Bloggers: Manning over Brady as MVP

In this week’s MVP Watch, Mike Sando polled the other ESPN.com NFL bloggers to help decide the intriguing MVP battle between longtime rivals Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Even though Brady is coming off a dominant performance against Houston, Manning won the blogger vote 5-3. I was among those who voted for Manning.

I’ve seen him play many times this season and his play was been spectacular. Yes, Brady has been terrific, too.

But I just think Manning’s comeback, his impact on the team and overall performance gives him the edge at this point of the season. Four months ago, we all had a feeling New England would be a Super Bowl contender. Could we say the same thing about Manning and the Broncos with him coming off of a major neck surgery and with no previous chemistry with his new teammates?

No, and that’s why he gets my vote.

In other AFC West news:

The Chargers’ slim playoff hopes can die Sunday even if they beat the Panthers. That’s what happens when you are 5-8. Your destiny is not in your control.

The Chargers have signed former New England linebacker Gary Guyton.

Cornerback Ronald Bartell has cleared waivers and he is free to sign elsewhere. Oakland cut him Monday. I don’t think he’d be a priority for any of the other three teams in the division. I do think a playoff contender with a need for cornerback depth, such as the New York Giants, Houston or Seattle, could potentially take a look at Bartell.

The Chargers are getting creative in an attempt to avoid another blackout.

Likely speaking for kick returners everywhere, Kansas City return man Javier Arenas slammed the idea of the NFL eliminating kickoffs from the game.

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said veteran offensive linemen Ryan Lilja, Branden Albert and Russ Hochstein will all not practice Wednesday because of back injuries. Crennel said the team has not determined whether standout receiver Dwayne Bowe will be put on injured reserve. He is definitely out for Sunday’s game with what Crennel described as “sore” ribs.

Crennel said receiver Steve Breaston needs to understand the game plan better before he gets on the playing field. He has missed several games and he has seven catches this season. Once considered one of the better slot receivers in the game, Breaston has not fit in with first-year offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s system. If the current regime is back next year, I highly doubt Breaston will be.

The Chiefs added offensive lineman Dustin Waldron to the practice squad.