Measuring Peyton Manning's value can be easy.
Take one look at his contract. It's counting more than $21 million against the team's salary cap this season.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick provided another measurement tool during the Colts' 35-34 victory over New England. His decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the New England 29 while protecting a 34-28 lead reflected quite a few things, including Manning's value when it matters most -- with the ball in his hands late in a game.
Yes, Belichick was showing faith in Tom Brady to pick up 2 yards with the game on the line.
We can debate whether Belichick showed too little confidence in his defense, but the other side of the argument says he showed too much.
On Manning, we can all agree. There is no good time for an opponent to put the ball in his hands. Belichick's gambit only reinforced my decision to move Manning back into the No. 1 spot in the weekly MVP Watch.
Worthy candidates come and go from the list each week. Here are 10 I couldn't overlook heading into Week 11: