Both Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks have appeared on NFC West blogger Mike Sando's famous MVP Watch in recent weeks, but now it's time for Eli Manning to climb the charts. Manning shows up at No. 7 on this quarterback-heavy list. Only Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco and Tom Brady stand in his way right now.
My only argument with Sando's list is that Peyton was allowed to stay at No. 1 following his mediocre performance in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Here's what Sando wrote about Eli:
"The Giants QB trails only Rivers and Brees in TD passes this season. Five consecutive Giants victories and three consecutive games with a rating in triple digits push Manning into the MVP conversation."
Sando moved Oakland running back Darren McFadden into the No. 9 spot on his MVP Watch, but I think Bradshaw's had the better overall season. If he has a big day Sunday against an injury-depleted Cowboys defensive line, he'll likely return to one of the most exclusive tops 10s in all of sports.