Mike Sando's MVP Watch

Peyton Manning topped the MVP Watch nine times in the first 10 weeks of this NFL season.

He did not crack the top 10 this week, a scenario once as unfathomable as Manning's recent run of flawed performances.

Four interceptions during the Indianapolis Colts' blowout defeat to San Diego in Week 12 gave Manning seven picks in his past two games. The Colts have lost three of their past four.

Manning has failed to post a passer rating higher than 69.8 in four of his past seven games. For reference: Derek Anderson's season rating for the Arizona Cardinals is 68.2.

Manning is the 15th-rated passer in the NFL this season. He has gone from No. 1 on the MVP Watch list Nov. 10 to fourth a week later, fifth last week and unlisted entering Week 13.

A home date with the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13 might help Manning recapture his familiar form. The Cowboys' opponents this season have 23 touchdown passes, nine interceptions and a 101.4 rating.