about this more this morning, and came away estimating that Peyton has a better chance than I initially thought.
For me, I won't consider Warner for MVP until after Weeks 12 and 13: against the New York Giants and at Philly. He needs to prove himself to me against quality competition, and he needs to at least play well/okay in those games to be MVP. The closest thing to a signature win that Warner has is Dallas at home.