Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/20/12
After six weeks of football there are a few players who are establishing themselves as contenders for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award.Although six weeks is not that big of a sample size there have been some outstanding seasons up to this point and there are players who will be in the mix for MVP all season.Eli Manning has been playing great football so far in 2012.Aaron Rodgers struggled early but with a six-touchdown performance in a rout of the Houston Texans he threw himself right back into the mix for MVP.Matt Ryan is leading the undefeated Atlanta Falcons with a fantastic season.All of these players have been great but the MVP front-runner so far is Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos.After missing all of 2011 with a neck injury Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts and joined the Broncos.There were a lot of questions surrounding the health of Manning’s neck and his ability to continue to play at a high level.In 2012, Manning is answering all those questions with another typical season we have come to expect.Although the Broncos have a record of 3-3 they have played a very difficult schedule. The combined record of their opponents, including the Falcons and Texans, is 20-14.On the season Manning is completing 67.8% of his passes for 1,808 yards and 14 touchdowns to just four interceptions. His 105.0 quarterback rating is good for second in the NFL.His best performance came this past Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. With the Broncos down 24-0 at halftime, Manning led Denver on a furious comeback that resulted with the Broncos winning 35-24. On the night Manning was 24-30 for 309 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.It was another typical Manning comeback that he has done so many times in his career. If there were any questions that he had not already answered he did so on Monday night.After making the playoffs in 2011 with Tim Tebow at quarterback, the Broncos went after Manning for how he is able to elevate the players around him.Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are enjoying career years while playing with Manning. With Tebow under center their talents were not being utilized to their full potential.With Manning running the no-huddle offense Thomas and Decker are able to take advantage of mismatches and Manning puts them in great position to make plays.Entering their bye-week the Broncos are currently in first place in the AFC West and their schedule gets easier the second half of the season.They host the New Orleans Saints in their first game after the bye and then play Cincinnati, Carolina, San Diego, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Baltimore, Cleveland and Kansas City.Denver has a chance to get to 10 or 11 wins if they continue to play the way they are. With Manning under center they will have a chance to win every game.If Denver gets to double-digit wins and makes the playoffs winning fifth MVP award will be well within Manning’s reach. At this point he should be the favorite to win it with his strong performance after missing all of 2011.
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